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Sipoo
All Year: April-November
Area (ha): 20
Persons: Up to 5 depending
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 55431
Country: Finland

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Last Updated: February 16, 2018

Commercial
Communal Living Group, Community farm, Farm, Mixed Farm, Woodlot
Area of my property: 20.00 hectares
Certified Organic: yes
Methodologies:
Bio-Dynamic, Composting, Crop rotation, Ecological farming, Grazing Management, Green manure, Low Stress Cattle Handling, Pasture Management, Without chemicals or pesticides
Practices:
bread making, feed production, fermentation of foods, forestry, gardens, vegetable, grains, grains - ancient, greenhouse, hay or field crops, internships, machine & equipment mechanics, self-sufficiency
Animals:
cats, chickens, cows - milk
Products made:
bakery, bread, bread, sourdough, egg production, lumber, preserves, stone milled flour, teas
Majvik is a versatile biodynamic farm community in Sipoo right next to Helsinki. We cultivate vegetables (potatoes, carrots, parsnip, onions, beetroot, cabbages etc.), berries, apples, flowers, herbs and cereals on our fields the size of 20ha. We have a DIY greenhouse for tomatoes and cucumbers and we have also some cows and chickens for which we cultivate fodder. Cows have some grazing land and there is a self-service organic shop at the farm. Majvik has a long history with biodynamic farming. The previous farmers cultivated the land for 30 years and were pioneers of Finnish biodynamic farming. The current farmer couple has now cultivated in Majvik for 5 years and they follow the same principles. Life in Majvik is peaceful and communal. There are always customers, educational- and greencare-groups stopping by and at noon we gather to eat together in the big kitchen by the cow house. We cater mostly organic vegetarian food. There is also a lot of beautiful nature around the farm, itís really close to the shore of the Baltic Sea, there is an old forest and bed rock outcrops surrounding the fields and if youíre lucky youíll meet a moose or deer family on the way to the fields. Everything in Majvik is produced biodynamically, which means organic farming with close attention paid to the cycles of the surrounding nature. We use biodynamic preparations and follow the biodynamic sowing calendar. Itís also of great importance that our farming is self-sufficient, for example, we produce our own fertilizers. Most of our work is done by hand but we do use some old machinery. For wwooffers we offer garden work (sowing, planting, weeding, harvesting, etc.) and some work with construction and animals. We offer versatile learning possibilities on biodynamic farming and we favour wwooffers who have genuine interest in biodynamic farming. As we don't speak other world languages, we expect average english skills from our wwooffers. We work Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm and we have an hour long lunch break at noon. We accommodate from April to November 4-5 wwooffers at the same time and the minimum stay is 2 weeks. The accommodation is in small wooden cabins. The cow house kitchen is reserved for wwooffers and other workers. Our toilets are outhouses and in the warm parts of year the showering premises are outdoors. We have lots of work- and rain-clothes, so you donít need to bring any of those yourselves. For your free time there is swimming and fishing possibilities nearby and we also have an old wooden sauna, which is normally warmed once a week. You can also go biking around with one of the farm bikes and there is 10min walk to a bus stop from where itís a 20min ride to Helsinki, so the possibilities are almost endless. More pictures and recent activities on our Facebook page: Majvik- Biodynaaminen maatila

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