Experience life on a family farm, stay in a lovely cabin by a lake in Braskereidfoss, Norway

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  • Description

    Description

    Hello, please read whole profile before sending message, and feel free to ask if something is unclear.

    We are a family on a small farm in eastern Norway, by the start of taiga-forest , close to the Swedish border. Area is scattered with wildlife, lakes, rivers and creeks and is situated roughly 2,5 hours travel time from main airport OSL.

    In this area there is possible with hiking in the deep "finnish" forest and bicycling on endless gravel roads. "Elk-safari" is great fun. We also live a few meters from a lake where you can fish, swim and use a canoe. We also have a sauna by the lake.

    The farm is small-scale without surplus, and actually cost money in the end to keep up and running. A useful hobby if older times comes back and small farms gets crucial again for clean local food, clothes and resources?

    Marianne works in school. Ole has recently quit a manager job, and is currently enjoying every day-life and small projects on the way to a new path. We are both authorized health personnel.

    We enjoy learning from each other, culture exchange, language learning, discuss what sustainability is or might be, self-reliance, food, nature, DIY, entrepenurship, politics, mechanics, science, survival/wildcamping, gadgets, general existencialism and fullfill some shared goals in daily-life as a nice experience. Will it be you?

    Accommodation is in a off-grid timber lake-cabin. It has a firewood stove, double bed, some furniture and a basic lavatory in the shed. Access to all other facilities about 200 meters away in main-house. In the coldest wintermonths there is needed to sleep with extra blankets/sleeping bags in the cabin as the fire go out during the night and temperature drops.

    As we live in a designated area for wolf, bear,lynx and wolverine, there is a bit effort to co-exist and safeguarding sheeps behind fences on the fields close to house. Beside sheep and wolf, there is also chickens (fresh breakfast eggs) , dog, cat and a parrot here.

    We love to have woof guests earlier, but seems alot of people has attended workaway. So from now on we only host through this site.

    Some expectations and house-rules:

    - all Workawayers must know English on an intermediate or above level, so it is possible to communicate.

    -please tell me why you want to come to us, and where you travel from.

    -interest in farmlife/nature/wildlife and culture comes in handy when doing a farmstay.

    -use of house, cabin and stuff in a tidy and careful way! No shoes inside! You have the ability to help with household here and there to keep it tidy both inside and outside. At the end of stay you should wash the cabin properly with soap and water.

    -you have the ability to focus on finishing projects by being a "self-starter" ; you have enough stamina and initiative to gather the information you need to progress and get it done. I am happy to answer questions, rather than fixing errors and shortcuts afterwards. I am all in on fun activities and relaxing daily-life, but certainly not with alot unfinished stuff and mess laying around.

    -if tools are needed. They are put back in the same place when the project is done.

    -at a farm safety is important. No workawayers participate in tasks that need extensive risk-management, experience and documented training. This type of tasks is usually paid positions in farming and involve use of tractor,machinery and specialized tools.

    -all applications mentioning they love go hunting trolls and unicorns are magically first in line.

    -we must part at least 20.00 in the evening for kids go sleep and preparations for next day.

    -Mainhours for projects are weekdays 09-14.30. Some flexibility on this is sometimes needed with weather, seasons and animals in mind.

    -we prefer stays of minimum 14 days, as travel time, arrangements and getting to know each other takes a little time. If everything works out great, the time for departure is not important 😁

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    Teaching
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You will learn farming culture and a Norwegian way of living in an area full of nature and fresh air :)

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help

    Help

    The projects are many, but revolves around rural life on a small farm, general maintenance of the surroundings, buildings and stuff. Woodworking experience, as we can mill our own planks, knowledge about gathering and storing different natural food is interesting right now, but some extra hands is really enough!

    Examples of the help requested: firewood for winter, moving branches so area is tidy, look at sheeps and watch if wildlife tries the fence, DIY projects, designing the look of rooms, clean and tidy house and buildings, go recycle stuff, organize stuff, painting, kitchen garden, be a role model, mini-saw milling, help with moving stones out of the way, watch lambs be born, lifting support on different tasks, landscaping shoreline and marina, gardening, cooking, pick berries, fishing and prepare for storage. A few times a year I might also look for housesitting.

    The projects follow seasons and weather-conditions. We can't decide what projects to do, as they tend to have a natural and successive order to be most efficient with good end-results. Spring, summer and autumn is the busiest and is in essence about preparing for winter. (Winter is coming!)

    When the every-year seasonal stuff is finished, and I feel on top of things. I tend to start think of even more fun projects and ideas. For example: garden stuff and kitchen garden, earth cooled storage for food, off grid solutions, improve the cabin even more, making a boat harbor with a good starting point for swimming and sauna, make a lamp from drift wood, setup home cinema, build a new shed with luxury outdoor-lavatory, making a hammock rig, saw milling, improve man-cave, explore sites for camping etc.

    I have also lately been little bit curious of pulling off some community stuff, that is self reliant, more or less economic independent and contains a natural way of living in the long run. Dunno how thats is going to look, but through cooperation the sky is the limit?

    A few words on the year-around rythm:

    January-march:
    There is snow, cold and quite cosy with fire in the firestove. Skiing and snowblowing. Will car start or get stuck? Sheeps are in the barn with possibility to go outside. Mainprojects are next year firewood, indoor improvements, some organizing, cleaning, and I am servicing stuff in the man-cave. Waiting time for spring and lambing feels like ages.

    April and mai:
    Lambs are giving birth. The birds are back singing loudly as the early morning fog meets the sun, people, animals and nature awake from winter dwelling. New life is born. Firewood must be finished and left to dry. Maintenance of buildings, organizing stuff, gardening and tidy up outside can start.

    June, juli and august
    Everything is green. Projects are many, but important to find time to enjoy summer also.

    September and october:
    This is the months to finish up everything before winter. You never want to meet the winter unprepared. The trees prepare by releasing water so they dont freeze and crack open when the cold comes. Seeds for next generation are ready in the soil. Lambs are eaten as "får-i-kål". Cutting trees for firewood can start when leafs are yellow.

    November and december:
    Dark times, keeping warmth. Sauna is much used. Indoor stuff and forestry. The sheeps are mating. The "fjøsnisse" in the barn are starting his pranks and next year is planned😂

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    Norwegian: Fluent
    English: Intermediate
    German: Beginner

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  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    In an off-grid timber Lake-cabin. Main house is 200 meters away.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We often use WhatsApp/signal for faster communication if agreed to host.

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    If you are a digital nomad. We can set you up an office space in the farm workshop.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We can host caravan. Possible to park beside the cabin or at farm.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

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

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