hello we are looking for someone responsible to take care of our farm during the holidays (last week of December until first or second week in January) so if you would like to spend your holidays at our farm this year do let us know :)
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Hello! Welcome to our profile!
We are a young couple, one from Slovakia and the other from Norway both with a degree in ecology. We are also freshly started farmers and start-up-bakery owners:
We bought a farm in the valley of Ingdal, close to Trondheim, in January 2019.
The farm is our concretized dream of a home, a sustainable and ethical community, from where to contribute to happier and healthier lives and society. We want to make a change and inspire people: to change to way we think, work, grow our food, eat...to avoid damaging consequences for the environment and us. We for example barely buy food from the grocery but instead get it donated (out-of-date or a little damaged products from the stores), pick it from the garden or forage it. All in all we always try to use those resources we already have in the best possible way - and creativity is a resource free of charge! ;-)
We also continuously experiment and learn about sustainable gardening methods and food production.
Currently our main focus is within producing good quality food, as our gluten-free bread (we have been running an alternative bakery since autumn 2018). And the idea is to expand the range of products to vegetables from our garden, fermented foods, herbs and wild plants, not only for our own use but for sale as well.
This is also a center for education and personal growth meaning that we willingly open our doors to host ecological and educational events and workshops. We believe that knowledge and education leads to understanding and responsibility for one’s actions and impact on environment. The summer 2019 we organized our first weekend festival with workshops led by professionals focusing on wild plant harvesting and cooking, as well as growing perennials in the forest garden. The next event will take place this autumn 2019, an introduction course on fermenting.
We wish to provide a place to live and to help out for something meaningful, and therefore we have a changing amount of people living here with us. We are looking forward to meeting you who share the same core values, are ready to throw yourself into a project or two with an open and engaged mind, as responsible as it was for yourself. No matter your background or expertise, we appreciate seeing you enjoying and driven. We have now hosted over 30 volunteers via different volunteering platforms and enjoyed seeing people from all over the world forming a warm, family-kind-of community working together. At our house you’ll taste delicious zero-budget meals, hear laughters and delightful music and singalong...
The main building is quite big with several bedrooms and two bathrooms. Our bakery is located in the basement of our house. We also have a big barn, mainly used for storing hay at the moment. As for animals, we are joined by our sweet dog Pippi, Chunky the mellow cat, 7 growing baby geese, 50 rescued laying hens in an egg-mobile and 19 fastly growing chicks, while expecting to add sheeps and piglets soon. We sincerely want to provide a shelter, love and care for animals that need it.
Join us by the beautiful Trondheim Fjord to spend the days on the farm and its surroundings, enjoying the company of charming people and animals!
DIY and building projects
Help with Eco Projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
We both have background in ecology and environmental science and we have been testing out permacultural methods now for two seasons. We have also like to dig into and explore different things like; nutrition, animal care, biology, chemistry etc.
Beside our bread we have been keen on testing out different healthy self-made treats like coconut yogurt, kombucha, butter, dandelion honey and syrup, spruce sprout honey, ginger beer, sauer kraut and similar, plenty of different naturally sweetened jams...
Other than the knowledge side, we open our doors and hearts to make people feel welcome and a part of the community. You'll be given responsibilities and own projects to carry out. We trust people to take initiative and figure out solutions themselves, too, and thus master and enjoy their stay even more. Feel welcome to step into our yard and house and explore the possibilities!
The tasks are mainly simple and easy to accomplish. We don't require professional skills or experience, rather sincere willingness to learn and contribute for the growth and well-being of the community. Nevertheless, it is always fun to get to know if you happen to have some special skills or expertise!
We organize the daily routines around a weekly task-rotation-system and expect everyone to join cooking (common meals), cleaning and general maintenance.
Here are some principles that we value in the house:
We respect each other and the nature.
We recycle waste.
No smoking/drugs/ excessive alcohol is tolerated.
We have common meals frequently, but everyones privacy-needs are respected
It is expected that you help five days a week in exchange for food and accommodation. We are more oriented by projects, rather than the amount of hours though. And some weekend-work for basic chores is to be expected.
We try to have a trip once a week to a nice place together, though everyone is in charge of their own freetime activity.
We can offer a separate room for single travelers or 2-3 people travelling together, in the house with 6 bedrooms. In the high season you might share your room with another helper(s), but if this is the case it would be coordinated ahead. There are two bathrooms and toilets available, common living room and kitchen. We live in the same house and share the common living areas with our volunteers. Certain flexibility is expected as one living unit (bathroom, toilet and two bedrooms) are online rentals and can be an important income for the farm
Our land is about 90 hectares. The landscape around the farm is forest, fields, mountains and hills, many small trails and peaceful roads. There're rivers, lakes, a small waterfall and sea nearby. A perfect surroundings for exploring and experience the Nordic nature by hiking, fishing, camping, swimming, horseback riding, spotting deers and moose and watching the sun setting over the fjord… To go a little extreme, it is possible to do scuba diving and nearby there's one of the biggest indoor climbing centers in Norway.
Orkanger, the nearest bigger town, has an indoor aquapark and a couple of shopping malls.
The farm is located approximately 1-hour-drive by car or 35-min-drive by ferry from our favorite city Trondheim, so you can easily go for a day trip to the city. Trondheim is charming in many ways with its lively city center, culture life and events. There is a river flowing through the middle of the town with old, wooden colorful houses built along the sides, small paved streets with cozy cafes, nice parks and old cathedral.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
25 hours with 2 days off. However; since we run a farm, we do expect some willingness to help us with basic chores and animal care in the weekends.
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