Help me start my organic apple farm in Hardanger, Norway

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  • Description

    Description

    This farm in Hardanger has not been run for about 30 years. I grew up in Oslo and moved here 2,5 years ago and still have lots of new things to learn.
    Now friends, volunteers and I are preparing to plant apple trees, cutting down trees around the fields, setting up deer fence, renovating the house, I rent out two small huts for summer guests and produce vegetables, herbs, berries etc. for the household.

    I am looking for people who have knowledge/experience/skills related to building, gardening and farming.
    You must enjoy life in the countryside and be enthusiastic about physical tasks, and be able to work independent after being introduced to the work. We live on a hill, and you need to be fit to walk up and down the hill and help in all kinds of weather- sometimes hot, wet or cold.
    I am looking for people who are thinking of having their own farm or have some skills that they want to share, and people who are interested in country life, self-sustainability, and living close to nature.

    I need people who can really get something done.
    In exchange I offer a separate bedroom in the house, good food three times a day, hot shower, some home-made cider and spectacular surroundings. We eat a balanced diet of bread, cheese, eggs, meat, fish, fruit, berries and vegetables.
    It is hard to feed vegans here.

    The farm overlooks the glacier Folgefonna across the fjord.
    The fjord offer opportunities for swimming, fishing and boat rides in the summertime, and the hills are full of hiking opportunities.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Farmstay
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Travellers may benefit from the stay by having a good chance to practice their English.
    They will also learn about how to start a farm and problem solving. The buildings is full of old farming equipment and tools, so it can be interesting historically and culturally. The work is physical so people might feel they get in good shape in beautiful surroundings and clean air.
    I am a student of land use management and ecology. We might share interesting ideas about plants, fishing, wildlife, soil biology, healing art, forests, forest gardening, farming, hiking, skiing, mountains, art and exploring.

    The landscape in Hardanger is beautiful, with waterfalls, fjords and mountains with snow all around. The glacier Folgefonna we overlook across the fjord.

    Please note that the map on the workaday profile shows my farm at the wrong place. I am located between Odda and Lofthus( Ullensvang ) in the Hardanger region.

  • Help

    Help

    Volunteers with skills/experience/knowledge with any of these tasks are Welcome:
    Summer:Fence building (2 meter high deer fence)
    Summer:Set up/help with vegetable garden.
    Cut trees with chainsaw.
    Summer:Cut grass with different types of grass cutters
    Paint houses
    Basic carpentry tasks.
    Teach us some yoga and other healing arts
    Restoring old houses.
    Watering plants
    Organising, tidying the barn and houses
    Make compost
    Late summer/autumn: Make jam, juice, fermented vegetables and dried vegetables/fruits/berries etc.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    norwegian, English

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Travellers will be accommodated into bedrooms in the second floor of the main house. The huts on the property is a bed and breakfast in the summer season. Volunteers have access to bathroom, dining room, living room and kitchen in the main house.
    The building has good internet.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There is plenty of places to relax on the farm land, in the forest and hikes to do on the surrounding hill. Berry picking in the summer, and mushroom picking in the autumn. All around the fjord there are hiking trails, and the fjord welcomes for a swim, fishing or a boat ride.The nearest town is Odda, a 30 minutes bus ride away, and the village Lofthus is a 10 minute bus ride away. Lofthus has a pub and restaurant, but its not so much socially that happens around so we usually make our own party. The town Voss is a one hour bus ride away with access to the Bergen-Oslo railway line.

  • 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?

    Two

  • ...

    Hours expected

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

Baking skills? Come over and join us!
Stretching corner. Teaching us healing arts is greatly appreciated.
Vegetable garden. More than grass is growing here...
Lets put some hands to work on this barn!
Lets chop some wood chips
The barn and the tractor.
Fencing, fencing, fencing.
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