Hi, I'm Julian, I'm British, living with my Russian girlfriend in the forest in Sweden. We are building up our little farm to be a permaculture based, eco-friendly, independent smallholding. At the moment it's an exciting time here as we're building a workshop and infrastructure, including a big new poly-tunnel greenhouse, and a number of mobile tractor-drawn accommodation wagons for guests to stay in (which we aim to rent out for eco-tourists in future).
I have many skills to share, from welding to mechanics and DIY to eco-friendly construction methods, we recycle and find a use for just about everything! We eat well and love to have friends round and fires/barbeques in the evenings, and we have many friends in the area who are expert gardeners and who share the same ideas we have.
Our home is right on the border between meadowland and forest, and there are all kinds of wild animals up here - with elk and deer roaming the garden daily, (we have wolves and bears here too - but you'd have to be really dedicated to see them as they keep away from humans, but the spoor are there for people who want to track them).
The fishing here is excellent, and we catch a lot of fresh fish, using nets from our little boat.
The kind of people we are looking for are those who are pro-active and keen to help out with many different jobs from gardening to woodwork to painting to making new outbuildings with us, to fixing things, to designing, creating and building new and comfortable living spaces in the wagons.
We travel to town most days, and there is a bus twice a day to town, so getting here is easy enough. The nearest town is Hagfors (18km), nearest city is Karlstad (100km). We are both well travelled and speak a few languages, so we're easy enough to get along with and love to meet new people who enjoy learning and getting things done.
We would also like to have a website for renting out our tractor-drawn wagons to tourists coming here for fishing, and weekends in the forest, if there's someone who would like to do that. We also have chickens and two small dogs who need daily looking after - we also have a load of bee-hives kept by a bee-keeping friend on our land. We're also interested in making films about the area for a YouTube channel as so many people are starting to move up here now from more populated areas of Europe - Dutch, Germans and English etc, who need info to plan their own projects from the start - this fast-changing climate northern requires forward planning, and local knowledge to succeed well.
We also want to film the wildlife and wild foods up here and some of the cool characters who live out here in the forest, and the excellent possibilities for living off the land.
I have a life motto of never buying anything new - which makes for some interesting challenges - I buy secondhand, I make and I fix, to reduce buying and consuming, so there are always interesting projects going on.
We go sailing often and generally people are welcome to come along.
Help with Eco project
Help with Computers / internet
We can teach people so much about choosing the right house in the country, microclimates, smallholder farming possibilities, how to make your own eco-buildings and tools, what to do and what not to do, and how to save money and find workarounds to make your own projects a reality for the future, or just learn new life-skills in a fun way. You can learn English from me, Russian from Lucia, or I can teach you Swedish (sometimes it's better to learn from a foreigner at first, as we have had to learn the pattern of the language... and the local dialects are 'real Swedish' with lots of old and non-latin words in use, and are almost a foreign language to most Swedes- I mean really - locals have to speak English with people from Stockholm - so if you are a real language buff, as I am, this is the place!)
painting, maintenance, gardening, making films about the area and our projects, woodwork, welding & helping with metalwork, stonework, design, laying concrete, caring for the chickens, gardening, walking the dogs etc. etc. We don't expect that everyone can do all of these at once ;)
English, Russian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, some French and German
In our super-insulated, newly-built cosy guesthouse, or in one of our accommodation wagons. We generally share mealtimes with guests - depending how many guests we have - where food will be cooked for you - and you can help cook if you like - or cook for yourselves - we are open to suggestions, and if and when people like time to themselves.
In theory, this is THE tourist area of Sweden - but the reality is that it's totally undeveloped and there's so much space up here and you can walk for days and hardly see anyone. We are surrounded by incredible nature - forests, lakes and rivers, and we have bicycles, boats and kayaks you can borrow to enjoy it all. Fishing and walking and tracking are the big attractions here, but it's definitely not a party scene (Swedes are quiet, shy people) -so we have our own parties and get-togethers and barbeques at home and enjoy getting together, mostly with our overseas friends and visitors.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week