We are Liv (38), Thomas (43) and Odin (newborn).
We live on a small, 300 years old farm in south east Norway outside Rena village by the Glomma river. The farm has been more or less in-active for more than 40 years and we have now been working about 3 years to reestablish it as an active self sustained farm, based on regenerative permaculture practices and principals. Our project is to become fully self sustained and to live a life in co-creation with nature. Today we have some pigs, sheep and lambs, hens and chickens and a dog. We are also expecting to have some bee hives this summer. Thomas work full time on the farm while Liv work part time on the farm and part time in our outdoor guide company.
This season (2019), we will be focusing on these projects: Establishing a market garden style production system in our vegetable field, building a root cellar, finishing a log cabin, start the building of a forest garden and of course farming our vegetable field. All this in addition to the daily and seasonal routines on a farm like caring for the animals, securing winter feed, kitchen work, maintenance, construction work and much more.
Your main tasks will be to establish and maintain the vegetable field and caring for the animals. Thomas will mainly be focusing on other daily and seasonal tasks and different construction projects and you will be asked to help on these.
Cooking / shopping
This is a good way to learn practical skills and harvest experience in organic/regenerative agriculture and sustainable living. Back to basic in a moderne world and find out wether this is a lifestyle for you. We gladly share our knowledge and experience but also look very much forward to learning from your knowledge, ideas and experiences
Establishing and running a lo-tech, self sustained farm involves a wide variety of tasks. We need someone who are versatile and practical and can take part in many types of tasks, like tending to plants and soil, construction work, picking berries and mushrooms, caring for animals, harvesting vegetables, conservation of the produce. Independently or together with us. Previous skills are preferable.
English, Norwegian, Swedish and Danish
Mostly, you will stay in an old house with running water, a kitchen and a bathroom. The house is about 6 kilometers away from the farm and you will have a car available to travel to and from the farm. The house is Livs mothers holiday home and when she is using it (a few weeks during summer), you will stay in a log cabin from about 1850 with basic standards and outdoor toilet. Shower then will be in the main house on the farm.
We will eat most meals together but you can also make meals in your house/cabin. Much of the food is produced on the farm or harvested in the outdoors.
On your time off you can go fishing for grayling, trout, pike, whitefish or perch in the Glomma river just next to the farm for free. We have camping equipment and equipment for hiking, biking and canoeing for you to use.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week