Kvindelandet

Excerpt from Maize: A Lesbian Country Magazine #49 1996                                 Country Sisters And Lesbians On The Road by Thyme S. Siegel

“I went to Europe to get away from women’s land. And within three weeks of .being in Europe I met a group of women who were wanting to start women’s land. They were traveling in four vans together, mostly from Germany. They had read Country Lesbians, which had been translated into German. (Written and published in Oregon

by the WomanShare Collective, 1976). It was about how to find land, how to process living together as a collective, relationships, communication. They were totally inspired, had left their jobs and been off wandering around for months looking for land and had no money and no place to live.”

This migratory band heard about Kvindelandet in Denmark and traveled there. Danish women had founded this international piece of women’s land in the middle of flat conservative farming country. “They just set up and said, ‘Women of the world, come’. Danish women are wonderful. They brought everything we needed, pots, pans, clothes. It was sixty women on twenty five acres.” “I thought I was coming tor three weeks but I stayed for a year and a half.

I thought we were crowded at Owl Farm but it was nothing compared to Kvindelandet. But it worked. I was very impressed the farming. There was a huge underground house where vegetables were stored and about seven acres of garden. They had two tractors and we raised enough food to feed ourselves.”

“In Denmark there was not’ so much desperation, so much clawing at each other. Maybe European women know how to share small spaces better than Americans. They weren’t so brutal to each other, being right on or right off about everything. People cooked meals because they wanted to, or worked in the garden. I would say, ‘Well, she doesn’t do anything,’ and the Danish women would say, Well, she plays the guitar.’ I had judgements. And they

would just say ‘Cool out’ (laughter). They were more accepting.” “The Danish women lived in harmony

with their native culture whereas we were fighting ours on more levels. Their grandmothers’ things were around, beautiful sweaters their great aunts had knitted. They put these things out for us to wear.     All was provided. We didn’t have electricity and the distractions it brings. No TV, stereos, cars. We were just being there with who we were. It was wonderful.”

         “I felt like the Danish women had learned things from our experience at Owl Farm by osmosis, through the cosmos, even though we didn’t talk much about Owl. They knew how to live together better than we did, that was all. There were hardly any rules. Three rules: No meat, no men, no alcohol.”

 

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