Help with self-sustainable vegetable garden in Børselv, Norway

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  • Last activity: 28 May 2024

Availability

  2024 

 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

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  • Description

    Description

    My name is Birgitta Josefsen and I live in Børselv, a tiny village in the far north of Norway (70 degrees north - 43 km north of Lakselv, along the Porsanger fjord). Before I retired some years ago, I ran a health food store in Alta for 25 years. Here I have a large vegetable garden, as my wish and hope is to grow as much of my own food as possible with the conditions and climate we have here. The garden has been expanding and improving over the last 10 years. I have many grow boxes of different sizes and 2 greenhouses that help me grow over 30 kinds of vegetables. My husband died on August 25, 2021. I have 2 cats, both male, one year apart in age. Both were found very young, losing their mothers too early. One long haired and one short haired... As for music, I prefer classical of all kinds.

    Børselv is surrounded by beautiful nature - easily accessible. The beautiful fjord, where we have picked "tons" of seaweed for the garden, the dolomite cliffs, a small canyon nearby, the northernmost pine forest in the world. Low mountains where it is relatively easy to climb up for a panoramic view of the area. Also a farm nearby where there are alpacas - and a llama, angora rabbits, and more... Plenty of light, with midnight sun from around the middle of May until the end of July. And mosquitoes! Summer temperatures can range anywhere from as low as 10 degrees C to as high as 30 degrees C or more (for a day or two or three). Probably the most common is between 12 - 20 degrees C. We don't usually have so much rain and rarely heavy downpours, but we often have light showers. The climate is unstable because we are so near the coast. April is usually the snow-melting month. May (and June?) is spring, and hopefully the snow is gone by then, but not always. The winter is dark and cold - but not without its charm! Northern lights can often be seen if the sky is clear enough. And the twilight we have in the middle of the day often reveals beautiful colors in the sky as we do have sunrise/sunset without the sun appearing. Never a winter without snow - but the amount can vary. And the temperatures can vary between mild and even plus degrees, to colder than minus 20.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Elderly Companionship
    Gardening
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Børselv is a tiny village with 3 cultures - Norwegian, Sami and Kven. Kven is probably the smallest minority in Norway, but here in little Børselv we have Kvensk Institute. Learn more about this interesting minority when you come! As for myself, I am born in Sweden, lived in Iceland for a couple of years before moving to North America when I was only 3 1/2 years old. Grown up and educated in Canada and USA, studying at a multi-cultural college in Massachusetts. Loved to travel when I was younger, and have visited both Australia and Singapore, also a few countries in Europe. My husband was a coastal Sami, having lived in this part of Norway all his life.

  • Help

    Help

    Gardening work in general - transplanting, weeding, watering, etc. And eventually harvesting! Clearing brush and small trees. Picking wild berries later in the season - cloudberries, blueberries, crowberries, lingonberries. This is too far north for fruit trees, but I have strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries, and red and black currants in the garden that also need to be picked when ripe. They aren't producing so much yet, but hopefully better each year. And Haskap berry bushes (a kind of Honeysuckle) that were planted in 2022. Also getting wood cut for the winter. I WOULD ESPECIALLY APPRECIATE HELP IN MAY/JUNE AND SEPTEMBER SINCE THESE ARE BUSY MONTHS IN THE GARDEN.

    Since autumn 2023 I have gotten a new diagnosis: osteoarthritis. This means I will need help above and beyond gardening. Also during winter. For winter help I am looking for a woman, preferably in the health sector (physical therapy?) and who is vegan/vegetarian. During this time of year, the help I need will include house cleaning, trying new recipes (whole food plant based), shovelling snow, being a personal trainer, going for walks together. And preferably being able to stay for at least one month.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Norwegian: Fluent
    Swedish: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    A small guest room here at home with place for 2 (bunkbeds). If necessary, I can also put up a folding bed with mattress elsewhere. One bathroom with toilet and shower. As for food, I am a vegetarian (vegan) - Whole Food Plant Based to be exact. This is for health reasons. Helpers will not have to eat the same as me, but appreciate it if mostly vegetarian. Welcome to make your own food if you enjoy making it. No smoking, alcoholic beverages or drugs of any kind.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Visit Kvensk Institute, visit farm with alpacas, visit the small canyon, hike to get a panoramic view, walks along the beautiful Porsanger fjord. Can discuss available transport later.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 131781446358

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