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Organic Small-scale Farming

Organic Small-scale Farming

Do you dream of living on a farm, working the land to feed yourself and those nearest you? Here you'll learn to grow vegetables, grains, and berries, as well as raising farm animals, slaughtering them, and preparing the meat. To prepare vegetables, milk, and meat to feed those around you, and to work with a tractor and chainsaw. You can learn all this and more.

Our school's organic farm is Debio certified, meaning it is accredited as organic under some of the strcitest standards in Europe. The farm provides the school with food throughout the year. On the farm you'll find horses, pigs, hens, cows, and ducks. We harvest potatoes, cabbage, kolrabi, sundry herbs, wheat, barley, rye, and hay. The animals have space to live and play, and when it comes time to slaughter them it is done with the greatest respect and as much as possible of the animal is used.

On Organic Farming you'll be there for the entire journey from seed to harvest and preparation, from sowing to weeding, to putting it in the store for sale, or to helping the kitchen staff get it ready to be served to the rest of the students. Maintaining a compost pile is a natural part of the process, as well as spreading manure on the fields. Fishing is also a part of running a farm on the coast, especially one with access to a beautiful lake like ours.

The school also owns another small farm in the hills of Fosen, not far from the school itself. There we have a cabin and a woodlot. We put the cows to pasture there in the summer, and fell trees in the winter for use in boat building and to burn in the stoves and sauna. In addition to these things we have an island in the mouth of the fjord with wild sheep. No part of the sheep goes to waste either, the hides are tanned at the school, and can even be sold at market, if that's what you want to do with the hides you tan.

We grow organic because it is the future of agriculture. Join us in the Green Movement.

The year in short:

Autumn

Harvesting vegetables

Slaughter of sheep and pigs

Preservation of food

Fromagerie (cheese making and the like)

And hard work

Winter

Timber felling at the hill-farm

Milking of cows and processing their milk

Pruning of fruit trees

And exciting theory about crop rotation, keeping of farm animals, and the running of an organic farm

Spring

Spring Work, probably the most intense work period of the year

Which crops will be planted for next year?

Which crops can be grown together for maximum yield

Working with horses

In May the whole class will live together on the farm. A new period of growth underway. We'll be sowing and re-planting with organic techniques, to guarentee food for the school.

Who is this course for?

Whether country mouse or city mouse you don't need any beforehand knowledge or experience in farming to take part. Anyone who's interested in farming or agriculture is right for this line. Whether you want a farm of your own, a garden outside of your townhouse, or just want to know better where your food comes from, then this is the course for you!

Here you'll get:

  • To grow grain, hay, and veggies!
  • Care for and feed the animals
  • Participate in all the usual work on an organic farm
  • Learn to make cheese, butter, and sausage
  • Slaughter
  • Fell trees
  • Use both horses and tractors
  • Work farm duty
  • Become resposible in ways other than just writing essays and handing in papers

Equipment list:

  • Bike
  • Work clothes, coveralls
  • Raingear
  • Rubber boots
  • Knife

Anything you don't have or can't take on the plane you can get at or near by the school, or borrow from other students.

Meet the Teacher

The agriculture teacher is Anton, and he can get nearly anything to grow.

Self sufficiency

Skills to manage yourself. It takes time. Here you will have time, a good teacher and an inspiring community. The globe needs you who want to learn the basics.

Sailing

You get to learn to sail, and navigate inbetween rocks and cliff faces, and to be crafty and sportsmanly by working together to sail over the sea. As well as carry a thousand year tradition forward the the next generation.

Tiny houses constuction

That many people build bigger and bigger houses is a problem for a world of limited space and resources. With this line we want to be a countermeasure for overuse and waste.

Organic Farming

At Fosen Folkehøgskole we have our own farm. We grow potatoes and vegetables, herbs, grains and grass.

Hand work and Design

Wool and leather from our own Villsau sheep, plants to color our hand-spun yarn, and willows to weave into baskets to carry it all in. Our hands and ideas are what make the whole process work, from raw materials to finished products.

Boatbuilding

Turn a tree standing in the forest into a boat bloating across the waves. The journey begins with working in the forest to collect our wood, and ends with our own handmade boat.

Viking Craft and Sailing

Are you fascinated by the vikings? Do you find yourself spinning yarn, or blacksmithing, or do you want to know how to do that?