My name is Love and I live with my wife Anna, our three daughters, two of them entering school-age and a baby, and my mother. We are living on a medium sized organic farm in the north of Småland in Sweden, close to the south end of the Vättern see (40 km east). We have had organic production here since before Sweden joined the European union. The main focus then was milking cows but now it is sheep, even though we once again have some cows on the farm. Other animals are chickens, ducks, cats, dogs and horses. Two of the in total 6 horses are working horses, one of them is under education. Still young.
The farm is located in the Swedish highlands, with its typical hilly landscape and also a small lake is close by. Most of the farm area is forest, approximately 60% of the 185 ha. The location of the farm is 5 km from a small town but the distance to bigger towns is not great.
We also try to be self sustaining on greens and meat as far as possible. The garden is growing more and more for each year, but not fast enough :)
We want to have only german speaking volunteers because our children are bilingual (Anna is native german) and should train more on the german language.
This area is very quiet. Sometimes when the wind comes from east you can actually hear the trains passing by.
Distance to our lake is 500 m, and you will almost always be left alone, Local nature is the primary distraction, walking, hiking, camping, bike rides, fishing, horse riding, canoeing, wandering the slopes of Omberg or visit Visingsö and more. Public transportation is 700 m away.
The help we need is very diverse and varying a lot on daily basis. Basically what we would like help with is to take care of all the animals, both daily checks but also moving, building and maintaining fences and so on. We also need help with maintaining buildings on the farm and the garden as well.
If you can help keeping the horses in shape, that would also be nice.
Work in the vegetable garden and taking care of the fruits/vegetables is needed as well.
Swedish, English and German
A guestroom in a separate building. Access to the bathroom in the main building. All meals are in the main house. There is also a very small cabin by the lake that can be used.
Right now we could need a strong and handy guy helping out with woodwork, fense building and some other harder work :-)
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
5 hours/day, 5 days/week