Come and join our family life among the woods and farmland in Vara, Sweden

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  • Description

    Description

    Hello! We are searching for people who are willing to join our life and live on and off a small farm. Shorter or longer stays possible.

    We enjoy ecological farming and grow microgreens, strawberries, vegetables, chickens (for eggs). We also pick berries in the northern parts of Sweden every summer. We spend most of our time at home since we work from home with our online-webshop, we sell seeds for vegetables, plants and flowers. And we run a small camping-site with 6 cabins for tourists in the village nearby, with a outdoors hot tub and sauna and ponds for fishing.

    As you can tell our hands are not enough and there are to many possibilities for a life on the farm not to share them with more people, and everything is more fun when shared! We have had around 45 volunteers so far and enjoy it, but we feel that we would really enjoy to to work more long term and have permanent people living with us, or at least one more long-term-stayer and some short-term-stayers as well to mix it up.

    So who are we? We are a family of five, Daniel age 39, Maria age 29 and three kids 1-4 yrs.

    Three years ago we bought a house with 40.000 m2 land and an old barn with a dream of being able to live on and off the farm in one and another way in the future. I guess we have a dream of this place becoming a place were we and our visitors can thrive, be creative in all possible ways, grow food and have good fun close to nature! Far away from pretty selfies.

    Organic farming is our main interest but we also like to pick berries and mushrooms in the forest in the late summer/autumn. We like to learn by doing, learn to build things (we are currently building a cabin in the trees and are into eco-building, recycle design (youtube is our guru, haha) which is a way to reduce waste and consumption and create something new. With the help of workawayers we managed to fix a chicken house so we now have some chickens for eggs and we are planning on getting more in the spring. We also built an amazing greenhouse from mainly pallet-wood and old windows which can provide a lot of veggies and fruits. We also planted hundreds of berries, fruit trees last year.

    Our simple home is located on the countryside with our open land/small fields and a forest surrounding it, no neighbors are visible although other farms are in the area. The house is very simple in standards, need some work to make it perfect but it works alright to live in. The small river "Lidan" is close were you can fish and take a swim (if you're feeling adventurous and there's enough water). The area is called Ballstorp, a very small village between the cities Falköping and Vara. Gothenburg is only an hour away with train and we go there sometimes by car to visit second-hand-markets or friends and will start working on farmers-markets.

    We have many plans and projects we want to do and make but time is not enough especially not with three small kids, and also before we bought this farm we liked to travel and meet new people so this is a way to travel and be at home at the same time! We try to be easygoing, open-minded and do not like to make more plans than necessary but have a lot we want to get done for this place!

    The to do list is long, but there´s also possibility for recreation and fun.

    Please come and join us, make things happen and have fun!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Babysitting / child care
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Farmstay
    Other
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Learn by doing is our "motto" so we try to learn on the way about new things that needs to be done and interests us at the moment and we will involve you in a way that fits you :)

    LIVING ON AND OFF A FARM!

  • Help

    Help

    Looking for someone for permanent or long term stay with us in our daily life.
    We need help with a lot of different things like gardening, painting and simple renovating & building, help with childcare, cooking, taking care of chickens, picking berries and loads of other things.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Swedish Norwegian English

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    A bed in a room upstairs in the house, shared if other volunteers are here. Simple standards but clean sheets and cats that like to cuddle ;) We are close to finish a tree-house for visitors to stay in!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Easy to get the train to a bigger city like Gothenburg or Stockholm to spend the day or a night or two.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours/day 5 days/week

Building the chicken house from our own trees!
Greenhouse in the making (and some talking of course).
Elvis our cat






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