Help us with a Forest Garden project and renovations in a beautiful area near Vissefjärda, Sweden



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    We are a young couple from Germany that moved to Sweden in June 2016 after some years of travelling. Since then we are renovating the house ourselves. Lorenz (29) is a carpenter and Nina (29) works as a pre-school teacher here in Sweden. We live on the edge of a tiny village and have around 3 hectars of grasslands and forest. Our goal is to create a forest garden based on agroforestry and permaculture principles. In 2017 we started with a smaller permaculture-based field for annual vegetables. In 2018 we started with the forest garden that now contains more than 100 different perennial plant/tree species, hills and a pond and covers an area of 5000sqm. In 2019 we want to extend the forest garden until it reaches around one hectar in size. That's why we need helping hands to create a sustainable food and resource production forest from the very beginning. Furthermore we want to build / renovate different kinds of things like an old cabin also located on the property and a mongolian yurt. Around April we will also need a lot of help with painting (seed oil based color) aswell. In may we will need help planting and establishing an Aquaponic (fish poo based vegetable growing) system around our pond. Like every year we need to make firewood, gather metal trash, taking care of the annual vegetables, walking the dog and plenty of other stuff.

    We are welcoming everyone who is enjoying to work outside and likes to spent the free time at one of the beautiful lakes nearby (we have a canoe) or wants to do some bicycle tours in the forest. Or whatever you want to do in nature. Also the seaside is only 50km away in two directions (south and east). We appreciate if you are willing to help out approximately 5 hours a day / 5 days a week. (We are not that strict about timetables and other stuff that produces stress where there should not be one). We are trying to use mainly recycled/second hand materials and we are both vegetarians, but it's ok for us if you are not. We have a dog and chickens.
    As we have many small projects going on we prefer to have workawayers for about two weeks. We live all in a small house together thats why we prefer that kind of duration.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity 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

    You have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the nature in southern Sweden. There are beautiful lakes everywhere, where you can Barbecue, take a bath, paddle the canoe, spot moose or just sit and listen to quietness. We also have some bikes that you can use. Anyways it is always nice to have good company, good conversations and the possibility to exchange and learn from each other.

  • Help


    Help is required with our Forest Garden project (preparing, planting, watering, so gardening in general), building, renovating, and maintenance.

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Sami: Fluent
    Swedish: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    one room perfect for a couple, friends or persons that are used to a dorm (1-2 people)

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    trainstation, supermarket, tiny cinema and a cafe is about 2km away in a village called vissefjärda

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

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    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Part of the early forest garden in spring 2018
south facing part of the forest garden with winter protection for some sensible plants
barbecue on one of the lakes
the smaller of the two fields
our favorite lake

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