Help with self-sustainable vegetable garden and wth building projects in Børselv, Norway

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  • Description

    Description

    My name is Birgitta Josefsen and I live in Børselv, a tiny village in the far north of Norway (70 degrees north - 43 km north of Lakselv, along the Porsanger fjord). Before I retired a few years ago, I ran a health food store in Alta for 25 years. Here I have a large vegetable garden, as my wish and hope is to grow as much of my own food as possible with the conditions and climate we have here. The garden has been expanding and improving over the last 6 years. We have many grow boxes of different sizes and 2 greenhouses that help us grow over 30 kinds of vegetables. My husband is 10 years older than I and has had dementia the last 5 years. Last year he got a permanent place at the nursing home here n Børselv. I used to take him home for a few hours most every day where we also ate dinner together. Also try to take several long walks pr week. But this is impossible now with the corona raging. We have 2 cats, both male, one year apart in age. Both were found very young, losing their mothers too early. One long haired and one short haired... As for music, I prefer classical of all kinds.

    Børselv is surrounded by beautiful nature - easily accessible. The beautiful fjord, where we have picked "tons" of seaweed for the garden, the dolomite cliffs, a small canyon nearby, the northernmost pine forest in the world. Low mountains where it is relatively easy to climb up for a panoramic view of the area. Also a farm nearby where there are alpacas - and a llama, angora rabbits, and more... Plenty of light, with midnight sun from around the middle of May until the end of July. And mosquitoes! Summer temperatures can range anywhere from as low as 10 degrees C to as high as 30 degrees C or more (for a day or two or three). Probably the most common is between 12 - 20 degrees C. We don't usually have so much rain and rarely heavy downpours, but we often have light showers. The climate is unstable because we are so near the coast. April is usually the snow-melting month. May (and June?) is spring, and hopefully the snow is gone by then, but not always.

  • Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Jardinage
    Entretien général
    Aide informatique / avec Internet

  • Objectifs de développement durable de l’ONU que cet hôte essaie d'atteindre

    Objectifs de développement durable de l’ONU que cet hôte essaie d'atteindre

    Objectifs de l’ONU
    Pas de pauvreté
    Faim «zéro»
    Bonne santé et bien-être
    Éducation de qualité
    Égalité entre les sexes
    Eau propre et assainissement
    Énergie propre et d'un coût abordable
    Travail décent et croissance économique
    Industrie, innovation et infrastructure
    Inégalités réduites
    Villes et communautés durables
    Consommation et production responsables
    Mesures relatives à la lutte contre les changements climatiques
    Vie aquatique
    Vie terrestre
    Paix, justice et institutions efficaces
    Partenariats pour la réalisation des objectifs
  • Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Børselv is a tiny village with 3 cultures - Norwegian, Sami and Kven. Kven is probably the smallest minority in Norway, but here in little Børselv we have Kvensk Institute. Learn more about this interesting minority when you come! As for myself, I am born in Sweden, lived in Iceland for a couple of years before moving to North America when I was only 3 1/2 years old. Grown up and educated in Canada and USA, studying at a multi-cultural college in Massachusetts. Loved to travel when I was younger, and have visited both Australia and Singapore, also a few countries in Europe. My husband is a coastal Sami, having lived in this part of Norway all his life.

  • Aide

    Aide

    Gardening work in general - transplanting, weeding, watering, etc. And eventually harvesting! Clearing brush and small trees. Picking wild berries later in the season - cloud berries, blueberries, crowberries, lingonberries. This is too far north for fruit trees, but I have strawberries, raspberries, goose berries, red and black currants in the garden that also need to be picked when ripe. They aren't producing so much yet, but hopefully better for each year. Also getting wood cut for the winter.

  • Langues parlées

    Anglais: Courant
    Norwegian: Courant
    Swedish: Courant

  • Hébergement

    Hébergement

    A small guest room here at home with place for 2 (if you are good friends!). If necessary, I can also put up a folding bed with mattress elsewhere. One bathroom with toilet and shower. As for food, I am a vegetarian (vegan) - Whole Food Plant Based to be exact. This because of a condition I have (Polymyalgia Rheumatica). Helpers will not have to eat the same as me, but appreciate it if mostly vegetarian. Welcome to make your own food if you enjoy making it. No smoking, alcoholic beverages or drugs.

  • Autres infos...

    Autres infos...

    Visit Kvensk Institute, visit farm with alpacas, visit the small canyon, hike to get a panoramic view, walks along the beautiful Porsanger fjord. Can discuss available transport later.

  • Informations complémentaires

    Informations complémentaires

    • Accès Internet

    • Accès Internet limité

      Accès Internet limité

    • Nous avons des animaux

    • Nous sommes fumeurs

    • Familles bienvenues

  • Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Deux

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    Nombre d'heures attendues

    4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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