Farm work and animal care just outside Gränna in the deep fairy-like John Bauer forest in Småland, Sweden

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  • Description

    Description

    If you are interested to work with us please read our profile and check the calender before you apply. Also - due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic any workawayer invited to our home is expected to follow guidelines from Swedish authorities. At the moment it means socialize only with people in your household. So if you like nature and forest this could be a match. If you prefer a crowded pub - no match.

    Planning has started for 2021: this will be a year of fencing so if you are interested in being our fence expert - feel free to apply. This means a lot of outdoor work checking, building and maintaining net fences and electric fences. We are also doing some major renovation of our house so Petter the farmer needs a hand with everyday chores so he can focus on managing this project.

    The area around here says to be one of Scandinavia's most beautiful places and it´s located just outside Gränna in the deep fairy-like John Bauer forest of Småland. Our farm´s history goes back all the way to the 18th century. Today it´s a small family business with agriculture, forestry and animals: sheep and cattle. There´s also bees, hens, horses, rabbits and of course cats and dogs. Besides usual farm work we arrange small scale tourist events and we also have a small shop/showroom in nearby Gränna. If you are interested in helping out in the shop you need to be able to speak English/German and some Swedish.

    The family consists of farmer Petter and his wife Jenny and a 16 year old son (and three grown up sons incl partners and grandkids) visiting now and then). We´re easy going people and workaway gives us an opportunity to see/meet the world without leaving home. For obvious reasons we cannot take long vacations. :) As a farmer weather and animals runs your life but we like to take shorter trips and are more than happy to show our volunteers this beautiful area and our way of life.

    Our work list is long and includes both small and big projects but an annual review would look like this:

    ▪️Jan-Feb - shearing sheep, general maintenance
    ▪️Mar-Apr - lamb season, carpentry work, repairs
    ▪️May - lamb event, fences, firewood, garden work
    ▪️Jun-July - hay harvest, garden work, fencing
    ▪️Aug-Sep - shearing sheep, grain harvest, cleaning, firewood
    ▪️Oct-Nov-Dec - firewood, animal care, house sitting

    Food: we eat meat (pork, beef, lamb, chicken), dairy products, eggs and of course vegetables. So if you have special diet request like vegan/pescatarian maybe this is not the place for you.

    If you´re interested in applying please read our profile and include the following information in you application:

    ▪️Appr arrival/departure dates.
    ▪️Describe the work you´re interested in and what skills you can contribute with or would like to learn.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    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

    Perfect oppportunity to experience rural life in Sweden. Forest and lakes are nearby so if you are in to hiking, fishing and nature this is a perfect spot.

  • Help

    Help

    We offer workawayers a (hopefully) pleasant stay with varied tasks depending on season, weather and of course your interests and skills. For example fencing, shearing sheep, carpentry work, caring for animals, cleaning barn, harvesting hay, gardening, cutting firewood and maintenance of machines and buildings. If you know your away around tractors, chainsaws and other tools that’s great but not necessary.

    Daily chores includes feeding animals and cleaning barn. Besides that there is a number of small and big projects to take on for anyone who can work independently like building gates, fixing fences and misc repairs. So if you are a Jack/Jane of all trades you can find interesting challenges here.

    If you like country life but prefer other chores help in the house is always appreciated. That means cooking, baking, cleaning and helping out in the farm shop.

    We usually work long hours and help is really appreciated but we don´t expect our workawayers do to the same hours as we do. We follow Workaway rules and expect 4-5 hours, 5 days a week and of course this is flexible.

    However we do expect our workawayers to be responsible, honest and reliable. If you have specials skills thats great but most important is to be interested and not afraid of trying and learning new things. Farm work can be both boring and dirty so if you can´t deal with hard work and dirty hands this is not the place for you. We also prefer our workawayers to be at least 20 years or older.

  • Languages spoken

    Swedish: Fluent
    English: Intermediate

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Accommodation is offered in one of our guestrooms or if you prefer a tent in the garden that could be arranged too.

    You'll live as a family member in our old house with internet, TV, laundry a s f. If you like you can bring bedlinnen, towels and such otherwise we can provide that. Most important is to bring comfortable working clothes and shoes.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Please note that we are located in a rural area and driving license is good. Public transportation is 6 km away, nearby towns are Jönköping 30 km and Gränna 10 km.

    We don´t expect you to be a trained proffessional (even though you are very welcome too) but we expect you to be interested and willing to learn. We love to hang out and share meals with you even though we work a lot. Also remember: this is a rural area which means that you have to be able entertain yourself the rest of the time.

    To all our previous helpers 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 thank you ever so much - we are very greatful for all the help!

  • 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.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    One

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    Hours expected

    4-5 hours max 25 hours, 5 days a week

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