To help tear down the language barrier, I´d like to show you, from time to time, some of the pictures posted at our German-speaking homesteading and permaculture forums www.selbstvers.org
A Selbstversorger is a self-sufficient person (or at least interested in self-sufficiency).
Location: Brandenburg, Germany
Glasshouse made of used windows.
Their new mailbox, created by her husband, who is an artist blacksmith.
posted 6 years ago
Location: Thuringia, Germany
This family is reanimating a historic vicarage. The big house and the adjoining buildings are turned into several apartments. The whole thing is surrounded by a permaculture garden.
Website: http://www.erdenpfad.de/index.html They are also offering WOOF-like helper holidays.
Small scale grain growing
One of the kitchens (on the inside they are allowed to be creative).
New shed, made of used wood to fit into the ensamble.
Their preschool child, performing as fire artist.
posted 6 years ago
Location: North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
As money is always short, and to give their residents a meaningful task, they try to live of their own produce as much as possible.
They have a big vegetable garden and are increasing their livestock constantly.
A visitor (Nile monitor)
One of their jersey cows giving birth to her jersey x brahman x nguni calf.
10 days later
Same creek after 450 mm rain within 24 hours. Usual yearly rainfall is 1250 mm.
Imagine what could be achieved there with professional rain harvesting.
Sometimes you just wish you were a cow. (At the beach, about two by car from their location.)
After successfully stopping the planned, very adverse reform of the EU seeds directive, the European seed savers lead by Arche Noah (the Austrian seed savers organization) and Global 2000 (the Austrian part of Friends of the Earth International ) now handed over a petition with more than 500.000 signatures that is claiming free use and legal sales of heritage breeds.
The photo shows Austrian farming minister Andrä Rupprechter forwarding the petition to EU health commissioner Tonio Borg.