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We are Anders and Magdalena with our kids August 11 and Greta 9. We are creative family that left the city life behind 10 years ago, bought and old farm and started over. We have no idea of what we are doing but it seems to work.
"it will be fine" is what we live by.
Here we live the year around and run a popular organic cafe and a second hand/vintage furniture shop from late spring to mid autumn. Everything we serve at the cafe is grown at the farm, with fermented vegetables, sour dough bread freshly baked every day and so on. We don't take any shortcuts. We only have one acres of land that we try to utilise the best to our knowledge.
The rest of the year we work rebuilding the farm and spending time with the kids.
We do everything by ourselves and learned everything after we moved here and we do have an alternative, ecological and sustainable lifestyle which we feel we are obligated to.
You should have the same interest and ... food should also be very important for you.
One might say that we have an alternative lifestyle but thats not how we see it. We are the ones that are normal and the ones living the so called "normal" lifes are the alternative.
We live in an old traditional house from the southern part of Sweden from the end of the 18th century and build/repair everything on the farm with recycled/repurposed wood.
We also have a micro art center for contemporary art. A shipping container out in the field which shows video art. Because Anders worked with videoart and as a curator for 25 years and Magdalena with slow fashion, the aesthetics is also important in everything we create.
We where awarded "best cafe" in the south of Sweden 2018 so a lot of visitors find their way out in the bush in the summer. But thanks to this wonderful thing with volunteers we manage. We meet so many great people some don't wanna go home so they stay for months!
This year will be our third as hosts on workaway and loved it so the whole family is looking forward to welcome you to our little place on earth in 2020.
READ! We only accept volunteers from spring to autumn. It depends on how long the winter is but March/April is spring up here. And then until October.
Also. We prefer 20+ age and with some working experience.
Many people inquire about volunteering with us, and we really appreciate all of the interest. It's not possible to accept everyone who applies to be a volunteer. Please write an application directed to us after you have read the information. The bulk mail applications is not something we like.
You must have a valid visa for a stay in Sweden since we cannot assist you in getting one.
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
You will learn about Sweden and Swedish country living and we hope to learn about you, where you come from and your culture. Eco farming, baking, fermenting, beekeeping, building, gardening and everything else we can share.
We are both very driven and have had several businesses before and got lots of experience to share.
We follow Workaway rules and expect 5 hours, 5 days a week. Since we have most visitors at the weekends we prefer our volunteers to work weekends and be free a couple of weekdays but it's not mandatory.
We seek people with working experience. If you have a trade thats a big plus.
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In 2020 we are preparing the soil and planting 50 wine grape plants to see if we can get a descent wine here in the south of Sweden. We are also building a sauna and pizza oven outside so a few extra hands with that would be nice. Anders also found an old circus wagon that we wanna turn into a B&B this year.
The ideal volunteers would be open-minded, self-motivated, tidy, mature, independent and at least 20 years or older.
+ be interested in food.
We live in the countryside so... there are insects, if you don't like this, then maybe this is not the right place for you. It's a dirty job and there is no way you will stay clean.
The accommodation is in a renovated old stable with outdoor shower (hot) and outdoor dry toilet.
In the spring when it's colder we have a caravan as an option. There is also a separate kitchen area and space in the cafe when closed for eating and just hanging around.
You will have to share the accommodation with others.
We always try to plan so here is always at least 2 volunteers at the same time but from end of June to July-August you will be four so you will never be alone if you don't want to. We try to spend as much time with you as possible but It's not always possible so please be prepared to spend some time yourself out of the working hours. We have small kids and the limited time we have with them after school before bed is sacred. We do go together all of us on some activities and try to show the surrounding areas and here is bicycles for your use.
It's a simple living for sure close to the field and when you step out you step on grass. You take your showers (hot water) outside in the open air. We live in the countryside so... . Just so you know what you get into.
We have cats and they will for sure bother you for love so any allergy or cat phobia is not working here.
We have internet but limited since we pay by megabyte. You will be able to check emails, order tickets and such things but not streaming music or films.
We are conscious eaters and mostly eat vegetarian food but meat from time to time.
Be prepared to cook for yourself most of the times. By this we mean real cooking and not heating up prefab food.
We will keep your pantry full with the basics and then what the garden gives and that is depending on the season we are in. You will never be hungry. There is also ingredients for baking and such.
We don't provide meat for your own meals (sometimes yes) and we cannot provide a full vegan diet so that extra you have to provide yourself.
Most important is to bring good working clothes and shoes.
You have to know that this is a rural area which means that you have to be able entertain yourself the rest of the time. We have bikes you can borrow and the nature here is quite spectacular and there is also another small village close by with a small shop, thai food restaurant and cafe.
The bigger village "Hörby" is 10 minutes by bus and there is supermarkets and everything you need if you wanna be a happy consumer.
Lund is the closest biggest city and one of Sweden oldest, founded in 1666. Enjoy exploring the old town, the beautiful Lund Cathedral and close to that is the Kulturen open-air museum which has replicas of buildings from medieval times to the 20th century.
There is busses that can take you all around the southern parts of Skåne. We have workawayers before that took the bus and spent the free days in Lund and Malmö and that takes approx 90 minutes from our village by bus.
The farm is located one hour from Malmö, Swedens third largest city and another half hour from Copenhagen, the capitol of Denmark. Copenhagen is also the closest international airport. There is a direct train from the airport to a village 20 minutes from us. There is a bus stop in our village 100 metres from the farm that will take you to Hörby the bigger village where one can shop. Thats a 10 minute ride and from there the bus to Malmö, Lund and Kristianstad leaves as well. The FLIX bus also recently started operate from Hörby.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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