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We have a miniature farm on 2 hectares of Swedish nature.
On the top of the sunny hill are the little house and large trees. I just started building the zero energy year-round greenhouse. More trees and forest gardens, edible landscapes and vegetable garden are newly established here.
Upcoming building projects that I need help with are: tiny house renovation; smart and innovative greenhouse; a rainwater collecting system; better duck house; terrass; roof for solar panels and renovation of a stable.
Gardening projects run all the time, mostly focussed on forest gardens/edible perennial plants and plants that benefit insects.
In the bottom of the valley there used to run a creek, which has been underground for 70 years - we are aiming at freeing it as soon as possible. It is also a lovely natural alder wetland forest, full of birdlife, dragonflies, edible plants and flowers.
The southern end is where my friend has her cows, and the stable also contains a cosy but rustic guest room for volonteers, including a small kitchen. This is also where we have the wood workshop.
To the west lies the Oak meadow, a tranquil place for meditation, a place for watching sunsets and sunrise, and listening to the owls through the night.
I who run this place am Tuve, ecologist and hobby farmer with a gardening education and 20 years of experience in small scale food production, orchards, poultry and vegetables. I have spent my life learning the skills necessary to make a good living without being stuck in the modern consumption dependence. I know many crafts, farming and what to eat in the wild.
Spinning wool from various animals is one of my hobbies, but also basketry and carpentry, along side of my main interests gardening and biodiversity. I love teaching my skills to those interested in learning.
On top of that, I love singing, talking, and sharing of the spiritual side of our existance.
This new farm is only three years old, but I have been a host for volonteers for 6 years on my old farm too.
Every second week, my two children, 14 and 16 years old live with me.
We have two cats, coming summer 2023, probably kittens, and four indian runner ducks.
If you are looking for more than a few weeks of volonteering, I am interested in sharing my arable land on longer term also, with people living in their own homes on wheels, yurts etc. It would be possible to bring your own animals, also grazing ones, as long as they can co-exist with the cats and ducks that already live here.
The food here is vegetarian. If you like cooking, vegan is no problem. Meat is rare.
Wifi is available in and around the main house. If you bring a camper van, you can park within wifi range.
Jobs include mainly building and gardening.
Types of help and learning opportunitiesHelp with Eco ProjectsGardeningDIY and building projectsAnimal CareCreating/ Cooking family mealsGeneral MaintenanceHelp with Computers/ Internet
UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve
Cultural exchange and learning opportunities
I can teach you about:
Wild edible plants
Crafts (if you are here long enough you could learn basketry and spinning)
Or we could do:
Singing together would be fun
Meditation, spirituality, drumming
Night-time safaris to see the wild white deer special to this area.
Having fun with the kids, playing cards.
I mainly need help with
▪planting trees, weeding, gardening;
▪taking care of food produce;
▪organizing and cleaning in workshop and sheds;
▪building a terrass, greenhouse, chicken house, renovating tiny houses
Of course I will guide you in what to do.
This host offers a language exchange
We'd love to get better at French. We're very good at English and Swedish.
I have two choices for volonteers: A rustic and cosy guestroom in the stable that has a double bed + a loft bed and it's own kitchen, but usually volonteers chose to eat with the family in the house. Or a tiny house next to the house with wifi. Only one bed.
Do let me know if you have allergies, the rooms might not be so dust free.
Please be prepared to accept that both these guest rooms are also used as storage.
What else ...
I can lend you a bicycle. There are walking trails in the surrounding landscape, which is a patchwork of farms, fields, small forests and pastures. There are lakes within cycling distance. It is situated in the middle of Skåne, has 3 national parks within 1 hour drive, and nature reserves close by.
Public transport exists, but is limited to weekdays and daytime.
A little more information
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Can host digital nomads
Space for parking camper vans
Can possibly accept pets
As long as the pet leaves cats and ducks alone
How many Workawayers can stay?
4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week