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How we started a sustainable farm: "We want to show how easy it is to live well"

By Laura Hall
breakfast Stedsans

Photo: Mike Karlsson Lundgren

Most of us can only dream of getting away from it all and going completely off-grid. But for founders of the sustainable restaurant and farm Stedsans, it became a reality...

Mette Helbæk and her husband Flemming run one of the most beautiful sustainable retreats in Scandinavia. Regenerative restaurant and farm Stedsans is set in an ancient forest, 50 km north of Halmstad in Sweden, with 16 simple cabins, a floating sauna on a lake, a boathouse and a semi-open communal dining room with long pine tables.


The whole experience is designed to help you connect with nature, with dinner as the main attraction, a five-course wine-matched menu where plates are piled high with edible flowers, weeds and vegetables gathered in the forest and farm, plus locally-sourced meat, fish and cheese.

We caught up with Mette to find out why she thinks we should all be living in harmony with nature as much as we can.