Welcome to NordicMiniFarm! This blog is about my mini-farm project I started in 2012.

NordicMiniFarm is located in south-west Finland, not far from the city of Turku. The mini-farm project consists of a little over one hectare of land (that’s about three acres, for those of you that don’t use metric), including the plot of our house and one hectare of field adjacent to it. I’m trying to build a sustainable food production system using holistic management practices and permaculture design principles. The aim in the long run is to produce much of our own food, in order to get much better quality food than can be bought in the shops, all organically grown in a polyculture system. Additionally, the food production should be economically viable, at least, if not profitable.

In the process of converting agricultural cropland into an food production system, I’ve been busy implementing a bunch of methods and building a bunch of stuff, like a greenhouse with an active solar heat storage, as well as implements for my little Kubota tractor, such as a dump trailer, a subsoiler and other tools. I spend almost all my free time on this and I love it. It’s a lot of hard work, but it is extremely gratifying, both in an immediate way, as well through the knowledge of building something worthwhile and increasing resiliency in our lives.

bench by pond on permaculture mini-farm

The mini-farm isn’t really a farm yet, to be honest. It will be some day, but now it’s more like a giant garden with some ponds and a huge meadow. It’s a mini-farm or tiny-frarm in the making. I figured it doesn’t really matter whether it is a farm or not, but what it will be down the road. It will be a mini-farm, no doubt. And it is in northern Europe, hence it’s a Nordic mini-farm. There you go. The Nordic part is a little unusual in the way that much of what can be found on the Internet on mini-farming and on permaculture happens in more, shall we say, gardening-firendly climates. We’re at 60° Northern latitude. That’s about the same as Whitehorse in the Yukon or Anchorage in Alaska, but for Finland, this is one of the warmest places. Our geographic location means we have a very short growing season with long days in the summer as well as long, and importantly, dark winters. The long daylight in the summer obviously makes the short growing season very efficient. On the other hand, the lack of solar energy in the winter makes many of the “usual” sustainable growing systems that are used in the mountains in Austria or Colorado, for instance, much more challenging to implement here. But challenging doesn’t mean impossible, so I’ll try my best to adapt these systems to our situation here. If Sepp Holzer can build an abundant and profitable food production system in the coldest place in Austria at 1500m of altitude on steep slopes, then maybe it is possible to something alike in this climate too. There’s no better way to find out than to try, so try is what I do. This blog is all bout trying to build a resilient sulf-sustaining system of abundance in a cold boreal environment, that is, cold climate permaculture.

I hope you enjoy reading it and maybe you find some useful information too.

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