Aho forest ranger farm

Ahontie 123 Lestijärvi


In 1936, Johannes Anselm Jalander (1897–1967) and his family settled in the Aho forest ranger farm by Lake Lestijärvi. That is when Johannes started as a foreman of the Lesti forest district. In addition to his paid work, he served in many positions of trust in Lestijärvi, such as the chair of the primary school board and of the road maintenance board. He was also an eager hunter and fisherman. Fishing nets, fyke nets and fish traps were made on the farm. Hay, corn and potatoes were cultivated on the farm, which also had three cows, sheep, a pig, and hens. Johannes was also skilled in woodwork and made, for example, a wooden boat and some pieces of furniture for his home. He used leftover timber to build a windmill, whose axle spun the dynamo of a car. Electric current was used to charge the lead-acid batteries of radios brought from nearby areas. 


Today the former Aho forest ranger farm is called Kuturanta, where SF-Caravan Keski-Pohjanmaa provides camping for caravanners as well as services and events such as dancing. The old main building of the farm has been renovated for use by the customers of Kuturanta.