Tavonna Nira and Guðjón Örn here. With our team of tradesmen, engineers and specialists we are starting a farm in Norway where people can visit, stay & experience activities that promote well-being. The farm will have trails, gardens, amphitheater, venue spaces, and serve as a cold-climate demonstration homestead. It’s called GledeGaard – roughly translated, means Happy Farm.
For Love and Happiness – GledeGaard is a dedication to natural simplicity, knowledge and creating good for the community and those who will take over after us – our children [including floofs – aka other living creatures]. Through permaculture design, the farm gives back to the world not only by being sustainable, but also by regenerating natural resources like cleaner air, water and fertile soils. GledeGaard goal is to contribute to the betterment of community (local, regional & international) through nature and its products.
All within the beautiful Norwegian landscape.
Our Mission is to contribute to The Happy Planet Index by reducing our ecological footprint and increasing happiness through our services and permaculture methods.
Our Vision is to create and demonstrate lifestyles where human happiness and well-being does not cost the Earth, our ultimate scarce and finite resource.
Our philosophy is to revere the balance of Nature, create symbiotic relationships with creatures in our habitat and be stewards acting in reflection of our philosophy.
The funds are going to the purchase & final design of the property (88%), while the rest goes to IndieGoGo/PayPal processing fees (10%) and Perks (2%).
Would you say you like breathing clean air, drinking clean water, eating yummy food, nature, farm stays, permaculture, local business, art or academia? You would get to directly and intimately support a project that inspires and maintains values you cherish, things of interest and the environment. Additionally, your contributions have a lasting effect on future generations and many of the features are the farm will be dedicated to those who supported its establishment.
Its permaculture functional design will allow visitors to incorporate 5 daily actions that lead to well-being and happiness. We are looking to implement the following as the property allows:
Cows, sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, rabbits, hedgehogs, ducks, farm cat, farm dog and farmer are the animals that we are looking to have on the property. Depending on property allowances, climate and vet care, we will be able to have most if not all of them.
The farm will primarily provide services associated with venues, such as farm-stays, workshops, internships, and data collection. The homestead will maintain farming adequate to meet the needs of the people working on the farm. Later we are seeking to expand this to farm-to-table products, and should the local market and farm capacity allow, we will participate in local markets and CSAs.
Time is of the essence. As properties are publicly for sale, we are up against other very competitive bidders, for example – established commercial farms with excess capital. Additionally, banks are hesitant to take on the risk of a farm property concerning resale. Oddly enough, not everyone wants to be a farmer. Therefore, we have taken steps to ensure we can give a competitive offer and meet the financial institutions halfway.
We think so.While we wish we could bottle up some happiness and sell it in charming brown paper packages, happiness cannot be produced in that sense. Anyone who says otherwise may be picking your pockets.
It is through the many products and opportunities of the farm that contribute to the well-being that happiness is obtained. We didn’t think of this lightly with unrealistic idealistic optimism. The pioneers of this concept is the New Economics Foundation (NEF) with their Happy Planet Index (HPI). Their statisticians have done extensive research, calculations and published the information for improving businesses and informing the public. The HPI, in conjunction with our Holistic Management, is the foundation and control used to present and measure our happiness product. The farms activities are created to allow people to exercise the 5 actions identified to increase well-being´, and thereby increase their happiness.
**For those curious folks wanting to know more, here is an extremely informative video about HPI put out by the NEF of their presentation for a TED talk.
Contribute to our campaign to further this project and share it on social media and email. We have designed perks we believe you will love that make you an everlasting part of our farm.
We understand not everyone can give financially, so we ask that you share this on social media and more importantly via email. By emailing, you are making a more intimate contribution and people respond to genuine communication.
Please feel free to give us your ideas and suggestions for perks. We would love to hear from you and most definitely wish you to visit the farm.
GledeGaard’s Organization number: 911 721 821
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