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Thanks to great Workawayers we have had a wonderful summer season last year, and are now making plans for this coming summer.
We are a couple, legally married for 26 years. We have both great interest in our local folk music, and these traditions have a central place in our lives. Knut Arne teaches traditional folk dance and folk song. We both do crafts in our spare time: Olav is 62 years old, and does woodcarving, while Knut Arne is 61 years, and makes stained glass windows, in addition to making national costumes.
Olav is currently pursuing a BioChar / carbon capture scheme. The business is time consuming. This coming spring / summer our main focus will be establishing an organic market garden and a display garden.
In the long run, our dream is to create a centre for folk crafts and culture, so that we can share these interests with others. This is easier said than done, as banks are reluctant to provide financing. We are therefore building our dream gradually.
Where are we?
We have a smallholding in the district of Valdres, near the central mountains of southern Norway. Our farm lays a three hour drive north of Oslo, between two National Parks, and with a splendid view over the majestic Jotunheimen mountains. Valdres is well known for its culture. We have rich food and craft traditions, and also strong traditions in our folk music. Valdres has six of Norway’s remaining medieval wooden stave churches.
Our little farm is only eight minutes away from the Beitostølen ski resort. In the summertime our area is perfect for biking, hiking and canooing. Being rural, we’re still not far away from pubs and restaurants. We hope you will join us hiking in the mountains.
We speak English and the Scandinavian languages. Our German is embarassing
In the evenings we both like a glass of beer or wine, and we would enjoy your company.
For Your Information: Spring comes late in these northern mountains, we have 6 to 7 months of snow. Gardening does usually not start before May, we still have more than 1 meter snow in April, but we hope to start from the end of April this year. Summer is short, so this leaves little time for all the projects to be done.
Our first project this year will be establishing a market garden, or more correctly: doing all the foundational work prior to starting a garden. Last autumn we commissioned a “rock crusher” to totally redo the fields. The garden area will be ca 1500m2 ,including lawns and hedges. We will be using large amounts of BioChar, compost and minerals in the preparation.
Summer explodes in the mountains, so all spring gardening must be done at the same time. There is of course the basic planting that must be done. In addition we will be raising a greenhouse.
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
A Workawayer with a genuine interest in culture will benift from a stay.
Cooking and basic housekeeping is a part of daily life. All must do their share, so you will be asked to help out in the kitchen and with housecleaning. Normally this is not considered helping time, but exceptions are made for extraordinary housekeeping or housecleaning.
Scandinavian languages, English
Our house is small, so we have bought a used camping wagon with a good standard for your use. We will share bathroom. The rest of our home is at your disposition, but you also have the possibility of privacy and retreat in your wagon.
The wagon is fine for one person. Two friends or a couple should get along nicely.
We will provide all meals, but we do not have the capacity to provide separate food requirements such as Halal, Kosher, Vegan etc.
We also love our Mountains, we hope you will join us hiking in the mountains once a week.
We have reasonably good bus transportation nearby.
A bicycle will be at your disposition, and we also have a canoe that you may use.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week