1. Who are you?
My name is Jan Veltman. I was born in 1986 in The Netherlands. I’ve been living in Finland since 2014. I recently moved with my partner Kirsi to Lassila Farm, to the old talkoomökki! My hobbies are: cooking, mushroom picking, gardening, cycling, camping, guitar playing and enjoying nature in all possible ways.
2. What fascinates you in Oma Maa?
Basically Everything. Most of all that we are trying to make the world a better place. That we are an alternative for the terrible (food) system that is destroying the planet. Then there’s the endless possibilities we have to make and do what we want and the huge variety of tasks, which makes every day a new adventure. The possibility to learn about almost anything you can think of. And of course the likeminded people I work with everyday.
It’s an amazing feeling to put my time and effort into something that makes me so proud that I want to tell all about it to the people around me. And to have this intrinsic motivation to work as much as I can to make this thing work!
3. Where you have been working other stuff or farming before?
At home we had a vegetable garden too and when I was old enough to work I got my first summer job at a greenhouse picking cucumbers.
In Finland I have attended cooking school and have worked in several restaurants as a cook. I also worked for a company that builds and maintains yards and parks in the city of Helsinki. Before I found Oma Maa I spend a few months in Colombia where I volunteered at a permaculture farm.
4. How the world will change in your dreams? (Your utopia…)
Because I believe that all people want to do good, but that the current system is making it very difficult to live your life the way you would actually want to. If for example there was more openess about the production of food and especially meat, people would make very different choices.
So in my ideal world there would be a basic income for everyone. That way we can choose how we spend our time. Everything we do would be based on our own values and beliefs in stead of on making money.
5. What is your favorite part and the hardest part in working in this co-op?