Gipsgrueb Community (Ehrendingen AG)
Description: The cooperative "Gipsgrueb" is situated outside the village of Ehrendingen, in a small calm valley at the foot of the last mountain of the Jura-range. The over-100-years-old buildings of a former cement factory were left unattended for many years. Since the taking-over by the cooperative „Gipsgrueb“ in 1982 a garden and a farm have been built up on the agricultural land. Both of them have been run since the beginning on the guidelines of organic farming. The total area cared by the cooperative was about 14 ha consisting mainly of extensive pastures and meadows, woods and ponds. Some years ago most of the land was sold to Pro Natura, the Swiss nature conservation society. Today, the farm is run by a local tenant and the garden mainly serves the personal needs of the community members.
Type of Work: You will work 2 x 5 days helping the cooperative in the organic garden, maintaining stone walls, maintain shrubs and hedges, renovate the water pipe of the solar system - dig out, improving the insulation and dig in again. Working with pruning shears, shovels, pickaxes, rakes. Harvest plums and blackberries, if there are.
Study Theme: You will have a 2-hour session, where you will learn more about the cooperative Gipsgrueb.
Accommodation: You will enjoy your sleep in the loft of the barn or in tents. Please, bring your sleeping bags. The accommodation is simple. It has two showers (one solar shower outside and a usual one inside) and a common room. The group will cook by itself, so bring some good cooking recipes. WIFI is available.
Language: The camp required language is English. The people in the project speak German and English. The local language is Swiss German.