We’re a multinational family with two kids who moved to rural Småland in Sweden almost two years ago. This area of Sweden is still very old-fashioned and natural due to a huge emigration wave in the 1800s and some people call it the area “where time stands still”. Nevertheless there are many opportunities for creative people and there are a bunch of alternative-minded families (including us) who want to make this place a future paradise.
We have a neighbour here who has a good-sized farm and used to grow vegetables for the local population, but unfortunately he decided to move for various reasons and we’re sad to see him (prepare to) go. We’re sure there is a market here for growing eco veg (maybe not to the locals because they mostly grow their own, but there are quite a lot of restaurants and big kitchens in a 1h radius) and there is definitely possibility to make a living if one has several income sources and a creative approach.
So, basically I’m writing this to find some interested permies, ideally a family with kids, who are not daunted by country living (think: no pubs, cinema and parties within a 30 min driving radius), but like to farm (maybe in combination with off-farm work), do work-sharing with the neighbours and like some social life. Someone who would either buy the farm or possibly co-buy it with another family? Someone who has realistic ideas of what it means to work for a living and isn’t scared to find out more about a different culture (because rural Sweden really is its own culture).
Interested? Questions? Tell me about yourself or let me know what else I can tell you!
We are Eric, 33, German and Caroline, 39, Swiss with no children yet. We both have been travelling around the globe (Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Southern Africa, South America), individually and together for at least the past 15 years studying and learning about Regenreative Agriculture, Permaculture and Holistic Management. Together we truly have a vast array of certificates, experiences and skills. Now it's time to settle down...
We are looking for a farm with the following characterstics:
access to clean water low level of environmental pollution
and for the stuff we can't grow or produce ourselves we need an organic shop somewhat close by...
We're planning on a high degree of self-suficiency.
Other than that we are open to any beautiful surprises...
Do you think we tick a few of the boxes so that it is worth the effort to send us more info?