This farm in Hardanger has not been run for about 30 years.
Tessa grew up in Oslo and moved here 2,5 years ago and still have lots of new things to learn.
Ander moved here recently and is from Basque country. He also has some things to learn.
Now we are preparing to plant apple trees. That involves cutting down trees around the fields, setting up deer fence and making roads. We are also renovating the house, we rent out two small huts for summer guests and want to produce vegetables, herbs, berries etc. for the household. Ander keeps bees and produces a lot of firewood.
We are looking for people who have knowledge/experience/skills related to building, gardening and farming.
You must enjoy life in the countryside and be enthusiastic about physical tasks, and be able to work independent after being introduced to the work. We live on a hill, and you need to be fit to walk up and down the hill and help in all kinds of weather- sometimes hot, wet or cold.
We are looking for people who are thinking of having their own farm or have some skills that they want to share, and people who are interested in country life, self-sustainability, and living close to nature.
We need people who can really get something done.
In exchange we offer a separate bedroom in the house, good food three times a day, hot shower, some home-made cider and spectacular surroundings. We eat a balanced diet of bread, cheese, eggs, meat, fish, fruit, berries and vegetables.
It is hard to feed vegans here because local meat (sheep, trout, deer) is big part of our diet.
The farm overlooks the glacier Folgefonna across the fjord.
The fjord offer opportunities for swimming, fishing and boat rides in the summertime, and the hills are full of hiking opportunities.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
Travellers may benefit from the stay by having a good chance to practice their English.
They will also learn about how to start a farm and problem solving. The buildings is full of old farming equipment and tools, so it can be interesting historically and culturally. The work is physical so people might feel they get in good shape in beautiful surroundings and clean air.
Tessa is a student of land use management and ecology. We might share interesting ideas about plants, fishing, wildlife, soil biology, healing art, forests, forest gardening, farming, hiking, skiing, mountains, art and exploring.
Ander is a forest engineer and is interested in trees, plants and animals. He likes playing board games and also keeps bees.
The landscape in Hardanger is beautiful, with waterfalls, fjords and mountains with snow all around. The glacier Folgefonna we overlook across the fjord.
Please note that the map on the workaday profile shows my farm at the wrong place. I am located between Odda and Lofthus( Ullensvang ) in the Hardanger region.
Volunteers with skills/experience/knowledge with any of these tasks are Welcome:
Spring 2020: Plant 3000 apple trees- lots of hands needed!
Fence building (2 meter high deer fence)
Summer:Set up/help with vegetable garden.
Cut trees with chainsaw.
Summer:Cut grass with different types of grass cutters
Basic carpentry tasks.
Teach us some yoga and other healing arts
Restoring old houses.
Organising, tidying the barn and houses
Late summer/autumn: Make jam, juice, fermented vegetables and dried vegetables/fruits/berries etc. chop/pack wood
Travellers will be accommodated into bedrooms in the second floor of the main house. The huts on the property is a bed and breakfast in the summer season. Volunteers have access to bathroom, dining/living room and kitchen in the main house.
The building has good internet.
There is plenty of places to relax on the farm land, in the forest and hikes to do on the surrounding hill. Berry picking in the summer, and mushroom picking in the autumn. All around the fjord there are hiking trails, and the fjord welcomes for a swim, fishing or a boat ride.The nearest town is Odda, a 30 minutes bus ride away, and the village Lofthus is a 10 minute bus ride away. Lofthus has a pub and restaurant, but its not so much socially that happens around so we usually make our own party. The town Voss is a one hour bus ride away with access to the Bergen-Oslo railway line.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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