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A sea gypsy collective of tomorrow!
Interested in self-sufficiency? Want to help build a community? Love the sea? Our collective, on an organic farm a few hours north of Oslo, is for anyone who wants to learn and work hard. We grow food, boats and ideas, so if you have a knowledge or interest in permaculture, farming, boat building, or sailing, come and help us create a home that is sustainable both on land AND out at sea!
We are building a sailboat (the first of many), with the hope that when she sets sail (hopefully 2013/2014) we will visit other eco-villages around the world, collecting knowledge and travelling in the most eco-friendly way possible. Anyone who helps will have the chance to join our crew, a tribe of floating sea-gypsies! We also need help on the farm, as we build up the infrastructure to form a stable base for our community. This project is relatively new; we began in 2009 so there is still a lot to be done. We live with two dogs, the farm cat and some (very) free-range chickens. We keep bees and make jam; this year we harvested our first crop of potatoes and planted next seasons raspberries. Eventually we hope to grow all our food. We want to create a place that will flourish as our boats start sailing, a place where crops, thoughts, adventures, and of course boats, can grow!
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Teach, Learn, Share
We welcome anyone, of any age, nationality, religion, or sexual orientation, as long as you are happy to work hard and help out where needed. Please bring your pets if you can! We do normally ask for a minimum commitment of thirty days, with a weeklong trial period. We work on the boat predominantly during the winter when it is too cold to be outside. Jobs include welding the deck, installing the engine, sewing the sails, constructing the mast and fitting the interior. If you have any particular skills in these areas, please let us know. On the farm you may be asked to do anything from plowing and harvesting to jam making, roof building, beekeeping, digging, painting, or grinding the barley for our morning porridge. Everyone takes turns cooking; our diet is vegetarian and we try to eat only seasonal food, grown as locally as possible.
There are enough beds for eight volunteers; we all live together on the farm and the schedule is Monday to Friday, with approximately eight to nine hours of work a day. On the weekends there are forests and mountains to explore, and we have skis, tents and bikes available for those who want to go adventuring.
Come help us out and join our tribe of sea-gypsies!
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