For the youth which knows that there is future only within a local, sustainable and socially fair environment for all based on learning and experience!
The project Are you interested to learn about local sustainability, self-sufficiency and organic farming in practice and theory? Do you like to spend your days doing meaningful work supporting interesting and innovative ideas and local projects in the field of organic farming?
Then be a part of our team of the "Društvo EkoPot" (Association OrganicWay)! The association is a non-government, non-profit organization with the aim to assist and help to evolve in all kinds on farm projects which include everything from day-to-day on a farm in the frame of locally sustainable projects like CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), crowdfunding in agriculture. You also gain insight into the running of a very active farm with more than 80% self-sufficiency, it is certified organic and biodynamic with vegetable (more than 60 different vegetable varieties), fruit (apples, berries, nut fruits) and field crop production (spelt, einkorn, emmer, kamut, millet, buckwheat, maize, etc.), processing of more than 100 products (baking bread, processed fruits into jams, spreads or canned vegetables for the winter, processing and packaging of flour, cereals, porridge, etc.).
Volunteers The volunteers can be from all kinds of backgrounds (cultural and social-economic) with a clear focus in gaining knowledge of a sustainable daily life, which promotes the local environment and development. Our aim is to introduce motivated youth to sustainable life skills and inter-cultural exchange through the help of the ESC.
We are looking for three volunteers for the time frame of 8,5 months (1st of March till 15th of November 2020). You can be female or male from 18 to 30 years old. The ESC project is financially supporting living costs (accommodation, food, monthly allowance for covering personal needs within the budget).
The aim of the project is - within the farm project to empower volunteers with the knowledge and skills which promote life skills on the personal level (in vegetable, fruit, field crop production, processing and marketing of more than 100 products) as a project we are to 80% self-sufficient;
- to enable young people to see and experience how initiatives like CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), crowd funding (the first in Slovenia in the field of agriculture) and direct marketing work from the idea to the execution;
- to provide other skills as sustainable building, water conservation, working with wood, co-living (in a community with a family and other volunteers);
in a safe and structured environment.
One of the pillars of the activities will the personal growth of the volunteers with the own project which can be diverse and completely in line with the needs and wishes of the volunteer.
Practical information of the location and schedule The NGO is located in the Jarenina vilage (the Podravje region) which is easily connected by public transportation (bus stop is 200 m from the NGO) to all the main cities of Slovenia. Jarenina is a village of 1.200 inhabitants and is close to (15 km) to the second biggest city of Slovenia called Maribor (with 90.000 inhabitants) with a hospital, theaters, music festivals in the summer (Lent festival), cinemas and enables to be connected by bus or train to all parts of Slovenia and neighboring countries. Maribor has a strong base of different NGO's from arts to seed conservation.
The farm has a main house with a community kitchen and a temporary living room. The main house has a house extension with two rooms and a bathroom for up to four volunteers, to enable some privacy and the separation from the farm. In the summer months there is an option of individual living in an restored RV. It can be best described as a hostel like accommodation. In the last three years we have build an outside living space where time after work can be spent with the members of the whole farm. Appliances which are needed (kitchen, washing machine, dryer, vacuum cleaner, etc.) are located in the main house and can be used by everyone.
The activities are structured through the week and depend a lot on the seasonal and climate conditions. A week is structured in five days of in practice farm experience. The afternoons and weekends are always free for personal activities. Due to the fact that the accommodation is on the farm there is no need for daily traveling and consequently this enables less stress and more free time in the daily routine. From Monday to Friday the day starts at 8 a.m.. At 12 a.m. we have a small lunch until 1 p.m. At 4 p.m. there is a big lunch with all the people of the farm.
The day-to-day on-farm activities are all focused on self-sufficiency (more than 80 percent) and the accessibility of this local products to customers who seek for organic and locally produced produce:
- vegetable, fruit and field crop production;
- the on-farm processing of more than 100 products (flour, cereals, bread, marmelades, processed vegetables);
- direct marketing strategies of the farm CSA (community supported agriculture) and crowdfunding.
The NGO promotes theoretical and practical skills important in the efficient organic farming, bio-dynamic agriculture, production, processing and marketing through lectures, seminars, workshops and excursions. In a non-Covid situation we hosted more that 11 events every year which were visited by more than 380 every year.
Application and deadline - all aplicants have to fill out an online questionaire (as a CV and motivation document) till the 1.12.2020; - in the second step the interviews will be held in the first half of December 2020; - we will inform everyone on the 20th of December 2020 of our final decision;
Please share the news and if you have any questions please write us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us 00 386 31 368 162 (Maja) or 00 386 41 960 972 (Matjaž).
We look forward to build a sustainable model in the field of agriculture, environment and social development with YOU!