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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.
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.
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.
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.
I spent fifty days here during the fall harvest: This was a very challenging experience. You will be exposed to redundant and strenuous farming activities, and at times, in unforgiving weather conditions. You will be expected to perform at peak intervals every workday as there are no paid workers on this farm. Much of the learning that occurs here is self-driven (i.e., watching videos provided by the hosts). Understand this: If you are expecting lavish amounts of free time, ensure the host understands your intent. This farm sets lofty expectations and will push you out of your comfort zone.
This young man spent 12 years in the US Marines and somehow carried the experience with him. He organized the other helpers and had them doing push-ups. He could not find a common ground with us even though we invited the group in to watch videos or make pizza together with us . He could only relate to his fellow helpers.
His first month here the weather was gorgeous and he was helpful and polite. He told me he was much healthier and got his 6 pack back.
Then the weather changed There were hurricanes in his native Texas and rain storms here in Europe and it was harder to harvest.
He got tired but did not ask for time off (we have a monthly schedule where you write what days you want free). Then when another ex military man joined us they started a life of staying up late and drinking.
Frankly he stayed too long and his behavior became strange. After he left we discovered that he had painted sentences on the walls of his room.
Now it is a year after he was here and I have more understanding about who to invite as we want the atmosphere to be comfortable here. Nevertheless I believe it was a good learning experince for all of us and do not regret inviting him.
My fellow volunteers there were the only saving grace in otherwise slave driving conditions. My experience was awful. The work hours advertised when I signed up and got here said, "24 hrs per week, 2 days off". Reality was 50+ hours 1 day off. When I talked to Anders about it he immediately said, "you're welcome to leave". No negotiation, no regard for the feelings of the other volunteers. If you're considering this place please feel free to message me with any questions. I documented a lot and have proof of conditions and feelings of fellow workers in case they try to discredit this review.
Jay is absolutely right about the hours as he applied several months earlier than he came. We changed the hours advertised because the weather this year made us hurry to get in the harvest and the days were longer. We publish our Daily Schedule so anyone can figure it out. We also give people 2 days off a week if they want them.
It is true that he bonded with his fellow volonteers but they told us he talked about leaving already the evening before the day he refused to do the work offered. We always listen to people but he never came to us but complained to the others instead.
That creates a bad atmosphere.
He did work and we were grateful but would have preferred that he told us how he felt.
If you look at the other reviews you will see that we usually have shorter hours and do now as well because the frost has come so we cannot harvest. Also you can see what other people got out of being here during the harvest.
I appreciate this Review as it will attract the right people to the farm. I think Corey got it right (see Review below) .
I had a great experience at Ramsjö Gard although it wasn't what I was expecting. I planned to stay with Karin and Anders for 3 weeks but ended up staying 4. Being near the end of the harvesting season we were working full days, 6 days a week which put the focus of my stay on learning about vegetarian and vegan lifestyles, cooking with locally sourced foods, sustainability, conservation, self-reliance, and forming strong bonds with my fellow volunteers. I would suggest this farm to someone that is interested in organic farming, learning about holistic living, and meeting great people.
This review gives a realistic piicture of how life can be on the farm in October and November. There is a lot to do and time is short as the sun goes down early (like the opposite of our midnight sun).
At the same time there is an abundance of organic vegetables to learn how to prepare and you can really learn to live in a way that is better for the invidivual and the planet.