Come help out on our small farm in the middle of the woods, north of Oslo, Norway

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  • Last activity: 06/02/2023

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  2023 
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  • Description

    Description

    Update for winter 2022/2023:
    Our main focus this winter is to finis an addition to a small building we have. So we can only offer people that have experience in building to stay with us for this period.

    For spring/early summer 2023 we are looking for someone to help us set up a poly tunnel to grow vegetables in.

    Hi!
    My name is Aslaug, and I live on a small farm in the middle of the woods about one hour north of Oslo.
    I live here with my father, horses, dogs, cats, chickens and ducks.
    My partner is currently in New Zealand working, so we would really love an extra pair of hands to help us.
    We moved here in April 2019, and there's still plenty to do to get this place back into shape, at the same time as caring for our animals.
    Our main reason for moving here was for our animals to have more space, and be happy.
    But we also wanted to live a simpler and more quiet life. Grow some vegetables, food for the animals, and enjoy nature.
    Our place is not big and fancy, but we like it here.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Our farm is a traditional Norwegian smallholding ‘småbruk’ in the countryside surrounded by forest, wild animals and funny, but friendly neighbours. If you decide to stay with us you will experience what real life is like in rural Norway. We sometimes have social get togethers with neighbouring small holdings so you will have a chance to meet some nice people and try traditional Norwegian food and drink. There are also many local sights and cultural activities we are happy to recommend in the local area and in Oslo.
    We do encourage people to explore the area, and are happy to lend you a tent and camping gear if you want to go camping.

  • Help

    Help

    We have four grown up horses, and a yearling here at the moment. Two of them can be ridden, two are pensioners, and the last one is pretty much still a baby.
    We also have about 20 chickens, 20 ducks, three dogs and two cats, so a lot of time goes into caring for the animals every day.
    Cleaning, feeding, making sure they have water, exercising them etc.
    All our four legged animals are very social, and loves attention and cuddles. A couple of the hens are ok with being picked up, and the ducks like to lie near by if you sit down on the gras.
    There's also a bit to do on the buildings, and around the property.
    So things we would love to get some help with is:


    -Cleaning up the stables and chicken coop
    -Checking that all the animals have food and water
    -Taking the dogs for a walk
    -Maintenance on the barn (it would love a new roof...)
    -Painting inside and outside
    -Fencing
    -Gardening
    -Tending to the vegetables
    -Chopping down trees and splitting firewood
    -Tidying up around the property
    -Help prepare meals if you want to
    -Clearing snow in winter
    -Harvest hay
    -Pick berries for jam etc

    Tasks vary according to the season. It does get cold, and we can get quite a bit of snow in winter.

    I realise that not all the tasks are super fun, but these are the things we need help with. We expect that you are willing to participate in the different chores.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Norwegian: Fluent
    Spanish: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We have a cosy room in our barn with a 120x200 cm bed, and a sofa bed.
    There's no water, but you are of course welcome to use the kitchen and bathroom in the main house.
    There's also a lot of nice places to put up a tent on the property if you would like that. We have a small tent you can borrow if you don't have your own.
    We are also happy to welcome people traveling with a camper van, caravan, tiny house etc.

    My father eats meat sometimes, but I don't so there's always a vegetarian option. I'm not too experienced in vegan cooking, but I'm happy to try.
    We normally have bread/porridge/cereals for breakfast and lunch. And then a warm meal for dinner.
    And you are always welcome to help yourself to coffee and tea.
    If you take special supplements, medication etc that is not something I’m willing to take responsibility for.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We live in the middle of the woods, so it's perfect for hiking, running, skiing in winter, picking berries and mushrooms in summer and fall,bicycling, riding, taking our dogs for walks, Swimming and fishing in the big lake Mjøsa, or the smaller lakes closer to our house.
    Often you can see deer, moose, hare, fox and lots of different birds in the forest, or on our fields.
    We're about one hour away from Oslo by car, and 40 minutes away from Hamar. There's no public transport nearby, but with a bit of planning we are happy to help you getting to places. We do have a couple of bicycles you can use as much as you like.
    There's also an old boat in much need of some tlc in the barn, so if anyone wants to fix it, they can use it as much as they want. We have a little trailer to transport it down to the lake with.
    My partner is a furniture designer/builder, so we have a lot of left over fabrics and leather from his projects. It's a lot more than I'll ever have time to do something with, so if you want to sew and make things you are more than welcome to. We have an industrial sewing machine, and an old standard one.
    The barn is a work in progress, and things are packed away, so you will have to let me know if you want me to find any of these things for you. Don’t be afraid to remind me if things, as I often have a hundred little things to remember in a day.

    If you know how to ride, you can get to ride the horses in your spare time. We will come with you to begin with, and if we see that everything is okay we might let you go out on your own.
    We only use our horses for walks in the woods, so they are not educated in jumping, dressage etc. But if you are an experienced rider, and want to teach them some “skills” you are welcome to. What we are not okay with is wild rides in full speed, coming back to the stable with sweaty and exhausted horses.

    If you are not experienced with horses, but would like to try to ride, we can take you for some walks where we walk next to the horse.

  • 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

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    All pets are welcome as long as they get along with our animals.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum of about 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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