Decorated Farmhouse & Ecologic Milk Production
The farm is actually two properties. The decorated farmhouse where the volouteers are staying and where I and my siblings grew up. And the nearby property that was added when my brother extended the milk production. Both properties are formally merged to one economic unit. The property is ecologically certified.
At the milk production you can help in the dayly work, you would help in the morning or the afternon shift, there are in total 14 shifts a week that should be filled uo, preferable the morning shift 5 am to 10 am. The afternoon shift is 3pm to 8pm. The most important shifts are every second Friday to Sunday when the employees have their weekend of, yes cows need to be milked also in the weekend and you are a part of it. You should do 5 shifts a week.
You can also build fences for the animals. If you stay a longer time you can also drive the tractor in the fields.
The decorated farmhouse
There is a variety of work available, painting the outside walls, cement and restore old windows. Clean the attic and other spaces used as storage. clean windows. Clear the flower beds. Cut the grass. Do a proper floor scour as back in the days. There is cats living at the farmstead they are allowed to be inside the house but are more of outside cats but they need some love. There are also sheeps, heifers and bulls who we feed and water.
The volounteers live in my house. It is everybody's responsibility that daily cleaning tasks are performed.
I was born on this farm and it has always been a part of my life. First helping my parents and now living there whenever i can. I work as a teacher at the university of Uppsala in the electric engineering program. When I am not working I sing in a choir and dance Salsa, Bachata, Lindy hop and other swingdances.
At the farm there first of all my brother Åke that is the main farmer, his wife Maria, the farmhand Anders that been with us for 30 years. There is also the milker Jesper and two syrian refugees in work training.
My sister is not living on the farm but will help with supervising of tasks whenever she can.
You will stay at the upper floor in the main building. There is a bathroom there, also a kitchen but it is mostly used as a room for workawaers. Downstairs there is a main kitchen. We cook together and go for weekly grocery shopping so there is always Ingredients for cooking for the workawayers. There is cats living at the farmstead they are allowed to be inside the house but are more of outside cats.
To get to the farm you just book a ticket to Söderhamn or to Uppsala (if I am in Uppsala.)Söderhamn has direct trains every 2 hours during the day and 2 direct busses. It is very convenient to travel to Söderhamn from Arlanda but booking system is confusing. Don't even try to do it without talking to me, you will just end up booking the wrong ticket. 50% do not understand that Arlanda is on the way to the farm and closer to Uppsala than Stockholm.