We are a small biodynamic farm & community+voluntary based group in the south of Finland with some cows, greenhouses and open vegetable lands. We are growing all kind of vegetables and herbs, all organic and biodynamic. We are some permanent stayers in farm and a lot of volunteer through the season. We also have student visitors from gardening schoolds and waldorf schools, so we also host schoolkids&students once a while.
We are all working volunteer way, nobody own company, company rule itself, all income is goin to keep the place alive. So if you plan to come, please respect the ideology that we only trying all to keep the place alive so this place can always accept people to come here and learn some differrent lifestyle.
Its more likely working community, we do all things together. In our farm we do daily works daytime(8-12) and evening(14-18). We have communal lunch at 12 and dinner at 18. middday we have siesta for day nappers. Also all house works(preparing food, taking care of animals, heating of house etc.) we share among people who are staying here. We provide breakfast, lunch, coffee&tea and dinner that we eat all together, cooking turns also shared among the people who stay here.
For 2018 we looking mainly for serious stayers, who relly enjoy hard contryside living, rather long term stayers (also winter ok, if youre ready for it...) . We will not have many volunteers in 2018, so please, only if youre serious with wanting to live in village with all its hardship yet still loving it - you can still contact us (we have space any time)
WE ARE LOOKING FOR PERSON(S) WHO HAVE INTEREST OR EXPERIENCE OF LOOKING AFTER COWS AND CHICKEN, theres every day work with animals and if youre burning with interest for cowcare all day long, please send us message! (summer-autumn-winter-spring all is ok!)
Our daily life includes long days(luckily Finland have long nights too :D), we wish people who like to participate have some interests of living in village with self contained life style. Also we wish people to understand its a hard job to do all things by hand, lots of physical work.
You commitment for this place will keep it alive for the hundreds of others who will stay here after your visit.
You dont need to have any special skills, only devotion to the work you about to make. We have around hundred volunteer in a year and its always nicer to work when all people are full on devoteed, then half on... its helps us all while working together.
If you plan to travel with family, mamas and papas share the kid-looking-after-turns(since the kids have differrent timetable...)
Our main hosting season is from April to September. Our typical summer includes a lot of work in the field and weeding by hand.
Now we are doing lots of other building and maintenance work as we grow our organisation to include more eco projects.
If you planning to come in
Dark, cold, wet. If you enjoy renovating places or taking care of cows, chicken and dogs in cold and dark climat, send us message :) Lots of lonely time, even we are here some people, but these motnhs include lot of independent simple works and lots of free time.
work with seedlings(we do organic seedlings for other biodynamic farms in finland), maintaince work, preparing the farm for upcoming season, fixing things all over the places...collecting stones from fields...(nice!),planting things to greenhouse and open land
weeding! lot of weeding. Taking care of all plants, in greenhouses, in open land. Some harvesting when it starts to get ripen. hay-work (also by hand!)
harvesting, packing vegetables, storing vegetables for home use, maintaince work, finishing season and putting things back together.
packing vegetables, storing for home use, fixing all places to be ready for winter, maintaince work
Let us know if any questions!
HOW TO ARRIVE TO FARM! IMPORTANT!!!!
Since we just lost our only and one local bus, we have NO ANY connections to the farm from 30km distance closer. So if youre not arriving with bicycle, car or by foot - PLEASE ARRIVE MONDAYS OR FRIDAY EVENINGS (or earlier but we anyway will come only evening and you can hang out in lovely Heinola city). Anyway, before arriving of booking ticket etc, we might be in other days in some near cities in markets etc, but that not so sure, so try to hit on those 2 days so we can deliver you into the farm.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
We have everyday schedule that all persons who stay at the farm will follow. Summertime early mornings! (breakfast 7am). We want to be open for persons who are interested in organic or biodynamic farming, or ecological lifestyle etc. Work is mainly something to do with farming(vegetables and animals) and taking care of communal home, but also maintaining places, since the properties are old.
Accommodation is within the main house in twin rooms, sharing depends on how many people are at the farm. There is a communal dining room, library, TV room and sauna. Outside toilet only ;) Our main house is in the middle on renovating, still in fixing : shower, industrial kitchen.
We have 2 lines for laptops but NO WIFI, so please remember to share shifts with computers but we hope people have something else to do than hang in front of screens in the house :)
Food is mostly vegetarian (( but not vegan! )). We use own and local eggs. We have our own cow milk or if not milking, from neighbour cows. We make our own youghurts, soft cheese, butter etc. if we have meat, its our own cow meat (we eat very rarely!). we eat all together breakfast, lunch, dinner. We are trying to use only foods from our own production, or some from neighbour(of course coffee, tea etc from shop). But we do not provide fruits, since we dont have them in Finland, only apples in autumn, so if you fan of fruits, prepare to buy them by yourself. If you have special diet/allergies, be ready to buy some foods for yourself.
Our foods are mainly simple but at least its very pure&organic&clean stuff! We use around 95%only organic products, we try to keep it maximum pure and clean for human body!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
some days longer some shorter - max 25 hours
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