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

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  • Last activity: 10 Nov 2021



 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks



  • Description


    COVID-SITUATION UPDATE: We´re pretty much at home all the time in these times and prefer longer stays and preferably vaccinated guests. Life is still great here at our place!

    Hello! We are searching for people who are willing to join our life and live on and off a small vegetable-farm. Longer stays are 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 also work from home with our webshop since we sell seeds for vegetables, plants and flowers for a living.

    Our hands are never 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 41, Maria age 31 and three kids 3-6 yrs.
    Plus cats, a small dog, sheep, bees and chickens.

    Five 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 and nice looking surfaces.

    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. 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. We have a 160 m2 greenhouse-tunnel were we grow tomatoes and other veggies!

    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 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. (Not during Covid-pandemic though)

    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. We have a wood-heated outdoor-hot-tub to make the weekends nice!

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

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • 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 :)


  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • 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

    English: Fluent
    Norwegian: Fluent
    Swedish: Fluent

  • 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. During the pandemic we prefer people to stay here instead of visiting the cities.

  • 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

    We have a lot of space on the farm and if you are traveling by van or camper feel free to stay here and use our facilities in the house.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


  • ...

    Hours expected

    5 hours/day 5 days/week

Host ref number: 383588919334

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