Hi, Our family has lived on the farm since the 1700, Today my parents are living in the new house and we are living in the big house with my wife and 3 kids (5, 8 and 11 years old). We are a very small family farm in Jämtland, on the 63 latitude, so we have short summers and a long cold winter.
Both Linnea my wife and me are working outside the farm, Linnea as a Building engineer in the next municipal, Me as a Senior Tech at a IT company where i am monitoring, installing and configuring servers in datacenters all around the world from remote from the farm office we have.
I love to teach out that i know of farming, so if you have questions, i will try to answer you and increase your knowledge in farming. One of the main reasons you will come to us, should be to learn about farming. The 4 hours you work every day will be intensive and hard working.
To us you come to see and live the nature, Learning about eco farming on the latitude 63, learning about growing in greenhouses. Cultural exchanges around the dinner table.
We accept volunteers by the volunteer organizations WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) http://www.wwoof.se
Through wwoof and lloof we can also accept Erasmus+ students
An ordinary day looks like this:
7-8 Breakfast (Saturday & Sunday between 8-9)
7:55 (8:55 Saturday & Sunday) We go through the main tasks for the day.
8:00-9:45 Morning tasks and instructions for the rest of the day (Saturday & Sunday we start at 9)
9:45-10 Morning Coffee break (very important to take a fika, (Not Saturday & Sunday))
10-12 Continue to work mostly outside with the task i have given you.
12-13 Lunch break
13-17 Free time. Either you work more to have another day off, or maybe a walk in the mountains? We have cars that you can rent.
16:30 Whose who will cook dinner for the day, start cooking. (we expect you to cook at least one day a week for everybody)
When the hens want to sleep (20-ish, or then it's start to get dark) Evening tasks and closing up for the night. Takes usally 15 min. for 1 to 2 persons.
Ordinary tasks are:
watering plants, give chicken food and water, Collecting eggs, cleaning of the chicken coop, seeding plants, cleaning pots, orginising and fixing things, weeding of the fields, Building things, Cleaning the area, carrying stuff, Packing vegatables, cleaning vegatables, picking vegatables, Snow shuffling, cutting wood, painting and everything else what is needed to do in a farm.
We expect you to work 25 hours a week. You can work a full day to get another day free. On wednesdays and Sundays we need to have the orders packed for the deliverytruck who comes on Monday/Thursdays. So these days we have to pack until everything is packed and ready for deliviring.
Take note on how much you work, and then you have worked more than 25 hours a week, you take day off, Please inform me wich day you want to take as a free day in advance so i can plan ahead. If you will not show up for the dinner, please inform the one who do the dinner in advance so they can plan.
Both of us work outside the farm as well, so we cant always work together with you, Especially in winter time i am working from 10:00-17:00 at my other work in the IT. Sundays we go to church and the volunteers are always free to join.
We also expect you to keep your room tidy and helping out with the meals and kitchen duty. We expect you to cook dinner for everyone at least once a week. No smoking or alcohol is allowed.
You have to have a personal healthcare insurance if you get sick and need medical help in sweden. Like the European Health insurance card
Here you can find information about going to sweden swedenabroad.se and visitsweden.com
To have high quality in the farm we use some tools and documents for instructions that you need to follow. Please read the following document and have it signed when you arrive to us.
Hygianic rules for harvest.
You can also prepare yourself by reading the ”Living and learning on a organic farm guide” or you can also find study materials on the living and learning on arganic farms webpage. we can also accept Erasmus+ students through lloof and their courses. Please check it out.
We use the following apps to organizing the daily tasks, what you can download to your smartphone.
Microsoft To Do (Android, iPhone, Windows)
We have WiFi all over the farm and you will get the password for it when you arrive.
We have also a facebook group for the volunteers who have visited the farm please join it.
Cottage, 1 room, 2 beds, 15 square meter.
Big house, 1 room, 2 beds, 25 square meter.
Caravan, 4 beds. Only for summer.
We have two showers, One in the main house and one in the barn with a lower standard.
We have three toilets, One in the main house and one in the barn with a lower standard and one in the office
We might have extra beds if neccesary
Things to have with you
Good working clothes, what can be realy dirty, Rainboots to keep your feet dry during summer, and warm insulated boots in the winter. We have some extra but not in all sizes. We have working gloves in size 8,9, 10 if you have other size, it's good to bring.
A warm cap for your head, Summer can be realy windy and in the winter it's a must.
Personal health and cleaniness products like toothbrush, toothpaste, schampo, balsam and so on.
A good windtight jacket in the summer and a insulated one in the winter, what do not mind to get dirty.
Tips for exploring the area
Visit Åre http://visitare.se/
Åre Sweden https://aresweden.com/
Visit Östersund http://visitostersund.se/
Jämtland Härjedalen tourist https://jamtland.se
Visit Mountains http://www.visitfjallen.se/
Bydals Mountains http://www.bydalsfjallen.se/