FAQ - Frequently asked questions

Here you can find frequently asked questions.

We are living in harmony with our natural habitat. In the gardens we respect natural life cycles. Though we keep and grow crops, we live with the principles of Permaculture. We grow native plants and shrubbery or trees. Organic waste is composted, other waste recycled, little ends up in a bin. We try living without plastic/synthetics and use materials as often as possible. By the way, we use much second-hand stuff like clothes or machines and repair broken tools or appliances. We even used a very old wooden ladder to a support pergola for climbing plants in a garden

Public Transportation system in Thuringia.

There is a local bus the Werrabus, Thuringia train and the Deutsche Bahn ICE in Coburg at a distance of 35 Km. By bus you can go to Eisfeld and further to Coburg, Masserberg or Schleusingen. Of course, there is a connexion to more locations. The station is at Eisfeld, the train runs to Sonneberg or Eisenach at the other end of the route.

https://www.sued-thueringen-bahn.de/reiseinformationen/fahrplaene-liniennetz.html

Highways in Thüringen

By car there are more option: Highway 71 or 73, the rest of the connecting highways come from Masserberg, Eisfeld or Schleusingen.

https://www.thueringen.de/mam/th9/tlbv/bab_nebenanlagenkarte_06_2017.pdf

In the upper floor we have a large room with a double-bed for our guests. With a view at the mountain, slope and forest. A connecting space to relax and everything you need for sleeping.

If needed we can provide another space for sleeping. Some people travel together but are not a couple, so sleeping together might be not an ideal stay...

We provide a stay for 2 helpers or guests at the same time.

No, we don´t. We like to ask many questions and communicate a lot with the person who likes to stay with us, before we accept a Wwoofer.

Yes, we do. We don´t have any problems with not “average” or being “different”. We don´t discriminate for colour, roots or gender. Every person that communicates and wants to learn something is welcome.

Yes, the only precondition is, that a compensation will be given. We expect a helping hand from everyone with our daily jobs or projects.

Yes, it is. We decide about longer stays, after we worked together for a fortnight and see how we feel about working like a team.

No, we are sorry, but that is impossible.

We live in the nature park Thüringer Wald, so there is much to explore. Hiking the mountain, walk one of many “Wanderwege“you will find in a map or toboggan. At the Rennsteig there are 200 possibilities to enjoy nature your own way. Like Visit the natural heritage Unesco .

Explore our Region Thüringen entdecken

https://www.thueringer-wald.com/urlaub-wandern-winter/rennsteig-110351.html

Biosphaerenreservat-Thüringerwald https://www.biosphaerenreservat-thueringerwald.de/de/biosphaerenreservat/kurzportrait/

Breakfast is at 7.30 am, we have a warm meal at 01 pm and the last daily meal we have at 7pm. This information is based on an average day, much depends on the planned activities and the weather. We only eat vegetarian food, we bake our own bread, we don´t use salt or sugar. We use many own grown herbs instead.

We always enjoy something unexpected, new meals are very welcome. Till now many guests from abroad introduced new recipes. Some were so tasty we still adopted them. The restriction is: no meat, no salt, no sugar.

If a person stays with us for a couple of days, then there are only the evenings off. Of course, there is enough time to relax, because our guests don´t have to work from dawn till sunset. Is your stay for a longer period, then you´ll get days off, but not necessarily in the weekend. We work when it is possible and needed. The animals however need daily attention like food, fresh water and a cleaned stable.

Yes, we do have Wlan, but access is restricted to the evening hours. Unfortunately, the bandwidth is small, so films or video cannot be watched.

Most cell-phones don´t get connected in our place. Sometimes in the valley or higher up on the mountain you get a connection.

None of the animals are given food besides what we supply them with. Dog or cats never get anything “from the table” or a treat.

After supper we love and respect the silence in the forest. However, we often have discussions at our kitchen table - not outside. We don´t smoke. We don´t allow alcohol or drugs. Smoking inside the house and outside is not allowed.

Outside it is forbidden by law.

The Thuringian law restricts smoking in the forest and the mountain roads all year long.

Smoking in or near the forest could cost you 100 Euro. In times without any rain, an open fire (like a campfire) could cost you 50,000 Euro!

Wwoof-organic farms operate organic agriculture. The gathering of a Bio-operation Certificate/licence takes much effort and costs, so that is just an aim for Bio-companies. Most of the time Wwoof-farms do not work like that. Maybe just for 1 product like bee honey, cheese or bread. So, the criteria for being a Wwoof- organic farm is not the Bio- certificate- Most of the organic farms are pure self-catering and do not enter any market.

Criteria for the acceptance as an organic farm at WWOOF-Germany are, in addition to the ecological way of working, adequate areas of responsibility for WWOOFs and the willingness to teach others. Our understanding of organic (International Federationof Organic Agriculture Movements) poses

Principle of health:

Organic agriculture is intended to preserve and strengthen the health of soil, plants, animals, man and the planet as a whole and indivisible.


Principle of ecology:

Organic farming should build on, work with, imitate and strengthen living ecosystems and cycles

Principle of justice:

Organic farming should build on relationships that guarantee justice in terms of the shared environment and equal opportunities in life

Principle of care

Organic farming should be conducted in a precautionary and responsible manner in order to preserve the health and well-being of present and future generations and to protect the environment

More info: http://www.ifoam.org/en/translations-principles-organic-agriculture

You can find us at wwoof.de (farm 522). Wwoof members have access to the contact data.