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*** UPDATE August 2022 ***
We need workawayers for September and October
We, Olav and Rebecca (both 41), run Heljetunet (pronounced Hel-yeh-too-neh), a
small farm in Hardanger, Norway. We also get some help from Olav’s parents (Kirstin
and Helge), especially when Olav is away at sea. Olav’s shift pattern is two weeks
away and then two weeks at home on the farm. Olav’s two eldest sons also help out
on some weekends. We are a big family with four children so far: Bork (14), Mirren
(11), Eirik Olai (10), Linden (6) plus two twin girls on the way (due in time for the
apple harvest 2022!). Olav is Norwegian and Rebecca is British. Rebecca’s role on
the farm is to first and foremost take care of the children, but she also assists with
light farmwork and running things whilst Olav is away.
We raise sheep and grow three varieties of organic apples on the farm. The farm is
situated with a view of the Hardangerfjord and Folgefonna glacier to the south, and
often snow-capped mountains to the north. The farm is quite central in Øystese: a
small town popular with tourists. A 10 minute walk takes you right into the centre
where there are shops, a beach, restaurants and a swimming pool plus other
amenities. It takes an hour and a half to get from Øystese to Bergen in the west by
bus, and the same amount of time to Voss in the east. The surrounding mountains
are ideal for skiing and hiking.
We grow our apples organically and our sheep are almost exclusively grass-fed,
grazing on the high mountain pastures during the summer months. Our vision for the
farm includes improving and building the soil using regenerative techniques such as
biochar, cover crops, composting and holistic grazing management. We keep the use
of pesticides, herbicides and synthetic fertilizers to a bare minimum that complies
with organic standards. Producing excellent, sustainable food, fibre and fuel whilst
maintaining and improving biodiversity are important values to us. We produce high
quality apple juice, apples and sheepskins, and are self-sufficient in lamb and mutton. We want to create a kitchen garden to be self-sufficient in vegetables.
Práctica de idiomas
Ayuda en proyectos ecológicos
Proyectos de construcción y bricolaje
Cuidado de animales
Ayuda en una granja
Cuidado de niños y juegos creativos
Cocinar para toda la familia
Hardanger is Norway’s number one fruit-growing region, and a stay at our farm is a
chance to learn more about modern fruit-growing as well as regenerative
agriculture. Olav is a qualified orchard gardener and lifelong farmer. Heljetunet farm has been in his family since 1791. Rebecca is an ecologist and English and science teacher. She also has
significant experience with permaculture and vegetable growing, having previously
established and run Norway’s second permaculture LAND site, Seversgarden.
The surrounding mountain areas are perfect for hikes, and for skiing in the winter.
Øystese has an art museum and exhibition centre. There are sometimes concerts
and music festivals there too. We might have time show you around, but we are
mostly busy working both on and off the farm. Alternatively, we will happily
recommend places for you to go and will send you a little guide by email if you come
and stay with us.
We do like travelling, but right now the better option is letting the world come to us.
We look forward to sharing our Norwegian (farming) culture with you, and also to
learn things about you and your culture.
If you enjoy reading, we have heaps of books on subjects like self-sufficiency,
gardening, farming and food preservation. Or sci-fi, if that's your cup of tea.
En este proyecto podría haber niños. Para obtener más información, consulta nuestras directrices y consejos aquí.
The apple orchards are fairly new (planted in 2018 and 2019) and need care
throughout the growing season. Tasks such as mowing, strimming around the trees
and fertilizing are common tasks. In the winter we prune the trees.
Feeding the sheep morning and evening is the most important task during the
winter. Lambing is in April, and we really need extra helping hands for that. From
May until October the sheep are out on the pastures. In May and then Sept-Oct time
they graze outdoors on pastures close to home; June through August they are up in
the mountains. This winter we will most likely do some work on the interior of the
sheep barn, and will need some help with that.
Winter activity on our farm includes forest tasks; clearing pastures and cutting and
chopping wood. It would be great if you have experience using a chainsaw and
driving a tractor, but not a necessity. Instructions and training will be given on all
We are also building a production room for juice and cider. If would be great if you
have skills as a carpenter or plumber, but general handiness and a good work ethic
goes a long way.
You will be expected to work five hours a day five days a week.
We have different options for accommodating you. The decision on where you stay,
however, will be ours!
A self-contained and recently refurbished cellar apartment with kitchen, brand new
bathroom (with underfloor heating, toilet, shower, sink, washing machine), living and
dining area and two bedrooms. Good WiFi and internet cable connection.
Garage loft with one separate bedroom. There is a living room with a sofa and a
desk, and two spare beds. Small fridge and possibilities for light cooking. There is no
water installed in the garage loft. Toilet and shower is in the basement of the main
farmhouse (separate to the self-contained cellar apartment). Good WiFi and internet
cable connection, and also a TV screen.
Mountain cabin about 4 km away from the farm. Situated by Lake Fitjadalsvatnet.
Only practical if you have a car or some other means of transportation. 3 big beds
there. Tap water and WC but no shower, so you need to go to the farm for that and
laundry. Gas stove for cooking and wood stove for heating. No electricity, no wifi.
Food and meals
You will mostly make your own food in the kitchen of the self-contained cellar
apartment of the farmhouse. This is regularly stocked with groceries, so it’s super
important you let us know of any particular dietary requirements! We also have food
stores in the cellar of the house which you will have access to; consisting of a cool
larder, freezers and refrigerators. These are stocked with basic supplies and dry
goods. Some days we will all eat together, particularly during the summer months
when we can eat outdoors. We try to regularly eat lunch with you when Olav is at
home. We provide you with necessary groceries, but please also try to make meals
based on what you can find in the food store.
We primarily look for couples and co-travellers because Olav works at sea in addition
to the farm, so you will often be alone on the farm with some supervision and help
from Rebecca and Olav’s parents. Access to a car could be a possibility if you have a
driver’s license of course.
We prefer longer workaway stays (at least three weeks, but preferably longer)
because Olav is at sea for two weeks at a time, but also to allow you to settle in to
the work routines and discover the local area.
Your working hours might not always be fixed. Sometimes your help will be most
needed in the evenings and weekends.
Acceso a Internet
Acceso a Internet limitado
Puede alojar familias
Good wifi available.
Room for an rv.
Más de dos
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
Son opciones de calificación adicionales para cuando los miembros dejan sus comentarios. Se muestra la calificación media dejada en cada opción.
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