Farmunk: An Eco-Friendly Community in a Remote Hungarian Village
Our founder had the pleasure of speaking to SziSzi Voros, social media manager of Farmunk, a 42-acre property in Vertesszolos, a remote Hungarian village that dedicates itself to the animals, the land, and two surrounding lakes. Farmunk is an outdoor haven whose visitors come with the sole purpose of achieving relaxation and discovering a heightened sense of consciousness and self-preservation through permaculture, bush crafting, and an array of skill building activities. Visitors live on and off the land, staying overnight in self-made tree houses and yurts.
Best friends Márk Pálos and István Györy bought the property in 2013 when they were looking for an area in the wild in which they could live during the summers and partake in ecologically friendly activities. Last year, they decided to move onto the land permanently and offer its services to visitors of all kinds. They’ve created a great sense of community both with its mission and the activities on the land.
There are currently five people who live on the property full-time, and visitors range from Hungarian citizens looking for a weekend getaway to scouts on a week-long trips. Travelers from all over the world, including the United States, have stayed at Farmunk, with the average age being 25 years old. According to SziSzi, “some visitors come for 3-4 weeks, and there are some who just come for a rapid recharge by nature (it can also be one day).” Several languages are spoken at Farmunk. Sziszi herself speaks English, German, and Italian.
Visitors get together and form new bonds and friendships through various activities like fishing, playing football, or swimming. At night, they sit around a bonfire and talk, eat, drink, watch movies, and just simply be. Farmunk is a “huge place with infinite opportunities to create and try out the nomad lifestyle, be happy, and enjoy nature and its luxuries,” notes Sziszi. The property is solar-powered and has working electricity and WiFi.
The word ‘farmunk’ is Hungarian for ‘farm,’ and the property most definitely lives up to its name. Living on the farm are animals of all kinds: cats, dogs, pigs, rabbits, sheep, and peacocks, to name a few. The animals are free to roam the property and love to mingle with people.
Founders Márk and István hope to create more vegetable gardens and plant more greenery with the help of its visitors. “Because Farmunk is not a business or organization, we don’t have exact prices or costs. It’s a private land and just an amicable community! We don’t expect people to pay us, but people usually help us out around the farm by feeding the animals or building things. Guests have built chairs and tables out of wood in the forest and foliage terraces. And when they come back the following year, their creation is still there waiting for them.”
Sziszi explains that no one needs to have experience living on a farm to stay at Farmunk, but it all depends on what they want to get out of their visit. “It’s all about nature and freedom, where we all came from originally. Our purpose and motivation is to live a natural life, and create a harmonic connection between people and nature. Nature’s biological diversity is an irreplaceable value for humanity, so it is in our best interest to protect and restore its current conditions.”