We are a couple in our late 50'ties / early 60'ties running a small organic farm in Ulefoss, Telemark. We have about 40 sheep and the same amount of chicken, two cats and a dog. From May til October we have seven pigs in the old garden, and we also have beehives.
We moved to this farm four years ago, so we still have a lot of projects going on. I am a nurse working weekends, and my husband is a carpenter. We have a small vegetable garden which really needs some love and attention. Last summer it was badly neglected...
The forrest we have I want to change from dense forrest with a lot of small trees and bushes into more like grazeland for the sheep.
I love being as self sufficient as possible, - picking berries in the forest, trading milk for eggs with the neighbours, using our own honey instead of sugar.
Bricolage et projets de construction
S’occuper des animaux
Aide dans une ferme
Cuisine/repas pour la famille
Aide à la maison
When you come here you will see how Norwegians live on a typical small farm. We try to make as much as possible from our vegetable-garden, and we conserve wild berrys during summer for the next year.
We love to discuss with people from other countries, and to learn how they live. We travelled a lot before we moved to the farm. Now we have to invite the world to come to us instead.
We need help with a lot! We have so many projects going on. I want to have a street-art painting on one of the walls of the barn. You see what I mean in the picture of the sun and flowers. It might be too cold for much outdoor painting right now, so I'll finish it next summer. I also need help in the vegetable garden, depending on when you come of course. I want to re-arrange some of the beds so everything is ready for next season.
We have a forrest that needs thinning and other forrest work. It would be nice if you can handle a chainsaw, otherwise Terje will teach you.
We still have some indoor painting to do on a rainy day. Also general maintenance and help in the house and in the garden. The whole house needs to be cleaned prpoerly, ceilings and everything. Anyone? :-)
In April and May we have the lambing. Very rewarding time, but also very intense. Then I need someone to cook dinner for us.
From June until September most of the sheep will be in the hills/ mountain about 2hrs drive from here. Now they are on the farm. We have started to fence in a big field for the sheep on my neighbours land, and need help to finish it.
We expect you to work 5 hours a day, 5 days a week.
Workawayers normally give a helping hand two or three hours in the morning and after a long lunch break another couple of hours in the afternoon.
You choose yourself how you spend your time, meaning that you can work more hours some days to have a long weekend of and go on a hike or something. Plenty of oportunities to go hiking or canoing if you want.
The help can be physically demanding as sometimes learning new skills is challenging. Please no dramaqueens, although they can be quite fun sometimes. :-)
We take good care of you but would also appreciate a hand with the daily chores like the dishes, sweeping up etc.
You may need to bring old clothes and strong shoes, but we might have some here to use if you need to.
We cannot cater for people who have special dietary requirements.
We have three spare bedrooms in the house, and soon one extra bathroom. Kitchen will be shared with us.
Our meals are not so regular, but we want to have at least dinner together. It would be very nice if you could cook something from your country once or twice a week, but no stress.
When it comes to other meals you are free to make and eat whatever you find in the house. Of course you clean what you have been using in the kitchen when you are finished.
We don't smoke, and will appreciate if you don't either. Having said that, you can smoke outside the house if you need to. We don't drink much, but we enjoy a glass or two of wine or beer when we play cards on the veranda. In winter we move inside and sit in front of the fireplace. We use almost only the woodburners in the house for heating, I really love the heat from them.
Ulefoss is a small place along the very famous canal of Telemark, Telemarkskanalen. It is said to be one of the most beautiful waterways in the world. When the canal was completed in 1892 it was called the eitght wonder. It connects the coast of Telemark with the inland through a number of locks. One can go there by one of the old passenger boats or rent a canoe and padle.
The nearest bigger places are Skien and Porsgrunn, with all facilities, about 30 min by car. Buses every hour. There are numerous hiking options in the aerea, everything from 5 minutes to as long as you could possibly want. About half a mile from our farmhouse we have a kind of really basic three-wall shelter with a fireplace. Very nice to stay overnight there.
We also have two bikes you can use whenever you like.
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