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Kaarina Kreus

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since Apr 10, 2022
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9 acre permaculture farm in Finland, Northern Europe.
100 tree fruit orchard. 300 berry bushes. Bees. Mushroom cultivation. The farm borders a river rich in fish. Building the veg garden with raised beds and hügels next summer. 2 acres of forest. Snail farm. Have organised to get chicken next summer - old local chicken breed adjusted to our harsh winters. 2 cocks and a dozens hens from three different breeders.
No electricity, no piped water or plumbing. Doing it the old way.
Professional gardener and chef de cuisine. Also doctorate in economics.
Finland, Scandinavia
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Jordan Holland wrote:So...not like this?

Honestly. Pour oil and coarse sea salt on it and let simmer for a couple of hours. That is what we were taught in cooking school.
11 minutes ago
I bought 10 acres 3 miles from the closest town, riverside, good land. Scandinavia.
If you move here, you will be eligible for free government health care within 6 months and a pretty decent society all in all.
14 minutes ago
For the shower drain you can use these.
21 minutes ago

Gaurī Rasp wrote:Dear Kaarina,
Do you plan to build any greenhouses since you must have a short growing season?
What are your next plans other than a big garden?  
Thank you & please keep this thread updated w new developments!

I will do plastic hoop tunnels. A greenhouse is too expensive at the moment. But I can start seedlings in the sauna, which has a dressing room with huge windows.
Personally, I love root vegetables for cooking. They store well, have amazing taste and are pretty sturdy against cold.
3 hours ago

William Bronson wrote:I like the idea of a small, well thought out home, but I don't see the advantages of doing without electricity, especially for tool use.

Will, I do have a generator and water pump. Scurrying water to 100 fruit trees and 300 berry bushes almost broke me this summer.
But I also have several headlamps which use rechargeable batteries or can be charged. Whenever I go to the village, I spend a couple of hours charging them in the library. Time time flies: I read, maybe browse the net.
3 hours ago

Kate Downham wrote:
We also cook only with wood - it takes more thought than flicking a switch on an electric stove, but is so much more satisfying.

Yes! And the beauty of it: while your food is simmering or baking in the oven, the house gets heated and you can enjoy the flames ❤.
3 hours ago
This is a shed with two rooms. The other one will be for dry goods that are not affected by frost or heat. Everything in sturdy packaging like tin, enamel,  wood or thick plastic. Mrs scrooge thinks rodents have to find their own food....

The other half is for garden tools, honey extraction equipment, preserving tools (like mason jars, cider press, juice cooker), the water pump+generator etc.

At the moment, the shedt is a mess with everything stacked on the floor.  I want to see what I end up keeping there, and only then build the shelving. It is so easy to think you will need things in a certain way, but ending up using the space quite differently.

In the back, you can see my firewood pile before we built the shed. 😨
4 hours ago

Janette Raven wrote:Wow Kaarina that is really inspiring.
I am amazed at what you can do on a wood stove, but then... perhaps being a chef is a bit of a head start.

I agree 🙂. The only difference between a professional and an avid home cook is techique.

As a chef, you know the WHY. How ingredients behave, and HOW to achive something. Basically, all recipes are just variations of some basic techiques.

So after you know the techiques, you can pretty much cook from the meagrest leftovers. Too many cooking programmes and cookbooks fail to explain the why. Thus people are dependent on recipes.

4 hours ago

Kate Downham wrote:Thank you for sharing so much detail about your beautiful small house. Really lovely photos.

I want to encourage people to rethink how much space is necessary for living happily❤. In the area, less than 20% of houses had running water or sewers in 1973!
Twenty years earlier, most houses had one or two rooms for a family.

The cost of building was:

- 32.000 $ for the house
- appr. 2000$ for all furniture, dishes, pots&pans, bed linen&blankets, carpets. I spent a year slowly collecting them from flea markets for pennies! I made a decision all dishes have to be white so they match, and pots either stainless steel or cast iron. Amazing what you can find as outcasts!
- 4.000 $ for the water station
- 3.000 $ for the wood shed
- 2.000 $ for the other shed

The 10 acres cost 44.000$.

4 hours ago

Jamie Spreng wrote:Love what you did Kaarina.
Do you have plans or drawings that you could share?  

My interior differs from this a bit. The wood stove is in the middle for maximum warmth. And I took away the foyer windows and replaced with shelving. Also I did not want a bedroom door because it requires space for opening.
4 hours ago