Könkkölä – a social farming environment
Könkkölä is a social employment environment and a Green Care farming environment that is administered by the city of Jyväskylä’s Employment Services. The aim is to develop Könkkölä into a learning and employment environment that utilizes nature and animal assisted methods for employment, entrepreneurship and environmental learning activities. Könkkölä offers variety of vacancies, for example
labour market training programs, work on pay subsidies, activities supporting rehabilitation, and placements for apprenticeship training and occupational trainees.
The whole of the Könkkölä area can be utilized for various entrepreneurship opportunities. It can also be used by schools and academic institutes, organisations and societies. Please feel free to contact us to ask more about the opportunities!
Tel: +358 50 311 8509
History of Könkkölä
Könkkölä farm resides in the Kypärämäki and Köhniö area in Jyväskylä. It was used for farming until 1947 when the farm and its premises were donated to the Jyväskylä’s worker’s association for recreational purposes. The grand main building and the two saunas which are located next to the lake Köhniönjärvi were built in co-operation with volunteers as a community effort. Most of the building material was gathered either from donations or from recycled materials. The Könkkölä property also has other buildings that have been relocated from elsewhere or have been built for storage use, such as an old granary, a root cellar and a white storage shelter, which was transferred from the Jyväskylä city center. The Jyväskylä Museum of Municipal Engineering has administered and maintained most of the buildings, excluding the main building and both saunas, since 1984.
Könkkölä’s communal history is used as a guideline now that we are building the social activity center. We want to further develop and continue to build the farming environment together with local community.
The social petting zoo
In the Könkkölä environment, a social petting zoo will be established in 2017. Its activities are based on the principles of care farming and so it promotes wellness for the animals, workers and visitors.
You are free to come and visit the petting zoo premises free of charge during the opening hours. Upon request we can also organize guided activities for both individuals and groups. Please contact us so we can
help you plan an eventful day according to your wishes!