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Please read the information given in the listing thoroughly as it describes the chores, accommodation and the general set up on the farm.
We are a family of four with multiple furry companions. It's me, my husband and our two children, 9 and 7 years old and our two mischievous cats.
We have a small scale farm homestead and currently have about 50 chickens, some turkeys and quails, two rabbits, three cows of the breed Dexter - an Irish heritage breed and the smallest European cow breed; pigs of the breed Linderöd - Sweden's only heritage breed of pigs. Both the Dexter's and the Linderöd's are hardy breeds suited for living outside year around. We also have bees.
Apart from the farm we also have normal full time jobs as well as activities for the kids and commitments in associations for both the island and development of the Archipelago as a whole. So, we have a busy schedule! :-D
Four years ago we bought a neglected farm on an island in Stockholm archipelago with the aim to make it our livelihood. We want to build a small-scale permaculture inspired organic farm, where our vision is to live a sustainable lifestyle with less stress and more quality of life.
To be able to live off the farm we want to start a farm store for the farm’s products, both from the animals, the gardens and the orchard. The farm store would preferably have a kitchen for taking care of the different produce from the farm, such as dairy products from the goats’ milk, jams from the berries, apple cider from the apples and of course the honey from the bees, to name a few. We also want to build a stone oven, so we can bake sourdough breads and pizzas/tarté flambées.
In addition to the daily care taking of the animal on the farm, our focus right now is to give the farm a ton of TLC in order to bring it back to its old glory. After more than 40 years of no maintenance, there's a few things that needs done, to say the least. And it’s turned out to be a greater undertaking than we expected. So, we desperately and gratefully need all the help we can get! All the buildings need some major renovations in order to make them functional again. We are also planning on installing solar panels for our energy needs and want to build an system for our water supply, including saving rainwater.
WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR
We need help with everything on the farm! Let us know what you are good at or what you would like to learn more of and we'll try our best to both put your skills to use as well as accommodate your wishes. In exchange for your help you get food and accommodation as well as a beautiful area to explore.
As most of the chores are performed independently you must be comfortable working alone. Though, as we sometimes work together you must also be able to function in a team setting. It's all about communication and adapting to each other. Specially when you also live closely together with others, though in separate rooms unless you're friends/couples.
WINTER ON THE ISLAND
Are you willing to get out of your comfort zone and live through our winter reality?
Winters in the archipelago can be harsh with storms, power outages and logistical difficulties. But it can also be extremely beautiful with snow covered islands and sea with few human traces and encounters. The vacationers and tourists are gone, though they're missing out on a different beauty than the summer can bring. Nature at it's best.
Our houses aren't winterized - meaning they aren't very well insulated. Since electricity is so expensive we only heat with wood from our own forest. Keeping a fire going takes effort and waking up in the morning when the fire is out and the house is cold definitely makes you want to stay in bed a little longer. Getting out of bed means putting on layers and layers of warm clothing. And animals still need cared for and work still needs done. Though working physically is probably the best way of keeping warm.
The houses were built in the beginning of the 1900's and was back then also a working farm where the farmers went into Stockholm to sell their produce and fish. They made it. So can we. Islanders are known to be hardy. Are you? ;-)
The 2022 season is coming to an end but we’ve already started planning for the 2023 season.
* turn the garden shed into a guesthouse
- gut the building down to its frame
- rebuild into guesthouse
* renovate a wagon into guest lodging
- gut the interior
- rebuild with guest accommodation
* build a mobile sauna
- build a small sauna on-top of a trailer
Aide avec des éco-projets
Bricolage et projets de construction
S’occuper des animaux
Aide dans une ferme
Baby-sitting et jeux créatifs
Cuisine/repas pour la famille
Aide à la maison
Aide informatique / avec Internet
We have a bilingual household, where both Swedish and English is spoken. We welcome all nationalities for mutual cultural and language exchanges. Both my husband and I have travelled a lot, though never through Workaway. We have now landed on our plot of land, which we want to be able to share with others. We are hoping for a mutually beneficial, interesting and enjoyable time.
People who get the most from their time with us tend to have a community mindset, a “get it done” attitude, are self-starting, communicative, teachable, positive solutions focused, reliable and take responsibility for what they are managing. We offer a hands-on experience and will do our best for your to enjoy your stay with us. Though; tasks on a homestead/farm isn’t always fun and it can be both dirty and smelly. All types of tasks still need to get done. In all types of weather.
At dinner we enjoy sitting around discussing ideas and concepts, eating good food and maybe learn something or teach someone else something that makes a difference in this world. We also love board games. We enjoy being outdoors, cooking and eating and entertaining friends and family.
If there is anything you want us to show you or teach you then just let us know and we will do our best to share our knowledge.
Ce projet peut impliquer des enfants. Pour en savoir plus, consultez nos directives et conseils ici.
Examples of what we are working on and need help with:
Care taking of the animals; feeding, cleaning, petting. Clearing and cleaning of the buildings. Renovating the buildings. Clearing of the woods, beam making from logs and wood splitting. Painting; both indoors and outdoors. Gardening; sowing, weeding, harvesting. Pruning the old fruit trees and planting new ones. Clearing and repairing paths. Preparing of planting areas. Care taking of the children; play games, prepare snacks, go swimming, go fishing, read books. Build tiny houses, fences and porches. Set up a recyclable station. Beekeeping; hive inspections and honey harvesting. General cleaning of debris on the premises left by previous owners/generations. Rarely any housekeeping, but it might happen. You name it!
Normally the work would be performed daytime throughout the week on a schedule. Sometimes work during other times might be asked and this will then be planned accordingly and properly communicated.
Tasks are performed regardless of weather and farm work can be hard, dirty, heavy and/or smelly. But it can also be rewarding and interesting.
We will provide gloves, but you will need to bring your own work clothes and shoes. There may be some to borrow, but it depends on your size.
Cet hôte propose un échange linguistique
Cet hôte a indiqué qu’il souhaitait faire partager sa propre langue ou en apprendre une nouvelle.
Contactez-le pour en savoir plus.
Accommodation will be provided in one of the cottages. The cottage is over 100 years old and we have not gotten around to renovate it yet, so the cottage is BASIC with a standard that would be considered lower than normal.
There's one bedroom with a double bed as well as one single bed or two smaller kids beds, suitable for a couple or family. And there is one bedroom with two single beds. We can also accommodate families with children. The common areas are the kitchen, living room and the glass porch. We will provide bedding and towels.
There is cold running water in the kitchen, but no septic. The kitchen has a fridge, a small stove and a water pot. Due to the electricity not being totally upgraded some things can't be used at the same time. There is no toilet or shower indoors. There is an outhouse close to the cottage for toilet visits and an outdoor bucket shower. On warm days the sea is just a few minutes walk away for swimming.
We also have a separate small cabin with a sofa bed. The cabin does not have electricity or running water, but its own outhouse. It would be considered “a bedroom “. The shared areas of the cottage are available for cooking and hanging out.
As there might be multiple people living in the cottages, it's important to keep things neat and not "spread out" too much other than in your room. Cleaning up after cooking and eating should be done as soon as possible.
We also have a small overnight apartment in Täby, near Stockholm, where we sometimes also need help. Here the bedroom would be shared with the kids. It's can also possible to stay here on days off.
Breakfast and lunch are eaten independently, but dinners will mostly be eaten together and the preparing, cooking and cleaning up will be shared on a rotational schedule; meaning one to two times per week depending on how many people we are on the farm. On days off you will not be on the cooking schedule and you can of course always opt out of the shared meals the evenings you're not cooking.
We will provide a stocked fridge, pantry and freezers as well as hopefully a full garden when in season, so you are free to cook and bake whatever you wish from the ingredients available. The meat we eat is, as far as possible, from the homestead. Sweden has excellent water, so the tap water is drinkable. We normally don't provide sweets/treats or snacks between meals other than the occasional "fika" nor do we provide drinks such as sodas or alcoholic beverages other than perhaps on special occasions. If you would like these foods or drinks, you will need to supply them yourself.
There are no stores on the island and we only do grocery pick ups about every two weeks and therefore meal planning is important. As we believe in trying not to waste food and limit extra trips for single ingredients, we try to use what is available as well as what's in season. With that said we probably have enough food for 3 months, so there's no shortage of meal options.
We eat a diet containing meat, dairy, farm fresh eggs, vegetables and whole foods. So we try to cook balanced meals. We also eat breads and cakes that we bake and other ingredients with gluten. With that said, most dietary requirements can still be fulfilled with proper notice and planning as long as you are comfortable with others maybe not sharing your specific reasons for eating what you eat or that the meals cooked might not be in accordance with your specific diet.
We also try to make time for "fika", which is often translated as "a coffee and cake break", which kind of is correct, though it really is much more than that. "Fika" is a concept, a state of mind, an attitude and an important part of Swedish culture. Many Swedes consider that it is almost essential to make time for fika every day. It means making time for family, friends and/or colleagues to share a cup of coffee (or tea) and a little something to eat along with conversations.
During the high season the ferries run on a daily basis, but there's also possibilities of hitching a ride with either myself and my husband as we both also normally work outside of the farm. As "normal" is different now, we currently mostly work from home, so be aware that specially in the low season (outside of mid-June to mid-August), there are very limited possibilities to get off the island.
The area we live in has a lot to see and do. On your time off you can go island hopping, visit Stockholm or Uppsala with all their tourist attractions or for a night out.
Accès Internet limité
Nous avons des animaux
Nous sommes fumeurs
We have excellent fiber connection.
We are animal lovers and can accept all animals that will not in any way harm the other animals, humans or property.
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5 hours of help per day, 5 days a week, but flexible for more days off.
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