Being “green” and the organics herb, produce and medicinal markets are booming around the world. In Germany especially, being a country known for it’s almost religious recycling habits by a majority of the population, eating and living healthy, going back to nature is quite popular.
Eating only food grown locally or indigenous to the area as much as possible. Eating the best of the season is believed to be better on the body. Being in tune with land, earth, sky and waters. What you take into your body equating to your spiritual and physical power, happiness and longevity.
Hof Marienhöhe is a unique communal farm only using natural methods of planting and gathering. Even their tending of animals is done the age-old way with only the cleanest and greenest of modern techniques employed.
Based in an small manor with it’s various cottages nearby the main, to visit is like stepping back in time, to a place peopled by those who move to the rhythm of Sun, Earth and Moon.
There is a core family which began the farm but others can volunteer, and as long as you follow the simple guidelines you can live and work there, but they do have a set number of openings based on space available in quarters. There are singles living at Marienhöhe, young and old, families and even teens who might otherwise have no place to go.
No computers, no electronics. You receive no payment but room and board. Meals are taken together each day. You are assigned tasks to complete which fit your abilities and interests.
The farm is self sustaining though extra money to feed back into the “village” is gained from a small shop which sells only natural goods, their excellent produce, meats, both cured and fresh, and herbal remedies.
At times of harvest, or anytime for that matter by previous arrangement, you can lend a hand and help with the rich reward of friendly companionship, a meal and memories which will last the rest of your days. The days I spent there will certainly live forever in mine.