Do you dream of sowing, growing and harvesting your own organic vegetables? Community Supported Agriculture is in the wind. Examples of this in Trøndelag include Medalhus Andelslandbruk, just a 20-minute drive from Trondheim.
Coming here to pick fresh vegetables to take home is pure luxury for member Lars Uthaug. He runs Melhus Bakery and is the man behind the biscuit Ølsprøtt, which has the remnants of beer brewing as an additive. Consequently, he knows a thing or two about sustainability.
“This is a win-win for all parties,” he says as he pulls a fennel plant out of the ground and sniffs the scent of liquorice. He then fills his basket with kale, chard, garlic and radishes.
Astrid Sæther has more than the CSA to take care of. Grain, grass and potatoes are also grown on the farm, and they have cattle, calves and bulls to supervise during the summer. Most of the animals are grazing in the mountains and on uncultivated land in Klæbu and Selbu, while two are having a summer holiday at Sverresborg Museum this year. “My cattle belong to one of the six preservation-worthy old cattle breeds we have in Norway. This breed originally belonged here in Trøndelag, so they fit in extremely well at the museum,” she says with rippling laughter.
Astrid is extremely concerned about animal welfare.
“I want to have livestock that can withstand being visited 24/7,” she says.
It’s no secret that she loves cows. She calls out to the bull Jasper, who jogs to her like a dog. He and the other two bulls will soon be sent for slaughter.
“But they have spent two lovely, long summers grazing before that happens,” she assures us.
This makes the farm a great place to be for people and animals alike.
Written by Anne-Lise Aakervik