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Nordkjosbotn
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 208
Persons: 6 winter/10 summer
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 81000
Country: Norway

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Last Updated: November 19, 2019

ENVIRONMENTAL AND ORGANIC PROJECT ON A MOUNTAIN AND A COASTAL FARM

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Update 2nd June 2019:
We have vacancies for several helpers right now due to cancellations at short notice. Singles, friends, groups, couples or families are welcome! :-)

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- Open to couples, families and individuals.

We purchased an old mountain valley farm (Skogmo gård) and moved here in December 2016. We also have another farm without buildings, located on the coast.

We aim to try various organic, environmental-friendly and innovative ways of operating a farm, and in time produce everything we need. The long-term goal is to be off the grid. Any idea might trigger activity. :-)

Our future activity list includes vegetables, fruits, berries, salads, oats/barley if we can get it to grow up here in the north, small animals, goats, birds, forestry, and a small farm store to get our produce out to the local market. We aim to utilize the farms' natural resources and only buy other material when necessary.

Now we are working hard to get Skogmo operational after many years of stillstand. 160 newborn goatlings were acquired spring 2017, and they now have their own goatlings and have started giving milk. We also have horses, chicken, cats and dogs, and plan on adding more kinds of animals and birds as time goes on.

Skogmo farm is located in a valley at the foot of the Lyngen Alps in North-Norway, with abundent opportunities for hiking, skiing and horsebackriding. Midnight Sun in the summer and Nothern Lights in the Fall and Winter. The city of Tromsø is an hours' drive away.

Sand farm is located on the coast at the Malangen Peninsula, and this is where we have strawberries and will produce most of our vegetables, since it is warmer and the season is longer than in the mountains.

Possible tasks:
1) Animal care, stables, barn
2) Demolition, construction & renovation, using new, recycled and natural materials.
3) Forestry work, firewood & woodchip production, building material production.
4) Household, including cooking and shopping
5) Vehicle & machinery service & repair
6) Collecting used & recycled materials from various locations.
7) Creating tourist attractions and set-up
8) Farm presentation material, including website

Generally, our visitors help around 5-6 hours a day five days a week. Sometimes all of us work on a project the whole day, or an extra day, which will then be balanced with extra days off.

Due to being in a critical phase of establishment where things have to happen within a given time, we welcome volunteers with at least some life experience and good personal routines, who understand and accept that building up a farm is hard work and involves physical efforts, and that everyone needs to clean up after themselves, put things back after use, and contribute to the team functioning well. This is not the right time for people with physical or psychological limitations or special dietary or other requirements, or who have never had to take care of themselves, to be here. You also need to have a good command of the English or Norwegian language in order to understand instructions and communicate well during teamwork.

Housing, food and work clothes will be provided, and we eat brunch and dinner together.

Internet is available, although somewhat slow for now. High-speed fiber internet is expected to be installed in the fall of 2018.

There is a non-smoking and non-tobacco policy on the entire farm area. If you smoke, please do not apply. Smoking outside or off the farm does not resolve this issue, it is absolute no smoking.

We do not consume alcohol, and would like you to refrain from it while on the farm. What you do in your time off the farm, is none of our concern, as long as you are sober while here.

Language-learning resources are available for you to use on your own.

We speak Norwegian, English and German. :-)

We trust our workers to keep track of their own time and coordianate their days off with the other volunteers, so that there is always enough people on duty to take care of the animals and tasks in a good way. Volunteers are in charge of making something out of the ample food we provide (cooking/baking/meals), keeping the household in order, clean their work clothes, boots, rooms and bedsheets and do their own laundry. When everyone contributes, this works very well and everyone's happy.

We are generous people and share what we have. We do not abuse our volunteers and ask the same in return.

Looking forward to welcoming volunteers at our farm!

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