Farming

The largest part of Engerdal consists of mountains, barren forests and large wetlands. The farming in Engerdal was limited, but has through the centuries been essential to the subsistence of families. In the north of Engerdal the farming conditions are dominated by some of the most extreme conditions in Norway. The museum has chosen to focus on the farming in these areas of Engerdal.

Traditionally the farming has almost exclusively been based on cattle raising. Sheep, goats, and cattle were livestock that could thrive at the outlying fields. In addition to keeping livestock, the people of Engerdal were involved in several other activities; fishing, hunting, production of charcoal, transportation of charcoal, forestry and iron production.

Most of the animals’ winter feed came from the seters (outlying farmhouses) and from distant outlying fields that required a lot of work. From about Saint John’s Eve and until the snow came, people would harvest winter feed to the animals on the outlying fields, among other places.    

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    Potato field at Blokkodden Wilderness Museum Bård Løken/Anno museum