Come and help with forrestwork and gardening in Telemark, Norway



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    We are a couple in our late 50'ties / early 60'ties running a small organic farm in Ulefoss, Telemark. We have about 40 sheep and the same amount of chickens, two cats and a dog. From May til October we have seven pigs in the old garden, and we also have beehives.
    We moved to this farm three years ago, so we still have a lot of projects going on. I am a nurse working only weekends, and my husband is a carpenter. We have a small vegetable garden which really needs some love and attention. This summer it has been badly neglected...
    The forrest we have I want to change from dense forrest with a lot of small trees into more like grazeland for the sheep.
    I love being as self sufficient as possible, - picking berries in the forest, trading milk for eggs with the neighbours, using our own honey instead of sugar.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

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

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    When you come here you will see how Norwegians live on a typical small farm. We try to make as much as possible from our vegetable-garden, and we conserve wild berrys during summer for the next year.
    We love to discuss with people from other countries, and to learn how they live. We travelled a lot before we moved to the farm. Now we have to invite the world to come to us instead.
    We expect you to work 5 hours a day, 5 days a week. You choose yourself how you spend your time.

  • Help


    We need help with a lot! We have so many projects going on. I want to have a street-art painting on one of the walls of the barn. You see what I mean in the picture of the sun and flowers. It might be too cold for much outdoor painting in November, so I'll finish it next spring. I also need help in the vegetable garden, depending on when you come ofcourse. I want to re-arrange some of the beds so everything is ready for next season.
    We have a forrest that needs thinning and other forrest work. It would be nice if you can handle a chainsaw, otherwise Terje will teach you.
    We still have some indoor painting to do on a rainy day. Also general maintenance and help in the house and in the garden.
    In April and May we have the lambing. Very rewarding time.
    From June until September most of the sheep will be in the hills/ mountain about 1.5 hrs drive from here. Now they are back on the farm. We have started to fence in a big field for the sheep, and need help to finish it.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Norwegian: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    We have three spare bedrooms in the house, and soon one extra bathroom. Kitchen will be shared with us.
    Our meals are not so regular, but we want to have at least dinner together. It would be very nice if you could cook something from your country once or twice a week, but no stress.
    When it comes to other meals you are free to make and eat whatever you find in the house. Of course you clean what you have been using in the kitchen when you are finished.
    We don't smoke, and will appreciate if you don't either. Haveing said that, you can smoke outside the house if you need to. We don't drink much, but a glass or two of wine or beer when we play cards on the veranda is just fine. In winter we move inside and sit in front of the fireplace.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Ulefoss is a small place along the very famous canal of Telemark, Telemarkskanalen. It is said to be one of the most beautiful waterways in the world. When the canal was completed in 1892 it was called the eitght wonder. It connects the coast of Telemark with the inland through a number of locks. One can go there by one of the old passenger boats or rent a canoe and padle.
    The nearest bigger places are Skien and Porsgrunn, with all facilities, about 30 min by car. Buses every hour. There are numerous hiking options in the aerea, everything from 5 minutes to as long as you could possibly want. About half a mile from our farmhouse we have a kind of really basic three-wall shelter with a fireplace. Very nice to stay overnight there.
    We also have two bikes you can use whenever you like.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • 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

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Our house
Part of the wall we want decorated with the image of the sun in the next picture
This is the motive I want on my barn-wall
Part of the vegetablegarden
Me and my husband

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