Framtida Bruk is the name of our farm in Southern Sweden. It comes from a Swedish saying that means ‘for use in the future’, and for a long time, that described our dreams and plans about moving to the countryside and conduct a lifestyle with more fulfilling experiences and less stressful annoyances.
Framtida bruk is also a play with words, that has many meanings. It can be translated as ‘modern methods’ that describes what we are developing continuously, as we strive to combine modern technology with sustainable and efficient agriculture.
Another meaning that connects to our standpoint in sociology and technology is ‘future customs’. That is to us the need for not only transforming the way we work with animals and crops, but also challenge the traditions and customs that once described how agriculture was successfully performed, but not necessarily still is.
Our vision is to find ways to make use of modern methods such as cheap, smallscale, diy electronics combined with agile, deductive and decentralized methodologies. That in order to create an alternative to industrial, highly specialized and investment driven farming.
Who are we?
The farm is inhabited by Nils and Claire Sjöström and our growing family of animals:
– Our dogs Raoul, a borderaussie and Thor, a boerboel
– Kloa, the house-cat, as well as a barn-cat named Maxi who has decided he is moving in with us and refuses to leave the house…
– The goats – 42 Swedish native breed milking goats. The oldest ones who were the first to arrive at the farm named after different states in the US such as Florida, Alaska, Hawaii, Maine, etc (the story behind this is that we bought them on July 4th!). The first group born at the farm (2018) are named after Greek goddesses and mythical creatures. The second group born at the farm (2019) are named after variuos cheeses such as Caciotta, Asiago, Grevie.
– The goat kids, born in 2020 – female goats named after famous rock singers.
– 3 billy goats; the two breeding bucks Ove and Fritjof, and one neutered billy named Mini-Glenn.
– About 40 chickens.
– A few barn-cats.
We plan to expand the farm with some turkeys, and of course a couple of horses when the time is right. Our goal is to keep about 40 milking goats, but during the spring/summer we have up to 100 goats on the farm since we raise all of the kids.