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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: July 14, 2019

Hello. Maybe we have possibility ta have helpers here ending of July and In August. At that period we will need help.

Mostly we need help with planting, weeding and painting, fencing and some building projects and other small things on a small farm like ours.

Organic Status: since 1975 ecological (organicbiological).

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. Just enjoy what nature can give. In coldest winter not so much sun only ghostlight 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.

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 are a couple and our children are grown up and moved to other places on this earth.

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 or just some days. 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.

It is best to be here about three weeks. A shorter period does not give you much knowledge and us not much help either.

Our food is, if possible, and mostly ecological/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.

From the summer of 2015 we produce solar(sun)electricity. And we have the experience of having an electrical car for two years in this climate.


More info? Just some specialized info. Not so important to read.

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 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 510A 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.

A bit more info if you are interested?

Ok.

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.

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 it is not possible to wait to do the next day. We must follow the climate and nature. Some days can be very long. Everything is very intense here. But we rest and enjoy sun and everything when we want. When it is too hot we go swimming in the near bathing-place.

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, we can catch fish which we then can 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. If you are vegan or vegetarian there can be problem if you need specialized food. It depends what we have stored and season fr vegetables. 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.

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.


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. To ask questions five times is 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.

reviews (15)
Helper: Alexandra and Daniil Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Russia Date: August 12, 2017
Anders and Karin, thank you a lot for these almost two months on your amazing... view complete review

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From: Mongolia Date: July 11, 2016
We've stayed for a bit more than two weeks on the farm as our very first help... view complete review

Helper: Malte Gentz Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: May 28, 2016
I stayed with Anders and Karin for one month and really enjoyed it. Anders wa... view complete review

Helper: Camille Brossard Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: October 29, 2015
I stayed at Karin and Anders farm during three weeks in June 2015. It was my... view complete review

Helper: Camille Brossard Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: October 29, 2015
I stayed at Karin and Anders farm during three weeks in June 2015. It was my... view complete review

Helper: Kim and Gregoire Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: September 21, 2015
It was a first helpx/woofing experience for the both of us and it was very go... view complete review

Helper: Samuel Lindskog Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Sweden Date: July 17, 2015
I stayed with Anders and Karin during one month in the summer of 2015. It was... view complete review

Helper: Jo Abrahamsen Skjret Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Norway Date: May 15, 2013
I had a very memorable first helpx experience at the farm with Anders and Kar... view complete review

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From: France Date: January 20, 2013
We've been working for a few days in november at Anders and Karin's place and... view complete review

Helper: Calum Mayer Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: October 30, 2011
I stayed with Anders and his family for 2 weeks this summer. It was a fantast... view complete review

Helper: Jelle and Marie Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Belgium Date: November 4, 2010
Anders is a farmer with a lot of experiences. We learned all kind of things f... view complete review

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From: Australia Date: March 26, 2010
I stayed with Anders and Korin for one week in early feb. It is a very cold t... view complete review

Helper: Sabine Fliegen Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Germany Date: September 4, 2007
It was really really great! Anders is a great guy with a very nice family and... view complete review

Helper: Duncan Rickelton Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United Kingdom Date: July 27, 2007
Really enjoyed my stay with Anders and his family. They are interesting peopl... view complete review

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