Ramsjögård

This is a real vegetable farm. We live close to nature and follow the seasons. We have taught many people self -sustainability for many years. We grow an abundance of vegetables and teach people how to live off of them. We are also very well situated near two cities (one the capital) and yet only accept people who are sincerely interested in the environment. Thus they meet like-minded people and often make friends here. Together we have created the first CSA in Sweden (Community Supported Agriculture) We do everything ourselves, seldom buying new but fixing and keeping old things. We have been certified organic vegetable farmers since 1989. The whole farm is like a forest garden and we have a permaculture going on as well. People of all ages and cultural backgrounds have volunteered here since 1991. Below you will find a file about what we do the different seasons to see if this is what you want to do. But before you apply please look at our website: www.ramsjogard.net under "volonteers" for questions and information which will help you see if you would be comfortable here. Please answer all the questions in "standard questions" and in the file about our wishes all the questions in green ink and send the answers to me at: [email protected] Thanks. At the end of the files are some references which also give a good picture of what we do here and what you can learn.

This is our Daily Schedule : Daily schedule for helpers on the farm -between 7:00 and 8:00: Breakfast -8:00: Morning meeting with farmer Anders to discuss the day’s activities. During the dark season we can start earlier to work while it is light outdoors. -App.8:30: The day starts and what we do depends on the time of year -app 11:00- a coffee or tea break or something light to eat if you want - 13:00 or 14:00: Lunch when we all get together for the main warm meal -After lunch we return to our chores or are finished for the day. -We usually work another 3 hours after lunch. If you are weeding or working in the greenhouse and it is hot you might want to take time off mid day to go swimming and then finish your row or other chores in the evening when it is cooler. -The hours we work in the day vary depending on the time of year. sometimes we stop after lunch and other times we finish our projects. We have a free day Schedule and you write the days you want off. We reccomend two Days a week for people here onger than two weeks and one day if here on a shorter visit. If we work a long day we sleep later the next one. In the spring, around mid to late May and June, we are planting with the machine which is three seats behind the tractor and we are often on a schedule dependant on the weather. We can sometimes start planting in the afternoon and continue through the evening. We have “midnight sun” here so it is light. -From August to November two days a week we are doing our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) vegetable baskets. January through April we have CSA basket once a month. Also on those days we may depart from our usual Schedule and always finish Before 15:00 when we go to Uppsala with the delivery.. If you are here a longer time and choose to take two days off a week you work between 32 and 40 hours a week. Here is a schema for each month and the work we do then and this is what we usually do but cannot promise exactly as the weather tells us what we can do at different times. Therefore some days are longer than others but it evens out and we always listen to your needs and wishes. Jan: We are usually closed in January but if we do accept one or two people it is for: Cleaning and preparing the different living areas for future helpers. Some repair work on the house. *Sorting vegetables and preparing orders for the schools and day care we sell to. Working in the woods with Anders. Cutting with electric wood splitter and stacking wood. Doing the fire. Sorting veggies. Baking around once a week. Warm clothing required for both outdoor and indoor work. Good to bring your own gloves and waterproof pants and warm boots. CSA basket once a month. Feb: We usually open mid-Febuary. We do orders for the various places we sell vegetables to (see in*January). Working in the woods with Anders. Cutting with electric wood splitter and stacking wood. Sorting veggies. Starting to sow seeds indoors for later planting out in fields. Baking around once a week. Making and tending the fire. Warm clothing required for both outdoor and indoor work. CSA basket once a month. Good to bring your own gloves and waterproof pants and boots. March: Sowing seeds indoors in flats. Sorting veggies. Taking care of seedlings. Working in the woods with Anders. Making and tending the fire. Baking around once a week. Helping to clean both indoors and outdoors after the snow melts. Warm clothing required for both outdoor and indoor work. CSA basket once a month. Good to bring your own gloves and waterproof pants and boots. April: Sowing and tending seedlings. Transplanting seedlings starts. Cleaning out greenhouses. Sorting veggies. Baking around once a week. Help build and put up greenhouses. Making and tending the fire. Helping to clean both indoors and outdoors after the snow melts. Possibly CSA basket once a month. Good to bring your own gloves and waterproof pants and boots. May: Planting outside sitting behind tractor depending on if possibility to plant is limited can be long hours (compensated later with free time) Perhaps helping with baking around once a week. Greenhouse work such as digging, planting and tending plants. Start weeding. Good to bring your own gloves and waterproof pants and boots. June: Weeding. Planting outside sitting behind tractor depending on if possibility to plant is limited can be long hours (compensated later with free time) Perhaps helping with baking around once a week. Greenhouse work such as digging, planting and tending plants. Possibility of building. Good to bring your own gloves and waterproof pants and boots. July: Weeding. Planting outside. End of month harvesting and start CSA baskets. Perhaps helping with baking around once a week. Good to bring your own gloves and waterproof pants and boots. August: Harvesting. Taking care of plants. Putting food by (freezing, jam making, pickling). CSA baskets every week. Perhaps helping with baking around once a week. Good to bring your own gloves and waterproof pants and boots. September: Harvesting. Taking care of plants. Putting food by (freezing, jam making, pickling). CSA baskets every week. Perhaps helping with baking around once a week. Good to bring your own gloves and waterproof pants and boots. October: Harvesting. After frost CSA baskets every other week. Packing vegetable orders. Putting food by (freezing, jam making, pickling). Perhaps helping with baking around once a week. Making and tending the fire. Good to bring your own gloves and waterproof pants and boots. November: .Because of climate change we are often still harvesting in November. You need warm clothing for both indoor and outdoor work. Some years we work in our woods and cutting the wood at home. Cleaning indoors and outdoors. Putting food by like fermenting and making saurcraut the natural way. If you want to learn, helping with baking around once a week. One or two CSA baskets. Making and tending the fire. Good to bring your own gloves and waterproof pants and boots. December: If we host volunteers it is for cleaning, repairing and renovation indoors and CSA baskets once or twice and perhaps helping with baking around once a week. Making and tending the fire. Good to bring your own gloves and waterproof pants and warm boots. We usually only have helpers the first half of December.


Avaliações

4.5
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Anfitrião & Equipe

4.5

Horas & Atividades

4.5

Hostel

4.0

Aprendizado & Diversão

4.0

Espanha

5

My stay in the farm has been quite exciting. Karin and Anders are a really adorable couple that will always be there if you need something and who work hard in order to meet the goals that each week has. It was really interesting talking with Karin, she was really respectful and comprehensive to all of us. I really enjoyed harvesting in general, but especially carrots. Preparation for the CSA baskets was perfectly organised and I got to see how the delivery is done with Anders and we spoked about many things. Also I learned how to bake the typical cinnamon buns and baked pizzas and bread.

27/11/2019


Karin respondeu

Alejandro was a joy to have here and you can see by his focus that he appreciates life and shares the enthusiasm. All the other helpers enjoyed his company too- The calm darkness of Swedish November did not faze him as he carried his own light.

Colômbia

5

I would like to recommend this Swedish farm where I stayed for a month. The working days are pleasant together with helpers from different countries and we all enjoy eating lunch together with our hosts, Anders and Karin. The hosts were also available to teach and answer questions as they work every day themselves and I felt welcome and appreciated by them. They are tolerant, welcoming and open minded and interested in all the new things people are learning about sustainability and the earth’s environment. For people who like nature there is a bit of everything with the nearby woods and lake a

05/09/2019


Karin respondeu

I think Jaime would fit in anywhere with his accepting and helpful nature. He has a lot of experience and learned and shared a lot as well. So fine that he enjoyed the nature around the farm fully and picked mushrooms and went swimming and did other things offered here.
He is a seasoned traveller and it was very interesting to have him here.

Portugal

5

I spent on the farm two weeks, and it's way really good! I chose doing volunteering in this farm because I thought it would be a good opportunity to know more about vegan, organic and sustainable food. Karin and Anders were amazing with me, made me feel super comfortable and helped me in everything I needed. Karin showed me different ways how we can cook vegetables, and in a sustainable way. Being here was very good for me because I wanted to learn more about agriculture, and Anders was the ideal person to teach me about farming, I hope to come back on spring or summer. (:

25/03/2019


Karin respondeu

Everyone on the farm appreciated having Sofia here and we look forward to meeting her again. She was interested in how we grow vegetables and how to use only locally grown for cooking and this made it a perfect match.:)

Hungria

4

I have spent 2 months on the farm, i've arrived on 12th of September and i had a great time here. The fellow volunteers were really friendly and nice people. Thanks to this place i've made a lot of life long friendships. I've learned a lot about cooking and farming in general. I've applied with 32 work hours a week which seems like the minimum work hours weekly, in reality on many weeks we worked around 40-50 hours a week, for me it wasn't a problem but i think it's important to mention. I would recommend this place if you are commited and hard working.

26/11/2018


Karin respondeu


We were happy to have a farmer’s son here as he understood the seasons and chose to stay on the farm most of the time. This also gave him the possibility of doing his web design job while living on the farm.

He took his days off at the end of the visit . The other helpers have been taking two days off a week and this makes their hours per week shorter. On our farm we have a monthly schedule paper where you reserve the days you want free and can take any day(s) of the week or week end.

I am happy Sándor added to his knowledge about farming from Anders and about vegan cooking and medicinal herbs from me. I certainly expanded my knowledge about vegan dishes from him. All in all a pleasant exchange.

Uruguai

5

Karin and Anders are very sweet people, of that kind of people that is hard to find. That is why all those situations that affect the family generate a lot of sadness. Last year they experienced a terrible situation with a boy called Jay. He was a person who did a lot of damage to the operation of the farm. He broke the rules on the consumption of alcohol and drugs. and continues until today generating fear for people who are interesting in participate. I'm as a lawyer I am going to take charge of getting his negative comments out. Unconditional love is what generated this experience to me.

01/10/2018


Karin respondeu

Thank you, Ximena, for caring about us as people. This autumn we have a cozy group who enjoy each others company and we are part of it.
We appreciate that Ximena wants to help and she was not only helpful on the farm but made lovely cakes from the abundance of apples, every day. When she left she was missed:)

We want to attract people who are genuinly interested in sustainability, farming and a vegetarian\vegan lifestyle which is kind to the planet.

We are happy to advise about places to see in Uppsala and Stockholm as well but most of the time (usually 5 days a week or 6 if you are here less than 2 weeks) the focus is on the farm and we prefer helpers who are here for that.


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