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We are a family of five living at an idyllic small farm 1 hour from Trondheim, in the middle of Norway. We live about 20 minutes from Trondheim international airport and the smaller city of Stjørdal. We hold chickens, ducks, quails, turkeys and a sizeable kitchen garden, as well as some animals for slaughter during the summer months. We hunt, farm and gather what we can, striving towards some degree of self suffiency and applying permaculture principles. Our diet is meat-based, high fat and home-made. We invite you to come take part in our daily life, and perhaps learn some new skills?
Our three kids are aged six, five and one. We practice attachment parenting, they all stay at home, and we homeschool our eldest. Dad travels to Trondheim for work 4days/week. We are both proficcient in english and speak rudimentary german. Our kids speak a little english and are eager to learn more, and it would be fun for us adults to practice some german or perhaps learn a new language?
We prefer longer stays when possible, and currently we are looking for stays from one month up to three. But do not hesitate to contact us about a shorter stay if you feel that you could be a good match!
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
We love to get to know new people, and invite you to come live with us and learn about family life of a homeschool family and small farm work. We grow what we can of our own food, and source what we can from hunting and gathering. During the course of a year we usually do most of the following: make homemade soap, sauerkraut and fermented foods, slaughter and/or butcher chickens, turkeys, ducks, quails, pigs, goats and sheep, render lard and tallow, make homemade sausages and cure and smoke meat, ham and bacon, make caviar, make a local smoked barley beer, gather mushrooms and berries and wild herbs, tap birch sap, harvest vegetables and herbs, fish for trout, hunt and process roe deer, red deer, moose and other wild game. There is also a possibility to learn knitting and basic nålebinding. Many of theses activities happen only once a year, and sometimes every other year. If you are interested you can (depending on the time of year) get to participate and learn/exchange skills in some of the mentioned activities.
Contact us if there is something you are particulary interested in, and we'll let you know if we could do it during your stay. We are also eager to learn new skills, so give us a shout if you master an interesting skill, like for example welding, carpentry, blacksmithing, gardenwork, canning, preserving, beekeeping, meadmaking, pruning, creative techniques, a language, an instrument, a sport, anything really :-)
We need help with household chores and farm chores inside and outside. We also need help looking after our flock of around twenty chickens, as well as some ducks and quails and a few turkeys.
During late spring, summer and fall we also need help with the kitchen garden and vegetable field. This could include everything from planning and seeding to planting and setting and weeding and harvesting. In the winter chores are mostly normal family house chores inside the house, as well as some outside chores like tending to the birds, snowmowing and carrying firewood.
Down the road we are planning on building the following: quail cages, chicken/rabbit tractor, motorised barrel chicken plucker, wheeled hog shed, high-tunnel/makeshift greenhouse, larger chicken run, isolated root cellar area and traditional fences. Some of these projects could be built during the winter, some require some basic carpentry and/or welding skills, others are more learn as you go. We also could need help with some other building/carpenter tasks. Other than the base chores we will arrange your stay and projects after your interests and skills! We ask for help up to 5 hours/day 5 days a week.
Norwegian, English, basic German, Swedish
You will get your own bedroom. Depending on the time of the year this will be either in the same part of the house as us, sharing a bathroom and toilet, or it could be in a separate part of the building with a separate bathroom/toilet.
You will be sharing meals with the rest of the family, and we expect you to help out as you would in a normal household. Most meals are made without milk and wheat/gluten, as we have allergies in the family, but we will arrange for something if you have foods you can't live without :-) Out diet is meat-based, high fat and home-made. We love it and hope you will too!
We enjoy the occasional glass of wine but don't get drunk. Our house is smoke free and we would prefer if you are too.
We have cats. Cell-phone coverage is good in the general area, but flimsy around the farm. We have high-speed internet (100Mbit u/d).
What you should bring if you have: Clothes that are okay to become dirty and possibly stained, and a pair of wellies/rubber boots or boots. We do have some clothes and shoes on hand, so let us know in advance with your size if there is something you need.
For winter: winters in our area can be cold, ranging anywhere from -25 to +5 degrees celcius. You must bring enough warm clothes if you are staying with us in the winter. A warm hat, mittens, wool socks and warm underwear. Preferably boots that can handle wet and cold. Let us know beforehand if there is something you miss, we might have some things on hand or arrange for something.
Public transport in the general area is good, but poor to and from the farm itself. It is possible to catch a ride with dad who travel most weekdays to Trondheim for work (trainfare neccesary). Should you wish to go places or need anything we are happy to drive you to the train/bus station/store as long as it isn't every day :-) Trondheim is the third largest city in Norway and a historical town with many sights to see and popular with tourists. The local city of Stjørdal has most of the things you would expect and need from a small city - shops & cafés & leisure activities.
There is a lot of beautiful nature and wildlife in the area. Close to the farm most hills and mountains are forested, but there are higher peaks above the tree-line in the area with popular hiking trails. We live about 1,5 hours from the (imo.) best alpine skiing resort in scandiavia (Åre, Sweden). There are also other skiing resorts closer by. We are shielded from light-pollution where we live, so you get a good wiew of the night sky. If you stay with us during the winter there's a chance of getting to see the northern light, we usually get to see it 4-10 times during the winter.
We are a outdoorsy family and have plentiful camping gear, including a lavvu and tents that you could borrow. We also have a small log cabin with a cozy fireplace by a beautiful lake 15 minutes from the farm, with canoe and boat. If you want to try nordic skiing, snowshoeing or icefishing you should have a good oppurtinity. In the summer you can fish for trout with rod and reel, fishing nets or "otter-line" (don't worry we'll teach you). We often take our workawayers to see sights and activities of interest in the area.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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