Update 23 july 2020
IF the coronavirus does NOT come back in full power this autumn, we will be able to have volunteers at our place again, hopefully! So feel free to apply for a visit, we do need your help this fall!
And if you have long term plans and wants to book a workaway period 2021, please feel free to contact us!
Please read the full presentation down low below, if you want to know who we are, what we do and why we do it, so that you know what you are getting yourself into :)
And I also have to tell you: If yo want to come here, you have to be able to speak and understand English at a reasonable level. We cannot take volunteers who needs to practice their English, I am sorry, but the only way we can pay our workawayers back for all the help that we get, is to be able to tell you about the intricate structures of permaculture, the microlife in the soil food web and a lot of other things. We are keen talkers and need to be able to have a good conversation around the kitchen table.
We are eager and happy to get to know new volunteers from all over the world and show you what permaculture is all about :)
Permaculture is the future!
Our family have an old "farm" in the middle of a forest. It has been parceled up since the last farmer died in 1992, leaving only a small piece of land around the houses, 9986m2. We bought the place 2008. By then we lived in the second biggest city of Sweden, Gothenburg.
2008 was a year of great turmoil in the international economic systems, and we started to try and find out why, and how to respond to everything that happened. Reading a lot and listening to many lectures from different universities and institutes, we came to the conclusion that a lot more was going on than appeared on the surface. Resource depletion with peak-oil as the foremost example, the impossible worldwide economic focus on perpetual growth and the prospect of climate change. Everything together lead us to the insight that “business as usual” was not an offer.
Having found that out, we started to look for alternatives to the way we lived and found the interesting concept of PERMACULTURE. Permaculture is an internationally acknowledged design concept that emphasize the importance of cooperation with the ecosystems. Permaculture aims to achieve biodiversity and a sustainable ecological use of the land. This was just what we wanted to do.
So, we sold our house in Gothenburg in 2011 and moved out to the farm. When we first arrived, there was no electricity, no water pipes and no sewer. The old farmer had not wanted any of that. Since then we have installed all these modern features and built a new kitchen and a sanitary room. We have also built a furnace house combined with a greenhouse, a typical permaculture feature! Sice the summer of 2017 we have together with our wonderful workawayers created two big kitchen gardens and 4 garden ponds, among a lot of other things.
Our family consists of three people. That is me, Ylva, my husband Johan and our daughter Siri. I have a Permaculture Design Certificate from Geoff Lawton and I am an old teacher. I also hold lectures and workshops about permaculture all over Sweden. We as a family has written, illustrated and published the first book about Permaculture in Swedish for Nordic conditions. This has led to people coming for courses about permaculture here.
Johan and I are working full time . Siri studies at the University of Gothenburg when she is not illustrating our books. She also has a PDC from Geoff Lawton. We have one Saluki dog, she works by running as fast as she can along the gravel roads around us. She also keep deer and moose away from the garden closest to the house, just by her sent. Two cats are keeping the mouse population in a manageable size. Together we all strive to create a higher grade of resilience in our lives. Maybe you could to?
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
If you wish to, you will learn a lot about resourse depleetion, peak oil and first and foremost Permaculture and the soil food web! And over the years you migth become one of our reoccuring gests and friends of the family and come back to celebrate the New Years Eve in the darkness of the Swedish winter, by the fire in the old brewing house.
We are looking forward to get to know you all!
We generally need help to implement our permaculture design on our property, that could include woodwork and grawel showeling apart from pure garden shores.
Since you effectively become a part of our extended family when staying here, you also need to be prepared to help out with household chores like, cleaning floors and doing the dishes after meals :)
You also need to master English at a reasonable level, we expect you to be able to take active part of the ever ongoing discussions around the kitchen table, and for that we all need to share a common language - in our case that is English. We cannot stress this enough, without means of communication, we are totally lost ...
If you come to work with us, you will at least learn a little something about how to plan for a permanent existence on this planet of ours. We will talk a lot about soil, how to team up with living systems to get a sustainable yield, how to use biological resources, the importance of a good compost and how to think outside – no box required.
We do really live in the middle of nowhere in the midst of a forest. Our nearest neighbor is 1.6 km away.
There are no communications what so ever. You can borrow our bicycles if you want to take a look around. We go to Floby, 12 km away, almost every day and can take you there if you want to take a train somewhere else.
You will have a bed in a small timber house, a cabin, close to the old barn. You need to be comfortable sharing the cabin with other workawayers of both sexes.
There is an optic fiber connection in the main house and a hub for a network cable in the cabin and WIFI soon enough
We eat every meal together in the kitchen in the main house. We are eager talkers and love to have a good conversation around the kitchen table so it is a good thing not to be shy in our household. We will treat you like a member of our family come rain come shine.
We are sorry to say that we cannot feed vegans properly since we live solely of what our latitude and time of the year, can produce. There are things a human body need that do not grow here, and we can’t afford to buy extra, imported food for vegan workawayers. Vegetarians that eat dairy is not a problem at all!
The farm is situated by its own in the middle of a forest, but if you want to spend some time out of our property, we could take you to the nearest village Floby. It is approximately 12 km to the railway station in Floby. From there you can reach Sweden’s two biggest city’s, Stockholm and Gothenburg within 3 and 1 hour. The very small village of Trävattna is 4 km away and there you can see the rich birdlife of the river Lidan.
We have a reasonably firm schedule at the farm, first breakfast at 7.30, second breakfast 10.00, lunch 14.00 and a light evening meal at 18.00. We also take smaller breaks during the day when we are working on different projects. Never underestimate the power of the Swedish Fika! :) We also have a longer break after lunch.
We decide your working ours in close cooperation with you. Sometimes it is better to work longer days for a while and then have a couple of more days free to make an excursion or just relax and do nothing.
We will be very grateful for everything you can help us with here and you will be most welcome!
We also need to tell you that we for technical reasons cannot insure you when you are here s and that you therefore need to see to your insurance situation yourself when you travel to Sweden. If you come from within EU there is an insurance card you can get from your authorities.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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