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A few decades back summer farms located in the mountains were widely used in Norwegian agriculture, and the main purpose was to make better use of the food for the animals. By bringing the cattle to the mountains for the summer the grass on the home farm could be dried and stored for winter use.

The animals were mostly cows, but also goats were taken to the summer farm. In addition the sheep were living in the mountains during summer, but they were roaming freely independent of the summer farm.

Summer farm production used to be cow or goat milk, and the milk in its turn was made into butter and cheese. This reduced the transportation volume and increased durability, which was important since the summer farm usually was located in a remote area and not easily accessible by other transportation than horses.

Later the need to reduce use of expensive manpower in farming also implied the end of summer farms in the traditional sense, and the number of active summer farms decreased dramatically after WW II.

The humble place we see here was never used for recreational purposes like so many others, after the summer farming came to an end. But I notice the house got the turf roof replaced so maybe there is hope…

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Additional Photos by Pablo Minto (pablominto) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9892 W: 315 N: 14432] (53746)
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