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Our first year as Workaway hosts has been a different, yet very interesting and amazing year as well as better than we could every had hoped for. We are now wrapping up our hosting as we have our last Workawayers scheduled for September and October. The progress that has been made on the farm makes a huge difference to us and we can't thank everybody enough as words can't express it well enough. <3
The year 2020 has taught us a lot and with all the amazing, interesting and fun people we have gotten to know over the season we definitely want to open up our home and lives to meet more amazing, interesting and fun people during 2021! Maybe we can also get some visits from previous Workawayers too! :-D
We are a family of four with multiple furry companions. It's me, my husband and our two children, 8 and 6 years old and our two mischievous cats. On the farm there's also rabbits and several types of poultry, such as chickens, quails and turkeys, and last, but not least, bees.
Apart from the farm we also have normal full time jobs as well as activities for the kids and commitments in associations for both the island and development of the Archipelago as a whole. So, we have a busy schedule! :-D
Three years ago, we bought a neglected farm on an island in Stockholm archipelago with the aim to make it our livelihood. We want to build a small-scale permaculture inspired organic farm, where our vision is to live a sustainable lifestyle with less stress and more quality of life.
To be able to live off the farm we want to start a farm store for the farm’s products, both from the animals, the gardens and the orchard. The farm store would preferably have a kitchen for taking care of the different produce from the farm, such as dairy products from the goats’ milk, jams from the berries, apple cider from the apples and of course the honey from the bees, to name a few. We also want to be able to build a stone oven, so we can bake sourdough breads and pizzas/tarté flambées.
Our focus right now is to give the farm a ton of TLC in order to bring it back to its old glory. After more than 40 years of no maintenance, there's a few things that needs done, to say the least. And it’s turned out to be a greater undertaking than we expected. So, we desperately and gratefully need all the help we can get! All the buildings need some major caretaking in order to make them functional again. We are also planning on installing solar panels for our energy needs and want to build an system for our water supply, including saving rainwater.
WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR
As most of the chores are performed independently you must be comfortable working alone. Though, as we sometimes work together you must also be able to function in a team setting. It's all about communication and adapting to each other. Specially when you also live closely together with others, though in separate rooms unless you're friends/couples.
Let us know what you are good at or what you would like to learn more of and we'll try our best to both put your skills to use as well as accommodate your wishes.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
We have a bilingual household, where both Swedish and English is spoken. We welcome all nationalities for mutual cultural and language exchanges. Both my husband and I have travelled a lot, though never through Workaway. We have now landed on our plot of land, which we want to be able to share with others. We are hoping for a mutually beneficial, interesting and enjoyable time.
If there is anything you want us to show you or teach you then just let us know and we will do our best to share our knowledge.
We enjoy being outdoors, cooking and eating and entertaining friends and family.
We need help with everything on the farm! In exchange for your help you get food and accommodation as well as a beautiful area to explore.
Examples of what we are working on and need help with:
Clearing and cleaning of the buildings. Renovating the buildings. Clearing of the woods, beam making from logs and wood splitting. Painting, both indoors and outdoors. Gardening - sowing, weeding, harvesting. Pruning the old fruit trees and planting new ones. Clearing and repairing paths. Preparing of planting areas. Caretaking of the animals - feeding, cleaning, petting. Caretaking of the children - play games, prepare snacks, go swimming, go fishing, read books. Build tiny houses, fences and porches. Set up a recyclable station. Beekeeping - hive inspections and honey harvesting. General cleaning of debris on the premises left by previous owners/generations. You name it!
Normally the work would be performed daytime Monday to Friday, though we will also ask for help in the early mornings, late evenings or weekends as needed or for the Workawayer to take responsibility for a specific area. This will be planned accordingly and properly communicated.
Accommodation will be provided in one of the cottages, which has two bedrooms. There's one bedroom with a double bed as well as one single bed or two smaller kids beds, suitable for a couple or family. And there is one bedroom with one single bed. This room can also be made into a twin or double room, though somewhat cramped. During your stay with us you will have your private room unless you're a couple or friends travelling together. We can also accommodate families with children. If needed there is also one bedroom in the main house with bunk beds. We will provide bedding and towels.
The cottage is basic with a standard that would be considered lower than standard. There is currently no running water in the cottage and thus, no functioning kitchen or bathroom. Basic cooking can still be done in the kitchen, which has a fridge and freezer, a small stove and all the kitchen utensils needed. There is an outhouse close to the cottage for toilet visits and the shower in the main house is available for use. We are also working on setting up an outdoor shower. On warm days the sea is just a few minutes walk away for swimming.
Breakfast and lunch is eaten independently, but dinners will mostly be eaten together during the weekdays and the preparing, cooking and cleaning up will be shared on a rotational schedule. We will provide a stocked fridge, pantry and freezer as well as hopefully a full garden when in season, so you are free to cook and bake whatever you wish from the ingredients available. We normally don't provide sweets/treats or snacks between meals other than the occasional "fika" nor do we provide drinks such as sodas or alcoholic beverages other than perhaps on special occasions. If you would like these foods or drinks, you will need to supply them yourself.
There are no stores on the island and we only do grocery pick ups about every two weeks and therefore meal planning is important.
We eat a diet containing meat, dairy, farm fresh eggs, vegetables and whole foods. So we try to cook balanced meals. We also eat breads and cakes that we bake and other ingredients with gluten. With that said, most dietary requirements can still be fulfilled with proper notice and planning as long as you are comfortable with others maybe not sharing your specific reasons for eating what you eat or that the meals cooked might not be in accordance with your specific diet.
We also try to make time for "fika", which is often translated as "a coffee and cake break", which kind of is correct, though it really is much more than that. "Fika" is a concept, a state of mind, an attitude and an important part of Swedish culture. Many Swedes consider that it is almost essential to make time for fika every day. It means making time for family, friends and/or colleagues to share a cup of coffee (or tea) and a little something to eat along with conversations.
During the high season the ferries run on a daily basis, but there's also possibilities of hitching a ride with either myself and my husband as we both also normally work outside of the farm. As "normal" is different now, we currently mostly work from home, so be aware that specially in the low season (outside of mid-June to mid-August), there are limited possibilities to get off the island.
The area we live in has a lot to see and do. On your time off you can go island hopping, visit Stockholm or Uppsala with all their tourist attractions or for a night out.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
We have excellent fiber connection.
We are animal lovers and can accept all animals that will not in any way harm the other animals, humans or property.
More than two
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week, but flexible for more days off.
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