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A small Permaculture farm with non-slaughter animal husbandry is looking for volunteers to help! Lövestad, Southern Sweden

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Availability

  2024 

 Min stay requested: 1 month or more

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  • Description

    Description

    Our farm is a cozy spot where we're all about growing food the organic way and living a life that respects every living being. It is a safe haven for 5 cows and 4 horses, and we live by the rules of kindness and self-reliance, inspired by the principles of non-violence and permaculture.

    Everyone here is part of an intentional community. Although coming from various walks of life we all work together in a permaculture way. During your stay, it's important to stick to our community's values and rules.

    What we're up to:
    • We turn manure into gold (well, almost) by making our soil richer, which helps our gardens thrive and captures
    carbon.
    • We plant trees and bushes following a master plan that respects the land.
    • We have gardens where we grow veggies, herbs, and berries, aiming for a menu that's as fresh as it can get.

    Some of us dive deep into the Bhakti-yoga or Vaishnava tradition from India, and we love sharing this through music and special events. But no worries if that's not your thing; we welcome all spiritual paths or none at all. The main thing? Respect and openness towards everyone's beliefs.

    We're looking for volunteers to join us for 2 months. It takes a bit to get into the groove of things here and get to know the routines and other members of the community – both the two-legged and the four-legged ones. Emiilia also runs a Permaculture course that's two-month long. Can't stay the full two months? Just let us know; we're flexible.

    While you're here, we count on you to keep things tidy, communicate clearly, stay committed, and be polite. We run a smoke-free, alcohol-free, and meat-free zone. While you're here, you're part of that lifestyle too.

    In a nutshell, if you're into learning about sustainable living, caring for animals and being part of a diverse community, we're the place for you.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability 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

    We're excited to teach you everything we know about:

    • Taking care of cows and horses the right way, with kindness and respect for their lives. We’ll show you how to train them gently without causing harm.

    • How to grow your own food sustainably using permaculture and organic farming techniques. You’ll learn how to bring life back to the soil and grow plants that are good for you and the planet.

    • DIY skills for fixing and building things around the farm using wood, cement, and metal. Get ready to get your hands dirty and create something lasting.

    • Cooking amazing vegan and vegetarian meals that taste great and are good for you. We specialize in delicious Indian and Italian recipes, plus how to bake the perfect sourdough bread.

    • How to keep fruits, berries, and veggies fresh so you can enjoy them longer. We'll share our secrets for preserving the bounty of the garden.

    • Dive into Kirtan-yoga, explore the wisdom of the Bhagavad-gita, and learn mantra meditation to find peace and clarity in your daily life.

    The farm is all about learning to live in a way that respects all living beings and the planet, while picking up some cool skills along the way!

  • Help

    Help

    As a volunteer, you'll be hands-on with our daily tasks - looking after animals and keeping the gardens thriving. Plus, you get to jump on cool projects like building and repairs, depending on the season.

    In winter, it is mostly about animal care - feeding and cleaning up after our cows and horses. When spring hits, and through to fall, you'll switch gears to gardening - think planting, weeding, harvesting, and getting everything ready for the next season, starting as early as February.

    Got skills in building or using tools and machines? We've got plans to build an outdoor shower, compost toilet, greenhouse, sauna, farm shop, rocket stove, and even explore Earthship architecture. Keen to help? Let us know!

    If cooking's more your thing, we're looking for someone to take charge of the kitchen, cooking for fellow volunteers. You'd work on a set schedule, with everyone enjoying shared meals twice a day.

    Heads up: Our farm is 100% vegetarian/vegan, so we skip on meat, fish, and eggs here. While we don't provide black tea, coffee, chocolate, sweeteners, or soft drinks, you can easily pick these up from the local supermarket along with any other personal items.

    Most of our work is pretty physical, so be ready for some hands-on action!

    New! We are looking for a team leader. If you've led teams before, like in Scouts, and you're up for staying at least 4 months, you could be the one who we're looking for. We'll give you special training in the first three weeks. It's a great chance to deepen your skills and make a lasting impact with us.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Finnish: Fluent
    Swedish: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    A guest house with several bed rooms, a small bathroom with shower, a large common lounge and a kitchenette. Bed linen, towels and washing detergent are provided. There is a washing machine available in the main house, in an extra bathroom with a shower cabin. A compost-toilet is situated near the wooden cabins. Each volunteer needs to keep his/her private quarters neat and tidy and partake in the cleaning and tidying of the shared and common areas.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We live in the beautiful countryside of southernmost Sweden (Scania), but still relatively close to the cities of Lund, Malmö and Copenhagen. There is a bus stop nearby with decent communication to these bigger cities during the weekdays.

    In the vicinity of the farm there are plenty of opportunities for trekking, cycling and day trips. You may check out the website skaneleden.se . The east and south coasts of Scania are within reach for a day-trip by bus or car, and there are some natural lakes/ponds nearby for swimming, reachable by bike or by a car. This part of Sweden also offers many historical and ancient places for sightseeing, like castles and towns with old architecture.

    At any given time we normally have two to three volunteers staying with us, and can host comfortably a few more. Volunteers normally live in shared, gender-separated rooms. For married couples or couples in a long-term stable relationship, we try to offer an accommodation together.

    Outside of the service hours there are some optional activities arranged for or by the volunteers, like walks with the horses, extra cow care, playing board games, bon fires and story telling, Kirtana-sessions, movie nights, learning handicrafts, etc...

    Two sumptuous meals (breakfast or brunch and lunch or dinner) are taken together. For the third meal and eventual snacks there are usually fruits, leftovers from common meals, bread and granola available for self-catering. All who partake in the common meals are expected to contribute by taking part in a rotating schedule for cooking common meals. For those who opt to prepare their own meals, the farm provides ingredients from our own gardens plus additional fruits, vegetables and dairy products from the local supermarket. Only vegetarian/vegan ingredients are used in the farm and we avoid purchasing processed or unsustainably items as much as possible.

  • 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

    We do have a decent Wi-fi in the main house and the guest house. The wooden cabins have no Wi-fi.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Please make a separate inquire if you would like to stay in your own campervan/motorhome while on the farm, providing the size and requirements for your vehicle.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    A well-behaved pet who is cared for by the owner can be accepted. The owner must clean after the pet and provide it with food. Due to allergies and hygienic reasons, pets are generally not allowed inside the common and shared spaces.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    25 hours a week

Host ref number: 531951495574

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