A brief summary in english

The basics about us; the ecovillage, our ecovillage association and the farm


A brief summary in english

The basics about us; the ecovillage, our ecovillage association and the farm

Kurjen tila – Community village and a biodynamic farm

Kurjen tila (a free translation of this name would be "the Crane Farm")  is located in Western Finland by the lake Pyhäjärvi, ca 170 km from the Finnish capital Helsinki. There is public transport to the farm, although connections are somewhat limited.

The history of the farm can be traced back all the way to the 13th century. In March 2011 the farm was bought by four families with a vision: they wanted to turn it into a biodynamic farm and build an ecological community village alongside it. Since then, ground has been broken on five house construction sites in the village. First three of these houses are already inhabited by the families building them.

The farm consists of the main building (1923) and various farm buildings with a welcoming old garden between them. South of the main building lays the village itself, currently there are five new houses being built by the families in the community. The farm has 200 meters of shoreline.

the farm

The farm cultivates roughly 30 hectares of biodynamically-maintained fields and natural pastures. For domestic animals, there are between 16-20 heads of finncattle, some 20 finnsheep ewe's and around 20 hens. On top of that, there are several cats and dogs aswell.

The farm is managed by Ari and Ira Hellstén. Ari manages the arable farming, whereas Ira is a gardener. Animal care is done together. Gardening work, weeding and harvesting are a matter of great importance in the year cycle of the farm. All these seasonal duties are open for the people of the village and surrounding areas to attend. 

The underlying idea with the farm is to enrich the life of the villagers and and visitors of Kurjen tila around the year. The primary goal of course being the production of first-class biodynamic produce, be it carrots, cabbage or beef. 


The land and co-used buildings on the farm are owned by Kurki Farm Ltd. Families moving into the village pay a rent for their building lots and each family will build their own house. There will be eight new buildings and the existing two houses will house one family each. All in all there will be 10 households residing in the village. 

the eco-village association

The eco-village association of Kurjen Tila organizes cultural, social and international projects at the estate. The association arranges activities such as the harvest fair in the fall, different types of events for children as well as the entry of foreign voluntary workers to Kurjen Tila. 

Alongside these self-organized events, different artists, musicians and actors hold their show's in our milieu. 


Volunteering in kurjen tila

 information about the voluntary work in our community

Volunteering in kurjen tila

 information about the voluntary work in our community


The European Solidarity Corps is the new European Union initiative which creates opportunities for young people (from 18 to 30 years old) to volunteer or work in projects in their own country or abroad that benefit communities and people around Europe. The ESC funding covers accommodation, food, insurance, pocket money, and most of the traveling costs.

Kurjen Tila has offered volunteering opportunities as a host organisation since 2013. We have had total of 39 EVS-volunteers from 9 countries. Our next project, now part of ESC program, lasts eight months and starts in May 2019. It is named SUSTAINABILITY RULES! If you are interested to join, please contact us soon! We are now looking for candidates from EU countries. Emails to address: kurkiecovillage(at)

volunteering in kurjen tila eco-village


The volunteers work for the project around 34-38 hours per week from Tuesday to Saturday, and they will get 14,5 days of vacation in addition to free weekends. The volunteers will receive a pocket money of 150 euros per month in addition to accommodation, food, work related traveling and other necessities.

job description

We offer an opportunity to learn by doing and living in our community together with different people. Volunteers will gain new experiences by participating in the everyday chores of our village, from cooking, to mainteinance of ecological building and participating in different events.

The main task is the seasonal nature work in which the volunteers will learn the year cycle of nature, what the nature offers seasonally and know how to use them fresh and processed.

The volunteers are also the responsible of cooking healthy ecological lunches for the whole community (from 10 to 40 people) using seasonal ingredients and the product collected and conserved. During summer they prepare a cafeteria with lot of delicious food and beverage.

We also cooperate with Vesilahti actors, for exemple schools, youth club and healt center.

Our volunteers will also help organize events like seasonal temathic fairs concerning the sustainability and countryside life.

living conditions

The volunteers will be living togheter in their own ecological building. The immediate surrounding area is peaceful countryside of Vesilahti,a nice small municipality of roughly 4500 residents, 35 kilometers from the third biggest city of Finland, Tampere. Kurjen Tila has strong connections with Tampere, most of our residents are employed within the city. You can research the surrounding area through google maps here

Public transport between Vesilahti and Tampere is solid and the volunteers can reach easily the city. 

the blog

Our volunteers from previous years have all been writing on this blog, go check it out!