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    Interested in self-sufficiency? Want to help build a community? Love the sea? Our collective, on an organic farm a few hours north of Oslo, is for anyone who wants to learn and work hard. We grow food, boats and ideas, so if you have a knowledge or interest in permaculture, farming, boat building, or sailing, come and help us create a home that is sustainable both on land AND out at sea!

    We are building a sailboat (the first of many), with the hope that when she sets sail (hopefully 2013/2014) we will visit other eco-villages around the world, collecting knowledge and travelling in the most eco-friendly way possible. Anyone who helps will have the chance to join our crew, a tribe of floating sea-gypsies! We also need help on the farm, as we build up the infrastructure to form a stable base for our community. This project is relatively new; we began in 2009 so there is still a lot to be done. We live with two dogs, the farm cat and some (very) free-range chickens. We keep bees and make jam; this year we harvested our first crop of potatoes and planted next seasons raspberries. Eventually we hope to grow all our food. We want to create a place that will flourish as our boats start sailing, a place where crops, thoughts, adventures, and of course boats, can grow!

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  1. merry christmas and happy new year from sailing the farm. Want to come sailing???
  2. We are now in Salvador Brazil on 12 degrees south after 21 days of pleasant crossing from cape verde. As on old sailing ship crossing equator line Neptune came onboard to baptist the crew, thankfully she didn't use tar and feather as in old days so it was pretty easy to clean off the barber foam, then they was eligible to have a anchor tattoo with name of their loved ones. Some had problem remember their boyfriends name for a second it seems Rest of journey from 0 degree to 12 degrees south was with a couple of days of calm weather until we hit the easterly wind on the south side and then straight for Salvador. Salvador was discovered in 1501 and soon became the main trade route for Portugal and a slave trade port. I'm curious the route they sailed empty back to Africa to get more slaves. Going straight east is hard so they might go south to catch the westerly wind down there. Portugal had some 30.000 voyages shipping more than 4.5 million slaves between Africa and Brazil. Anyway our plan is going south into colder climate again. Hopefully all way down the south American continent before we have to decide if we want to explore African side or west side of south America (if wind and weather permits) . If you want to join please send us an email. Love Sailing The Farm A Seagypsy Tribe of Tomorrow
  3. Newsletter January 2017 Dear all, As we enter 2017 sailing the farm wants to wish all our friends a sincerely happy new year. 2016 was a big change for our project- it was the year of sailing, not just boatbuilding and farming. Sofar we have sailed more than 2000 nautical miles from Oslo to the Canary Islands. been more than 30 pepole onboard in 2016. Hailed from all over the world. It has been a joy to sail with all of you and we hope to see some of you salty crew back for more fun and seasickness in 2017 :-) We are slowly starting to know this metal lady and she seems more happy in stronger winds. Her fastest speed is 8.7 knots. She hates headwind and doesent like tacking very much. (as matter of fact she tacks like a pregnant whale on a bad day) floats like a duck in big waves and feel extremely safe in rough weather. For 2017 we hope to continue explore our fantastic planet, share and learn new skills and also get scuba diving and compressor onboad to explore our underwater world. Our next big leg will be from Canary to South America or West Indies then onwards into pacific. If you want to join please send us an email. We always look for nice people staying long term onboard to run the project forward. And again, we wish you all fair winds and happy 2017. --- love from Sailing the Farm A seagypsy tribe of tomorrow subscribe to our newsletter: http://mailmanlist.net/mailman/listinfo/sailing-the-
  4. Merry christmas. Soon ready to cross atlantic. Contact us if you want to join?
  5. Newsletter Sailing the Farm september. Dear All Short update. We plan to leave for Inverness in Scotland soon. After our journey to Denmark and back the list of to-do stuff on the boat is getting smaller by day. Its still space on board along coast of Europe, across to South America and onwards if you want to join us! Just send an email to zeyang00@gmail.com to get our application form. Everyone including your chickes, cats, kids and seadogs are welcome to join! Things on todo last couple of weeks. - The deck was way too slippery. We mixed in sandblasting sand and sticky paint. It looks good sofar. hopefully it will stop us from sliding off the boat. - Our rope chewing rig has been tamed. She was eating ropes like spaghetti. The journey to Inverness will tell if her meny still contains tasty poly-ropes. - Paddle for Monitor Windwave broke straight off. Can be found on 400 meters deep in Kattegat. New one has been ordered. will be replaced in UK or further south. - Electronic charts have been installed. it will be two separate system: one with Navionics on tablets (with a spare tablet hiding in the pressure cooker) + open CPN. Then we have a few thousand paper charts if everything else fails. - AIS transponder is onboard: You can follow "SAILING THE FARM" on marinetraffic.com or similar places which receive AIS signals and post them on internet. Far offshore we are using HAM-radio to transmit position. (different link will be posted later when have been testing this) (I think it will be this: http://services.wlw.winlink.org/maps/positionreports.aspx…) - For those shortwave radio heads out there: We are transmitting for the first time!! We can now communicate far offshore. Plan is to have a regular radio schedule with our friends and family back on land. You can tune and listen or talk to us soon. We will keep you updated which trasmitting frequency we are sending on. (system is Yaesu FT-897 with FC-40 tuner, 6 meter fishing pole on the aft rail and winlink/rms-express for receiving weatherfax/grib-files and sending/receiving email). We are really grateful for help from the local HAM-radio club in Kristiansand, Norway. This stuff is pretty complictated - but fun. Wish us fair winds and following seas. love from Sailing the Farm Newsletter Sailing the Farm september. Dear All Short update. We plan to leave for Inverness in Scotland soon. After our journey to Denmark and back the list of to-do stuff on the boat is getting smaller by day. Its still space on board along coast of Europe, across to South America and onwards if you want to join us! Just send an email to zeyang00@gmail.com to get our application form. Everyone including your chickes, cats, kids and seadogs are welcome to join! Things on todo last couple of weeks. - The deck was way too slippery. We mixed in sandblasting sand and sticky paint. It looks good sofar. hopefully it will stop us from sliding off the boat. - Our rope chewing rig has been tamed. She was eating ropes like spaghetti. The journey to Inverness will tell if her meny still contains tasty poly-ropes. - Paddle for Monitor Windwave broke straight off. Can be found on 400 meters deep in Kattegat. New one has been ordered. will be replaced in UK or further south. - Electronic charts have been installed. it will be two separate system: one with Navionics on tablets (with a spare tablet hiding in the pressure cooker) + open CPN. Then we have a few thousand paper charts if everything else fails. - AIS transponder is onboard: You can follow "SAILING THE FARM" on marinetraffic.com or similar places which receive AIS signals and post them on internet. Far offshore we are using HAM-radio to transmit position. (different link will be posted later when have been testing this) (I think it will be this: http://services.wlw.winlink.org/maps/positionreports.aspx…) - For those shortwave radio heads out there: We are transmitting for the first time!! We can now communicate far offshore. Plan is to have a regular radio schedule with our friends and family back on land. You can tune and listen or talk to us soon. We will keep you updated which trasmitting frequency we are sending on. (system is Yaesu FT-897 with FC-40 tuner, 6 meter fishing pole on the aft rail and winlink/rms-express for receiving weatherfax/grib-files and sending/receiving email). We are really grateful for help from the local HAM-radio club in Kristiansand, Norway. This stuff is pretty complictated - but fun. Wish us fair winds and following seas. love from Sailing the Farm
  6. Sailng the Farm er underveis. om noen vil være med til skottland og sydover langs kysten av Europa. ta kontakt med zeyang@laowai.no
  7. boomsprit in. (added some woodshit, but we believe more in alloy) departure date this autumn, next stop Bouvet island :-)
  8. featured in NRK Norge Rundt Friday 27 November.
  9. Har en exmil stående på en låve på toten. Selges for 5000. Noe rust bak, men ikke altfor ille. Et vinterprosjekt for noen som tid til overs?? ta kontakt på zeyang@laowai.no om du er interessert.
  10. Sailing the Farm late september 2015 Hi everyone! Another productive month and our boat hopefully soon to be in water. Farm news: The bee-seeason is finished for this year, each hive have got around 20 kg, so now they are ready to have their well-deserved winter holiday for next 7 months. The potatoes is still in the soil, but we will harvest them pretty soon. Boat News. Still some days delays with the shipment of the boat to Oslo. The engine is ready to start soon. we just need a little work with the dry exhaust. Else it looks really good. All welding work outside the hull is finished. We will paint the underwater part of the boat with expoxy primer this week. Then start to tear down the boatshed. Soon our metal-lady will see the sun for the first time. We still look for potential crew for the first leg of sailing, especially if you have good knowledge of gaff-rig adjustment and sailing, we would love to hear from you. Also look for some last minute volunters to help clean up the farm for the winter. Please contact us if you have some spare time in october. Pictures of the month: a: Flagmaking lady working on even more guestflags. Still a little work until we have them all. b: engine is in and wired up. Just need some work on the exhaust part before its ready to push us up Amazon river and beyond. c: welding lady at work. d: making wooden box for binocular. e: welding up the locking mechanism of the main-hatch http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=1230631&stc=1&d=1443888308 http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=1230641&stc=1&d=1443888317 http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=1230651&stc=1&d=1443888325 http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=1230661&stc=1&d=1443888334 http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=1230671&stc=1&d=1443888343 Love from Sailing the farm
  11. Newsletter late July 2015 Dear all The bees are busy and so are we. We're hoping to move the boat to the water this year so it's all go, go, go our boat-building farm these days. The engine has made it to its final resting place! Hallelujah. Hopefully we won't have to use it all that much, but its installation marks a big step in the project. The rudder is taking shape and looking fantastic thanks to our Welsh volunteer, Our Hong Kong volunteer has returned for another boat-building stint, this time with her Swedish boyfriend in tow – a chef by profession so as well as contributing to the boat-building, he's been keeping us well-fed with delicious lunches on the porch. The farm itself has been neglected a little this summer in favour of the great big aluminum monster in the boat-shed, but we have been enjoying lots of nettle-based dishes (it helps to have a professional chef around!). The volunteers took a well-deserved break from boat-building last month and went on a road-trip to Galdhopiggen, the highest peak in Scandinavia. The sun shone for the entire trip (and pretty much hasn't been seen since) and left some of the fairer-skinned crew completely sunburned. Highlights included an ice cave, a moose sighting and unbelievable sunsets across the huge Norwegian sky. Now that the sea is in our sights, we've started hand-painting guest flags on the evenings and weekends. Our latest favourite sailing movie is the questionable masterpiece that is Waterworld. It's given us lots of ideas for modifications for our boat. We've named the boat! Thank you all for your suggestions. After a lot of thought we decided to go for Sailing the Farm. It sounds a little bonkers to native English speakers, but that's kind of why we love it! We've cut out the letters in aluminium and they are due to be welded in very soon. We are still on the hunt for volunteers - particularly those with sailing experience - and especially those who've worked on gaff rigs before. Exciting times, and even more exciting times to come. Thank you all for your support, it's been a long time coming, but the end is in sight! Pictures of the month. - Making letters for the boat. - chinese weekend visit. checking the boat project. - Welding lady making more boxes for the deck. Need endless amount of storage. - Guest flag production. This is the welsh one. - Rudder is getting installed. http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=1175381&stc=1&d=1438503826 http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=1175391&stc=1&d=1438503835 http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=1175401&stc=1&d=1438503843 http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=1175411&stc=1&d=1438503850 http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=1175421&stc=1&d=1438503858 Love from Sailing the Farm - A seagypsy tribe of
  12. May/June 2015 Ahoy Sea Gypsies! It has been a busy May and start of June on the farm. Biggest news first: The red sails have arrived! You'll see them in the picture below. They look fantastic and it's a great help to see them all laid out so that we can imagine ourselves on the high seas (instead of on high grass as they are now). We are also happy to report that we managed to get the engine on board! At the moment we are in the process of getting it *into* the boat and all hooked up. More news: – We had a bit of an unexpected delay late last month as we had to refit the diesel tanks, but they are all good now and it's full steam (or should we say 'sails'?) ahead for Oslo this September we hope. – We also had a close shave with our welding machine. Our last one appeared to give up the ghost, until an emergency transplant (from another dead welding machine) got it up and running again. Our skipper's vision of heaven is a world with nothing but brand new welding machines that never break down. – Life on the farm continues apace. Since we last wrote to you, the Norwegian countryside has exploded into summer. The snow is finally gone and everything is green and dappled with wildflowers. The bees are very happy. Our baby chickens are babies no longer. They are big and bold and getting braver by the day. Every morning they expand their wanderings a little further and yesterday we spotted one looking curiously at the big aluminum monster in the boat-shed. We'll make boat-builders of them yet. – There is drama in the hen-house. Our two roosters, who have been at peace for over a year, have just declared war on each other. – The volunteers are keeping very busy in the sunshine. At the moment we have an Irish woman, an English woman, a Belgian man, a Welshman and a Swede in residence on the farm. A full crew at the moment - but we still have some space for July and August so get in touch if you've a free month and you'd like to help out. – It doesn't get dark until at least midnight now, and even then it's just for a few short hours. More light to build boats in Thank you for your suggestions for sailing movies and boat names. We have them all lined up on our summer schedule. In the meantime we've watched Mutiny on the Bounty (the one with Anthony Hopkins and Mel Gibson) and Troll Hunter (not a sailing movie, but a Norwegian one, so it's been approved on that basis by the captain). Happy almost mid-summer from Sailing the Farm! Pictures: a: happy gang of boatbuilders. b: sails are ready. c: welding lady d: playing guitar in pyjamas. e: the girls dragging the engine onboard. a :http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=1140001&stc=1&d=1434388520 b: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=1139991&stc=1&d=1434388512 c: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=1140011&stc=1&d=1434388533 d: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=1140021&stc=1&d=1434388545 e: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=1140031&stc=1&d=1434388552
  13. Dear old and new volunteers, There are lots of very exciting things happening at Sailing the Farm right now. We are happy to report that after many long and character-building years of boat-building, we're well on our way to sailing later this year. Here's an overview of what's been happening up here lately: - Our aluminum Colin Archer sailboat is taking shape. She is starting to look like a boat, and a good looking boat at that. She is as yet unnamed and suggestions that we call her The Unsinkable have fallen on deaf ears (to the disappointment of our Irish volunteer). Any and all naming suggestions welcome! - We have begun to machine sheaves for the boat. Our red sails arrive soon so it's all go, go, go in the workshop these days. - The heads is progressing quickly and soon it will be possible to take a shower on board. Our Belgian volunteer has fashioned fancy toothbrush holders for all future sea gypsies. - Last week we cut open a section of the boat shed so that we can move the engine on board. This will be a huge milestone for the project. - In April, we had our first official government visit. We are happy to report that she passed with flying colours. - Our volunteers have started watching movies on deck every Thursday night. Their 'Movies on Board' programme is limited to sailing movies (of course). They've watched '180 degrees south' and 'All is Lost' so far. Both come stamped with The Sailing the Farm seal of approval. If you've any sailing movie recommendations, please send them on to us! - Some of our current volunteers/gluttons for punishment are training for the Lillehammer half-marathon in June. At the moment they are getting up at 6:30 to run in the woods before tucking into a breakfast of hearty porridge and a day of boat-building. Some even manage to fit in a spot of meditation before breakfast. - The snow has thawed and we have started to turn the potato field. Our bathroom has been transformed into a temporary nursery while we wait to start planting. Our very versatile bathroom is also home to seven chirpy baby chickens! Our long-serving captain's To-Do-List is diminishing every week, but there's a lot of hard work still to do. We'd love to welcome more volunteers (old and new) this summer. A can-do attitude and lots of enthusiasm are the only skills we require (though more specific skills are very welcome also). So if you are free and can commit to a month, please get in contact with us ASAP so that we can book you in to help. There will be a launch party in Oslo later on this year when she takes to the water. Watch this space! Love, Sailing the Farm. p.s. Now that we're almost there with this boat, we're starting to think about the next stage of the project (we plan to find a farm base away from the Polar winds – somewhere sunnier and closer to the sea where we can build more boats). We are on the lookout for funding ideas and inspiration so if you have any suggestions or experience in this area, please let us know - no ideas too small or crazy (building a boat with volunteers is crazy already!). Pictures a: English girl making blocks for the boat. b: movie night on the boat c: irish girl silicone up inside the boat. d: scaffold building e: early morning mediation (hong-kong girl) f: first crew is already onboard. http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=1097761&stc=1&d=1430765691 http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=1097771&stc=1&d=1430765697 http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=1097781&stc=1&d=1430765704 http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=1097791&stc=1&d=1430765711 http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=1097801&stc=1&d=1430765719 http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=1097811&stc=1&d=1430765777
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