News from the farm
December Newsletter 2019
As the rain still falls down, the work still goes on. Since December a lot of things have happened on our farm. Before the Christmas break, we got a new calf from one of our cows. Now the calf is nine weeks old, healthy and on good ways. Sometimes we go on short walks with her so she can get used to what happens around the farm, the nature, people talking, cars driving etc. We also do that so it can jump around. Not just does the calf go outside, but so do we. Before the break we often went on walks during the weekends in the forest, nearby lakes and waterfalls. It was really nice.
We are also continuing building our new cabins for guests. We finished with the outdoor shell and we have started to insulate the inside and to put the final walls, roof and floor in place. Before going home over the break we also took part of two Christmas markets to support our production and exchange. The markets were in Sätila and Varberg. Unfortunately on the way to Varberg, the car broke down leaving the excitement of how we were planning on getting home. But we all survived and we managed to sell some of our produce such as honey and wooden products. To celebrate Lucia we all went to the church in Sätila were the local school had prepared and performed the well-known "Luciatåg".
Written by Emma
Though it might seem early for spring, in the last few weeks we encountered birds singing and plants rushing out of the ground to become beautiful flowers. Spring is coming and even though we encountered a terrible windstorm which took down trees and the chicken fence, we were quite productive.
This Saturday, we served a brunch and had a market stand in the schoolhouse. People came to enjoy our pancakes or coffee. It was a great production and exchange event. The week before that we had a fika in the schoolhouse. We sold chocolate balls, muffins, cakes and other lovely fikas from different countries.
We celebrated Valentine´s Day in a romantic fashion and a community member´s birthday. The break is coming soon and we will depart home, whether we live across the field or on another continent. Students continue to work hard both outside on the farm with finishing the construction of the new cabins or in the schoolhouse with their academics.
Welcome to our new students!
Four weeks have passed since our new school year began. We have 12 students coming from Sweden, France, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic and Slovakia. There are many new routines, cultures and different ways of doing things to learn, but we look forward to seeing this learning process and how the students will grow this coming year. To look back at the farm during this past summer, there was an AMI Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies taking place here. 31 participants from 14 different nationalities. The mix of cultures and people made it an exciting time and something amazing to be part of. Four weeks of intense lectures and community life, however, there were a great deal of laughter and joyful moments at the same time. We look forward to the closing weekend which is taking place later this autumn to reunite and to hear about the great work they have done so far.
At the moment the farm is turning into autumn, meaning colder mornings and darker evenings. The community is deep in the process of harvesting crops such as potatoes, onions, carrots and pumpkins, and of course many other greens as well which then will be stored and preserved for usage during the winter. They are getting the farm prepared for what needs to be done before the cold months arrive. Also, plans are being made to order and build new cabins to be able to host more people. Sven still comes every Wednesday to do woodwork and physical education with us. The students have all made their own napkin ring and are now learning many new skills, as well as collecting ideas of what they can create and sell for their production and exchange. We also had the pleasure of having Ann-Marie and Ruth come to do a workshop on craft making and needlework. Here too, ideas where shard to what could be good things to generate and sell.
So here it is. A quick update of what has happened
during the summer and what the current events are around the farm. If there are
any questions, please do not hesitate to send an e-mail or give us a
The farm has had many things going on this past month. Seven weeks have passed since the beginning of school, and we have two more weeks until autumn break. During this time a lot of work has been done. The students have been harvesting their crops, building a new cabin, having their first market selling their products in our small village Sätila, as well as had visitors come and experience the daily life on the farm. In addition to all this, they also maintain their daily life with cooking, cleaning, studying as well as other chores.
The students cook their own breakfast, lunch, fika and dinner every day. Many new recipes and varieties of food have been brought to the table. They are also in charge of daily taking care of the animals, meaning making sure they are fed and are well. The students also have cleaning chores to ensure the environment is kept nice and tidy.
It is quite noticeable that autumn in approaching, and quickly. We have
had some cold mornings with frost, but also some very nice days with sunshine
to be able to enjoy the outdoors. Last weekend we went to the lake to play
frisbee, walk on the beach and merrily enjoy life. We look forward to more of
such nice moments these coming months.
Spring is finally on its way, slowly but surely. We have been so fortunate to have sunny weather which means a lot of work has been done on the farm. The barn wall is being repaired and repainted and the garden is being prepared for planting. Nature is starting to look green and the flowers have started to blossom. Another sign of spring is of course life being born at the farm. Two weeks ago, one of our sows gave birth to eleven piglets. This was incredibly exciting, and we see them now outside playing together in the sunshine. Our calf who was born in March is doing very well, she is growing every day. We have started milking every evening which means we have our own milk and butter. We can now drink as much milk as possible for our meals and it is highly appreciated by the students.
After six weeks of intense study and work, we have now started our spring break. The students are at home for two weeks. During the last Plan of Study and Work they had the pleasure of hosting a special guest from Germany who came and taught the students about photography. They went to the ocean to take photos and there are some very nice photographs they could share with the rest of us when they came back.
We look forward to having the students return in two weeks after all the Easter celebrations to get back to working on the farm. There are many different parts of garden work and other work to be done before finishing up the school year.
Time passes by so quickly and we are already at the summer holidays. It has been an intense last few weeks of school. We had a group of French students visit the farm as well as other families from Germany, Slovakia and Italy.
Springtime always means a lot of garden work to be done. The students have planted everything from potatoes and onions to cucumbers, tomatoes and pumpkins. We look forward to harvesting these crops in the fall. The 6th of June we celebrated the Swedish National Day by going on a road trip. It was a long but incredibly fun day. We went up along the coast and visited different traditional small fishing villages. Of course there also had to be a dip in the ocean. The students have now all gone home and we look forward to seeing the returning students in August, and for those who this was their last year here, we wish them all the best for the future.
Up next on the farm is the AMI Montessori Orientation
to Adolescent Studies that is taking place here this summer. We look forward to
getting to know new acquaintances and having four inspiring and joyful weeks
together. There are 31 participants with 14 different nationalities.
Friday, a beautiful calf was born at our farm Rydet. It is the first calf to be
born here. She is gray with a few patches of white. Almost everyone had the
pleasure to be part of this great event, and we now see her daily enjoying time
with her mother. The pictures are from just a few minutes after her birth. We
are now looking forward to having our own home-made dairy products