Help in sustainable community next to the capital of Finland

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  • Description

    Description

    Right next to the eastern border of Helsinki, this is our little oasis where people can still feel the traditional lifestyle of living off the land with a personal relation to traditional farm animals. This is a versatile biodynamic farm community with a long history of sustainable farming and lifestyle. Since the 80's the community has strived for an ecological lifestyle and farming. Nowadays the previous farmer couple have retired and the next generation have taken the task of continuing. Our community consists of many families living in the area and the commercial farm with workers, trainees and international volunteers. We have a shared lunch every working day for neighbors, friends and farm workers . There is also communal activities in the form of working weekends, holiday celebrations, weekly saunas, summer cafeteria and restaurant days, etc.

    We cultivate numerous plants: vegetables (potatoes, carrots, parsnip, onions, beetroot, cabbages etc.), berries, apples, flowers, herbs and cereals. We have 10 Eastern Finland's cows and about 20 chicken, which provide us animal products for our own use. We have an international working atmosphere with local students, farmworkers and volunteers and it is common to gather and do something nice after the working days such as taking a swim or a beach volley match.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Farming
    Help in the house
    Animal care

  • Help

    Help

    Our expectation for a workaway volunteer is to be helping around general tasks in the farm. The volunteering days will start at nine in the morning, the lunch is at half past noon and the day ends at after noon depending on the daily tasks. We eat mainly our own products, which taste good like no other. Previous experience on farm working is not important as we teach everything. You don't need to bring own working clothes as we have plenty of work clothing. We expect fluent English speaking, hands on approach to volunteering and a certain level of independence (taking care of your own dishes, laundry and free-time activities). Volunteers who have personal interest in food matters are prioritized. Minimum age of volunteers is 20 years.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Finnish & Swedish

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We accept Workaway volunteers from April to November, for a minimum stay of one month. The accommodation is in different sized and usually shared wooden cabins. The cow house's kitchen is reserved for volunteers and workers. Our toilets are outhouses and in the warm parts of year the showering premises are outdoors. We provide all the linen and blankets.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    For free-time there is volleyball, swimming and fishing possibilities nearby and we also have an old wooden sauna, which is normally warmed once a week. If you like to do stuff with our hands, there is good premises for that also and always something to work on if interested. You can also go biking around and there is 10 min walk to a bus stop from where it’s a 20 min ride to Helsinki. We also have a book collection and wi-fi for volunteers.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    One

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You will get to experience Finland in a unique way. The traditional farm lifestyle (farm, animals & sauna, etc) combined with international working atmosphere in a very beautiful environment, just a 20 min bus ride from the tourist friendly capital Helsinki. You get to enjoy the peacefulness of the Finnish nature surrounding the farm. There is the Baltic Sea just few minute walk away with beautiful cliffs and fishing possibilities with our rowing boat. The biodiversity in the area is very high, there are many butterflies and birds and also bigger wildlife such as deer, moose, rabbits and such.. In the summer time the forests are full of berries and in the autumn there is plenty of edible mushrooms.

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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