We run a small farm in Dalsland, Sweden near the large lake Vänern and have recently
transformed an overgrown forest to natural pastureland. To graze this difficult terrain requires agile
animals that know how to find herbs, grasses and brush in inaccessible places. This is where our
old native breed of Swedish sheep, Gutefår, come in handy.
But for smallholders with animals, it is not always easy to find the time and finances to make ends
meet. So what can you do if you want to reach out to people who want to support local food
produced on a small scale farming?
WWOOF is a great opportunity to visit and support smaller farms where your effort is worth gold.
As a WWOOF-host, we have had tremendous help from WWOOFers from all over the world from
as far away as Japan and Australia.
But the most difficult part of the business is to get good returns on what you produce.
In many countries this has been solved with CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), which
means advance payment, shared risk for both the consumer and the producer, as well as direct
contact between the producer and the person who eats the food.
In Sweden, it is often called Share Farming (Andelsjordbruk). In many countries such as France
and the United States it is common occurrence in thousands of companies. In this
context,unfortunately, Sweden is a blind spot. Here there are only five!
This Spring we are therefore launching SHARE A LAMB (Andelslamm). A good way to share
responsibilities and guarantee production while supporting a small organic farm. You also get a lot
of good lamb to eat!
How does it work? It is easy. You buy a share of our lamb production in the spring and in return get
lamb meat in autumn. For the Swedish market our website is www.andelslamm.se
Looking for excitement and a meaningful existence? Don’t forget to search the WWOOF farms in
Sweden. It could be the best thing you've done, and who knows, you could make friends for life!
Learn more by WWOOFing at our place!
Best wishes Marie and David, http://www.wwoof.se/host-list/WWOOF-SE-112/