May was perhaps the most dramatic of months in terms of weather changes. We had frost at the beginning of the month and high temperatures at the end. In general, I am happy that the sun is out and the garden is full of abundance but most of all I am happy we didn't have a lot of casualities with the late frost.

The oven situation still ongoing, we have collected €23.50 so €9,976.50 left to our €10,000 target :-D

Remember we need to get the new oven before the heating season starts again.

Special thanks to tRaumstation who started the ball rolling with the first donation.

You can contribute here.

Volunteers and visitors

In May we welcomed Ananias & Dom and sadly bid them farewell when they needed to go. We also had Petteri, Mascha, Ruben and Ben who came to visit. Finally Scott who has been volunteering here on and off has returned and we are very happy to have him.

What have the animals been up to...


Have been sooo busy, as you can see our Jaguar has collapsed under the strain of manual labour ;-)



See if you can spot the naughty duck hiding in the herb garden (where she should not be!)



Are all doing well and one of them is sitting on 8 duck eggs... more on this next month! Fingers crossed for ducklings.


Podha has been suffering the heat quite a bit and requires frequent trips to the stream, Moomoo & Black are happy to join in the water. So I have been putting on my yellow rubber boots and walking with them up and down the stream looking for adventure.

In the growing spaces

I transplanted peppers, tomatoes, physalis, chili and planted bantam corn, beans, brussel sprouts, cucumber, flowers, kohlrabi, peas, lettuce, marjoram, radish, beans, pumpkins and clover. You can check out the state of the garden beds on the wiki garden atricle.

Early spring crops including mangold are now seeding and I am hoping that we can continue this no interference self seeding chain for as long as possible. I am keeping an eye out for seeds that I can collect and give out to people who want to try grow their own.


We have been eating spinach, garlic, onions, mangold, lambs tongue, mushrooms, lettuce, chickweed, chicken and duck eggs... everything tastes as you would expect from farm to table #delicious.


The fruit trees

Cherry trees have turned blossoms to growing cherries, elderberry trees have started to flower.


Other projects & donations received

More dog gates have been constructed, thank you Scott.
Mascha donated and worked on a sink and counter to be used in our temporary outdoor kitchen facility, the quality of the sanding was excellent :-D
Petteri and Dom worked on the legs for the kitchen sink top.
Ananias worked on improving the alternative way to the shower
Oma we love you, thank you for the many tomato, mangold, physalis, zucchini and lettuce plants
anon Thank you for the €500 donation that has been partially earmarked for seeds and the rest we will still discuss on how to best apply it, will probably have to be eaten up by the oven :-D

openTech Summit Europe

I went to Berlin to volunteer and present #powerplant at the openTech Summit at MotionLab in Mitte. The presentation was well received and someone even took a picture of me in action :-D.


Thank you to everyone who made it to support me, I really appreciated it.

It was a nice day and got talking to a lot of different people from FOSSASIA, Nextcloud, the Prototype Fund, coderdojo Potsdam, Open Source Diversity and from tRaumstation.

special thanks to Mascha & Ruben for hosting me and making me feel like a princess

Young Coders Summer Camp 2019

Details have been released and you can find them here on the blog and also on our wiki.

Some changes from last year: we have decided to open it also to local participants to join us during the day if they wish - limited spaces up to 8 participants.

Needs & Wants

We are always happy with donations especially when they match our needs :-D

If you have something that you may think is useful but not on our list, ping us an email!

Visiting and Volunteering

We are happy if you want to come and help with the ongoing garden work, upkeep of the house and other projects even if it's only for a weekend. Volunteering let us know your dates and we can check our calendar.


Below you'll find a run down of all the events happening online and onsite at the mill during May, June & July for your calendars.

We welcome suggestions on how to improve the events or even suggestions for topics for the events we have already listed below.

Onsite at Kuckucksmühle:

Important: In order for us to plan sleeping spaces, food etc. please book your space by email.


7th to 9th - IT meetup
4th & 18 4pm to 6pm - freeCodeCamp
14th to 16th - Weekend Deceleration


5th to 7th - IT meetup
2nd, 16th & 30th 4pm to 6pm - freeCodeCamp
12th to 14th - Weekend Deceleration


2nd to 4th - IT meetup
9th to 11th - Weekend Deceleration
13th & 27th 4pm to 6pm - freeCodeCamp


Eco Hacker Farm Monthly Meeting

13th June @8.30pm to 10pm
11th July @8.30pm to 10pm
8th August @8.30pm to 10pm


4th June @4pm to 6pm
18th June @4pm to 6pm
2nd July @4pm to 6pm
16th July @4pm to 6pm
30th July @4pm to 6pm
13th August @4pm to 6pm
27th August @4pm to 6pm

Much love
Aimee xx

p.s. funding change & a ticket to CCCamp

I would love to go to Camp and I need your help to get there... I have written about it on the blog.

Activism and social change are only possible if I do not have to worry about my basic expenses being covered. Thank you for supporting me! You can make a regular contribution through patreon.

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