Diverse heritage farm in Hedmark, Norway

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Norway

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  • Description

    Description

    We follow all Covid-19 restrictions.

    I am a 35 year old architect running our old family farm. We got a beautiful place here, with historical buildings and gardens, fields, pastures and diverse forest, along Norway's largest lake Mjøsa, close to Oslo. I love to share it.

    I continue to develop the farm in a positive, social and sustainable direction, with care for both the heritage and the natural environment. Most productions on the farm are certified organic.

    Regarding climate change, biodiversity and land use, the farm is especially interesting. Here you live with the seasons, from our dry snowy winter to the warm and fertile summer, to everything in between. The seasons shape and give rythm to life and a diversity of work.

    I want workawayers to experience some of these changes and therefor invite people to apply for one or two of three periods:

    August-October, summer to autumn:
    In this period we bring the sheep down from the mountain communal summer pasture and start strategic rotational grazing on the different pastures on the farm. Fences must be in order. We harvest from the garden and prepare the farm and the food storage for the winter to come. In August it is still warm and nice to take a swim in the large lake.

    January-March, winter to spring:
    The cold crisp winter covers the farm in deep snow. The winter cleanses and resets everything. Working outside in the relative short days, with their colorful sunsets at 4 is an unique experience. We heat ourselves with wood stoves and the making of firewood for next winter. The sheep and pigs must be cared for every day. Our production of high quality birch timber demands some nice forest work in this dormant season.

    April-June, spring to summer:
    The lambing is an intense, energizing and beautiful time. You come close to life and death. In the end of May the sheep finally and playfully get new, fresh grass. Some lambs always continue to need special care and bottle feeding. We prepare the fields and the garden with many different plants for the new season and bring the sheep to the mountain pasture for the summer. We are restoring and enlarging a pond, focusing on habitat for the endangered warty newt.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • 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

    We offer the possibility to learn about our special farm and way of farming, combining new and historical methods, developing sustainable agriculture, with care for heritage and nature. Learn about farming, craft, architecture and land use, and experience the joy of physical farm work. As hosts we will do our best to create a learning environment and provide work so you will both be challenged and get tasks that you can manage and take real responsibility for. On some special days we plan workshops focusing more directly on the sharing of knowledge. I would also like to facilitate if you got your own project (or an idea) that you need time and space to work on, and will benefit the farm or community in some way. Please specify if you want this. I got knowledge in many areas of sustainable agriculture and architecture, and are happy to share.

    The farm is a nice place to have sparetime, with diverse nature, hiking trails and a pier by the lake. We got a canoe, bikes and fishing equipment.

  • Help

    Help

    Type of work vary through the season: caring for the sheep and pigs, lambing, making firewood, fencing, gardening, general maintenance, food conservation, and depending on your skills and interests: building and restoration projects, nature/biodiversity restoration, craft and design. If you got any special interest or skills please let us know. Everyone are expected to contribute in the farmwork, but let me know if you are interested in my architecture, curating and art practice as well.

    Most people come here to learn specifics about our farming, and volunteering here is at its best if that is what you are interested in. We prioritize people who have or in some way are planning to have agriculture as part of their life.

    The work will not include cooking or cleaning for us, only for your own household.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Norwegian: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    You will get your own guest room in a separate house. Bathroom, kitchen and living room will be shared with 0-3 other volunteers, depending on the season.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Easy to get here by train from Oslo, Trondheim or the international Oslo airport Gardermoen.

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    max 25 hours a week

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