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Altersbruk (Pitea)
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): around 100
Persons: max 3 depend of time
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 618
Country: Sweden

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Last Updated: October 6, 2017

Organic Status: since 1975 ecological (organic-biological).


Very welcome to us. This is a part of the North. In summer - no darkness - no nights - just a very friendly mild sun shining all the time. In summer we do not sleep. (Well we do - a little or much if we are tired). Just enjoy what nature can give. In coldest winter - not so much sun - only ghost-light from millions of stars and the moon and northern-lights - the aurora which moves over the sky in curtains of colors.

When we have helpers here - we see it as an advantage to have two volunteers during the same period. We usually can not accommodate more than two helpers at the same time. But sometimes there are three and sometimes only one.

In June and later mostly gardening. But it is always everything else also.

Now we have two "guest-houses". One is new built and the other one we usually have for helpers. One is for tourists. They book the house through airbnb, where you also can check it.

Farming is no good anymore. Just industrial farms will go on. And for surviving here it is maybe a possible way to rent out rooms and houses. In another house I am building three rooms. Not ready.

We are trying to live and have our farming as it is sustainable and rugged. It is ecological (organic) and we try to treat animals and nature in an ethical dignity. We try to have an ethical, humane and humanistic relationship with the people who deserve it.

We are a couple and our children are grown up and moved to other places on this earth. Most of the farm job, type forest, animals, building is done by me, Anders.

We live in the northern part of the planet Earth. All our work is therefore adapted to nature, and we follow the rhythm of nature as much as possible. This means that during the winter period, which is about six months long, are working days rather short. It is difficult to perform meaningful work unless you have the special skills that we need at the time. It's dark, it's cold and it's a lot of snow.

We have normally no spring. Summer is two months and the autumn three to four months. This means that we have to work very much if not the weather makes it impossible for work. In summer, the sun is up day and night. It never gets dark. The working time during the most intense time can therefore be very long. But most of the time we do not do much after dinner.

What is not done when it is possible to do it you have to wait for the next year. If it is not intensive we do other things than just work.

Nature's rhythm and weather characterizes the culture that we are living in.

It is best to be here about three weeks. A shorter period does not give you much knowledge and us not much help either. Even three weeks give you just information about what is going on that period. Longer time is possible but the chances are that you will be tired of the intense work.

Our food is, if possible, and mostly organic and depending on the season also grown by us here.

We try to leave as little footprint and bad problem to future generations as we can. We are still not particularly extreme in that regard.

The electricity we consume comes from wind power to 100%. We have a ten-year contract with a wind energy company.

From the summer of 2015 we produce solar(sun)-electricity. And from Mars this year we have more solar-panels.

We use some contents of bio-diesel for tractor, loader and cars. From the summer of 2017 we will rent an electrical car.

More info?

Ok.

From late November to April or May we heat up the house and garage and hot water with wood. We consume about 100 cubic meters of wood each year. To chop and haul wood home and cut and split it in the right sizes is a cornerstone of life here. We take trees from our own forest. The birch is dried for two years before it can be used.

We can use summer solar heat. The sun shines during the summer period of the soil. Soil warms up a few degrees to a depth of one meter. The heat pumps up through a tubing system that is 1200 meters long. The hose is about 80 centimeters deep. When the snow has fallen on the soil it acts as insulation of the highest quality. It is an alcoholic liquid which is pumped through the hose, and a heat inverter converts to heat. It costs 1 kW electrical energy and at most you get back 4 kW power. The heat taken up does not affect the soil in any way.

Currently, we estimate that heat the house with wood is three times as cheap as using solar earth heat.

We have our own water source that runs up to 63 meters deep. The water is extremely soft. The hardness is less 1A dH. Medium hard water having a hardness level of 5-10A dH. It is important to know the hardness of the water in which one lives. Our water therefore requires only half as much tea, coffee powder, shampoo or detergent in places where you have hard water.

Our toilets and showers can only be used for what they are intended. The fluid infiltrated into the soil and energy recovery. The solid material is spread in the autumn on the field. The toilets are a type of computerized bidet.

A bit more info if you are interested?

Ok.
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The coming periods, we focus on completing the surroundings of the houses. There is a lot of construction work to be performed, but also normal chores like gardening, cutting firewood, household chores and keep the fences in order so the animals do not escape.

If you ask, we will give course all the knowledge we possess. Whatever it applies to anything. Your stay here will be a kind of family member. The same demands on you as on ourselves.

Here are our main rules.
If work permits work, we work. But body must rest sometimes.

During the summer period there is no scheduled free time. Seeds must be planted, weeds must be eliminated, berries must be picked, the harvest must be addressed, firewood must be cut, houses must be painted, buildings must be finished inside as well as outside. The animals must be cared for. These are tasks that must be performed, and you can not wait to do the next day. We must follow the climate and nature. Some days can be very long. Everything is very intense here. The sun never sets. No dawn. No dusk.

It is possible to listen to the silence and see the northern lights flicker by. Northern lights are only possible to watch during the dark period of the year.

Vegetables and berries picked just for our own and friends' household. In the river, you can catch fish which you then eat. The animals are out year round and during the winter they are just in the woods.

We have no ability to pay money for help from wwoofers or helpers.

This is a meat-eating region. This is the north. This is an arctic region. Vegetables we eat much of the fall. Otherwise the meat a big part of our diet. We eat our animals and our animals eat only what their species has been developed. If you are vegan or vegetarian so there is no point asking whether to come here. The same if you want rest and relaxation. Smoking is not something that can be done on the farm or in the surrounding area.

Some of our forest is very unique. We have animals in the woods so they can eat the plants of the forest's ecological systems. In Sweden it is called skogsbete; forest pasture. It only existed in Sweden. Never in Europe during the last 1000 years. The forest is classified as forest grazing by the Swedish authorities. The method, which is the only existing sustainable agricultural production methods compatible, ended Swedish farmers in the late 1930's. However, there are scattered pockets of forest pasture left in Sweden. Our place is the only northern location on this planet. In principle, all other farms in the form of humans with different methods eating up the living creature that we commonly call soil.

My (Anders) work in agriculture and forestry has hurt both my shoulders hard. Periodically, I have a lot of pain and can not work as when I was young. One shaft is also operated and has replaced the pin with a titanium ball and drilled into a titanium rod into the bone. However, this is only marginally reduced pain and improved the utility of the shaft.

Info about wild animals here if you like:

In the forests around it are the lynx, deer, beavers, bears and elks,foxes, ravens, owls, hawks, eagles and many animals are wild.

The British English word "elk" has cognates in other Indo-European languages, for example elg inDanish / Norwegian; elk in English; Elch Ingerman, and Redeem Polish (Latin Alce or Alces. Alke are probably Germanic loanwords). Confusingly, the word "elk" is distressed in North America to refer to a different animal, the elk (or, less Commonly, the "wapiti", Cervus canadensis), Which is a similar though slightly smaller species (the second-largest deer species) and behaviorally and genetically divergent from the smaller red deer of central and western Europe. Presumably, early European explorers in North America called this species "elk" due to its size and, as people coming from the British Isles, They would have had no opportunity to see the difference between a member of the genus Cervus and an animal fitting the description of Alces back in Europe, absent there During the 17th and 18th centuries.

The word "moose" first Entered English village in 1606, and is Borrowed from Algonquian languages (compare the Narragansett moos and Eastern Abenaki mos, According To early sources, These were most likely derived from moosu, meaning "he strips off"), and possibly Involved forms from multiple languages. Mutually Reinforcing one another. The Proto-Algonquian form was * mo swa.

Cleaning and maintaining houses and cooking are things that must always be done regardless of the season. Both daily and weekly basis.

We have always had insurance for those who come and help us if an accident should occur. This insurance applies regardless of where you come from. If you are from an EU country such as the European Union acquis. But it is a good idea to have your own insurance.

It is you who is responsible for asking about everything you can not. Question five times better than none at all if you are unsure. Tractors, cars, machines, tools, buildings, animals, etc., can be dangerous if you do not deal with them properly. And expensive damage to equipment may occur if the hand marine errors. So ask one more time and you never have accomplished the task, ask again so you understand.

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