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All Year: May-Sep
Area (ha): 100
Persons: 4
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 82402
Country: Finland

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Last Updated: February 14, 2018

Building a permaculture farm.

Here in the most beautiful Central Finland, we have a nice piece of land and a farm where my Grandparents used to live years ago. While traveling and also volunteering abroad for winters, the project has only been under a slow development but now it's the time to really get into it!

All the millions of ideas what's going to happen in here in the future are endless. At first, let's just say that it's going to regenerate and improve life of anyone who are staying, visiting, hearing, seeing or feeling the area. From the smallest bacteria to humans and towards the other creatures they interact, oh what a chain is it!

So let's start from the beginning. First step is to have a shelter to as many as possible, and it's going quite nicely, there are many buildings on an area we can use. Biggest thing is already done, since we did build a nice outdoor toilet couple years ago. At the moment, the main house is the best for accommodation but for more comfort there is always room for polishing and doing improvements. We have traditional smoke sauna but we are making it to hybrid with chimney this summer. Next to the sauna there is a spring where we get our drinking water a bit from there a man-made pond for swimming and cleaning. Let's let the chickens have the barn for themselves for now.

Then we need food. Grocery is half an hour way and driving is not really my thing (don't worry, you can have your coffee, chocolate and cheeses if you wish). Also I believe the quality of the food there is not quite as good as the stuff you grow by yourself ;), and it's fun! Honoring mother earth, following permaculture principles, using tools and techniques from organic, regenerative and bio-dynamic agriculture, we can grow food for ourselves and in future to others. At the moment we only have a few apple trees and other perennial shrubs. Also couple of raised beds so far so it's quite a hike there to go still, but more than possible!

We are fortunately surrounded by forests and lakes so there is also more than enough foraging and fishing to do. Mostly Edible wild-plants spring and summer, then berries and eventually hundreds of different kind of mushrooms. Not just picking them, but different kind of processing; drying, freezing and fermenting as well. And most important, eating them!

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