Help our family out building up our selfsufficient regenerative homestead in the north.
We live in the small village of Gässjö in the region of Ångermanland in northern Sweden. We run a homestead of 8 hectares with 5 hectares of forest and 3 of meadow/pasture and garden. We have lived on this farm since may 2019 so we are still in the process of establishing, but we have lived in the same village for several years. In the village we are used to cooperating between neighbours and often help each other out with different projects. We also have music rehearsal room and a common outdoor kitchen that is currently in the making.
Matthias is a musician, and passionate about plants, gardening and most other things on the homestead. He works as a music teacher a few days a week.
Helena is a fulltime mom of Ester and the animals and plants of the homestead. She came to Gässjö after several years of working on different farms in Sweden to gain experience and knowledge to one day settle on her own farm. She is in love with animals and would preferably have horses, cows, pigs, sheep, goats, rabbits etc, but also sees the point of waiting a year or two and focusing on the garden and buildings. She originates from Denmark.
Ester is a strong-willed, funny, happy (sometimes not), curious etc toddler. So far she is staying at home and not going to daycare. She is in love with animals, she likes to explore the garden and take walks around the village and in the forest.
On the homestead also lives hens+chickens, cats+kittens and bees. In the village also lives goats with which we sometimes help out (milking, feeding, moving pastures, making hay, fencing), dogs and cows that graze partly on our land.
This year our focus is on the garden that we build up in no-dig ways, with a blend of high intensive market garden beds and more organically shaped perennial beds, with trees and bushes in between. We also have building/restoring projects, since all the buildings are old and in need of care.
The village is situated in the middle of the forest, close to very beautiful lakes and rivers. On hot days we often take a dip in the river running just below our farm and if we want to take a swim we go to the nearest forest lake.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
Volunteers will parttake in the daily life of building up and maintaining farmsystems while living community and family life. You will learn all the sides of running a small scale family farm, and will also have the possibility to dig deeper into certain aspects if you stay longer, such as gardening, keeping animals, forestry, wild herbs etc. We invite you to join our process and become a part of the village.
In your free time you can discover the surrounding nature, with forests, marshlands, mountains, rivers and lakes.
Late summer and autumn is perfect for picking berries of all kinds, fishing, hiking, etc.
Many of our neighbours have interesting projects going on, and we encourage you to get to know them.
We prefer volunteers that plan to stay 2 weeks or more.
We imagine that we can be quite flexible with the work tasks if there is something that volunteers are specifically interested of learning or has skills in. We imagine that volunteers will share with us the day-to-day tasks such as cooking/cleaning the kitchen, and if someone feel like it and has a good connection with Ester we would also love volunteers to hang out with her so we can work on farm projects.
Some projects for the coming year:
- Maintaining and expanding the garden with extra focus on perennial herbs, bushes and trees (according to principles of permaculture/forest garden)
- Further renovation and care of the volunteer cabin by the stream
- Harvesting wild herbs on the farm and in the surrounding area (May - October)
- Picking wild berries in the surrounding area, such as Blueberry, Lingonberry, Cloudberry, Raspberry (July - October)
- Further renovations on the main house
We used to do hay the traditional way with scythe on a hay rack. Since we don't keep much animals at the moment it's not a must do during the summer, but if you are interested in learning this we are happy to teach if the time of the year is right, in the month of July, and the weather allows it. Just the cutting with scythe can be done through the entire summer.
The every-day/several days a week tasks:
- Cleaning the kitchen
- Feeding the hens and chickens
- Milking the goats
- Cutting grass with scythe
- Weeding and watering the garden
- Picking wild herbs
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.
We have small cabin beautifully located down by the stream at the edge of the forest.
It is a simple cabin in need of some care, but works well for the warmer part of the year (may-october).
It has its own fireplace with cooking opportunities, but no electricity or running water.
We can also offer you to stay in a regular caravan up next to the main house.
Living in a tent is otherwise a wonderful option from May to October if you want to live closer to nature.
We can provide tents, madrasses, sleeping bags, etc. Volunteers can use our house as they need in daytime.
During the colder part of the year our only option is the main house, unless someone is up for experiencing sleeping out in the winter cold, which itself is a wonderful experience.
We eat meat, fish, eggs etc. but welcome people of all diets if everyone can live in peace and harmony with their different diets. Please be aware of that what we eat is largely based on the season of the year and what the farm provides,
and that we might not be able to offer some very special preferences. If you wonder something, ask!
The nearest place to pick up volunteers will be Edsele which you can reach by public transportation from Sollefteå.
Choose this alternative if possible, but buses are not very frequent, so other possibilities are that we pick you up in either Sollefteå, Hammarstrand or Näsåker, depending on where you travel from.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
This host can provide space for campervans.
This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.
More than two
5 hours a day, 5 days a week