Help us create an organic garden and share our folk culture in Valdres, Norway

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  2021 

 Min stay requested: at least 3 weeks

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  • Description

    Description

    Update May 2021
    Due to Corona restrictions we find ourselves without scheduled Workawayers, so we are re-opening our profile.

    What are we up to?
    Olav is currently pursuing a BioChar / carbon capture scheme. Our goal is to promote carbon capture through new gardening techniques (save the world!) We hold courses in the production and use of biochar, in addition to providing gardening accessories. You can see our project at godjord.no, and use Google translate.
    We are gradually building an exhibition garden to show the benefits of these techniques. This is a big job that is just started, and will not be finished this year. A lot of the foundational work will be done this year.

    In 2021 we will be doing the foundational preparation for many projects. All these projects are planned to stretch over several years. In addition to the vegetable garden, we will start building an above ground root cellar (like a Hobbit house). Another project is to build a tiny “Workawayer village” consisting of several small cabins. Until now Workawayers have been housed in a camping wagon, but for the future we would like to have special accommodation. In 2022 we hope to be ready to advance on the buildings. We will need assistance from Workawayers that have skills that can assist us in construction.

    About us
    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 does woodcarving, while Knut Arne makes stained glass windows, in addition to making national costumes.

    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 canoeing. Being rural, we’re still not far away from pubs and restaurants. We hope you will join us hiking in the mountains.

    There has hardly been a single case of Covid in the region where we live.

    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.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

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

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    A Workawayer with a genuine interest in culture will benift from a stay.

  • Help

    Help

    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.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    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.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    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.

  • 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

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

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