Settling Into my New WWOOFing Life in Bern, Switzerland


After hiking in the Alps for a few days, it was time to head to Bern, where I will be spending the next month working and living on an organic farm.

Not knowing what I would be getting myself into, it was not until we pulled up to the farm, with the whole family outside eating brunch that I started to wonder what I was getting myself into.  Being a city girl, would working on farm be too tough for me?  Would I miss Andy too much?  Would Tilly miss me too much (doubtful).  What if the next 4 weeks of my life is cleaning up cow poop!?  Yes….I had a lot of thoughts racing through my mind as I walked up to the the family who, by now, was all starting at me.

 

Relief washed over me when I asked, “Sprechen Sie Englisch, bitte?” and thankfully they all said yes!  I was able to comfortably introduce myself and in no time, Andy and I were sitting at the table with everyone, drinking coffee and continuously being offered fresh food straight from their own farm.  I met the whole family and will hopefully be reminded of names again in the future. Olga (the daughter, about my age) gave us a quick tour of the farm which includes (all organic, of course):

– Dairy farm

Some of the cows chowing down on some hay, taking a break from the fields

Some of the cows chowing down on some hay, taking a break from the fields

 

Some of the babies lounging in the shade

Some of the babies lounging in the shade

 

 

 

– Cheese making facility

– Vegetable farm (zucchinis, cucumbers, garlic and onions, tomatoes, peppers and potatoes is what I saw…who knows what else is out there!)

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Rows of zucchinis with one of the greenhouses on the side

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I’m in basil heaven!!!!! LOOOVE having fresh herbs!

– Own and run a nursery (both for flowers and seedlings)- this is not on the farm though

– Are just starting up a catering business

– Do the local deliveries to houses

 

However, it doesn’t look like the farm is actually THAT big!! I don’t know….maybe I have just not seen enough yet.  I guess that just means I need to get out and explore… fine by me!

Beautiful water trough from the original farmhouse (1800s?) that burnt down in the '90s

Beautiful water trough from the original farmhouse (1800s?) that burnt down in the ’90s

 

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The Economical Excursionist

LeAnna and Andy have been travelling the world for almost three years straight. Currently living in Germany, the couple spends as much time seeing new parts of the world as possible. However, travel can be an expensive endeavor...unless you know how to TRAVEL HACK. Join us in our adventures around the world as well as to learn a few trips on how to travel hack your own trips.

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LeAnna and Andy have been travelling the world for almost three years straight. Currently living in Germany, the couple spends as much time seeing new parts of the world as possible. However, travel can be an expensive endeavor...unless you know how to TRAVEL HACK. Join us in our adventures around the world as well as to learn a few trips on how to travel hack your own trips.

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