”In the beautiful mountains of Norway, in the land of the northern lights and the midnight sun, lives Farmgirl. Here she blends old traditions with new, living with her family in harmony with nature." We invite you to follow us on our journey back to the roots, back to a life in harmony with nature and our inner self. Come join our fairy tale!
Hei hei, and welcome to my blog.
This blog is meant to be an inspiration and bring joy in your daily life. I hope to inspire you to want to be more in the nature, and to have awareness of what food you eat, how you spend your time and money, and how you treat the earth and yourself.
"Farmgirl of Norway – Back to the Roots" came to life for many reasons. As I have grown up on a farm and have also lived in cities, I see how far away normal people are getting in their mindset from both the way food is produced and how they are connected to the earth. I think it's sad that the new generation which is now growing up thinks that meat is something that grows in the grocery store, hardly knowing anything about food preparation from scratch, let alone how to conserve and store foods naturally.
I invite you to "join us," as we develop ourselves and our
perspectives.. We are, also, at the beginning of our
Our goal is to live harmoniously with nature, to develop once again the old, inner wisdom of intuition and spirit, to give meaning to the life we live and to live in a way that is sustainable for the earth. Follow our journey back to the roots, in beautiful Norway, of ancient living of ancient knowledge in today's modern world.
My name is Live, ( pronounced “lee-vah”, and it means "life")
I´m 31 years old.
I grew up on a beautiful farm in the middle of the little country Norway. I have always been a happy, enthustiastic and outgoing person. I love seeing the world and sharing with people about where I am from.
I have spent three whole years traveling the world before settling down on our family farm. I have been a foreign exchange student in USA, Las Vegas (!!) ; I have been working on farms and traveling Australia; I have been studying in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico for 4 months, as the beginning of a 10 months' journey through Central, South and North America with my husband Kristoffer; I visited all the continents by the age of 17, and I LOVE traveling. I think it has given me a lot of perspective in life, along with great experiences.
School and work
I met my husband Kristoffer while taking a bachelor degree in Economics in the University of Life Science in Norway. I studied two master degrees: one in Entrepreneurship and Innovation (that I wrote my thesis in), and one in Nature-based Tourism. I have had many different small jobs during my youth, like working at the ski rental at our mountain for several years. After my schooling, I worked as a project manager, developing different businesses in Norway, as well as helping people start businesses in Bosnia and Kosovo. I have for a very long time felt a “calling” toward sharing my knowledge on the basic things in life, wrapped in a package that would catch people's interest...Hence, this blog!
I love the nature and what it can bring us. I love traveling. I love our horses, farm home, interior design, cooking, making things, traditions, horseback riding, and outdoorsy activities like hiking, kayaking and cross-country skiing. I love being outside, and I love to see other people's joy while mastering the things I find important. I'm very interested in finding our way back to the roots, in every aspect of the word. Finding ways to use the world in a harmonious way that is sustainable and pleasing to people as well. Finding ways for people to nourish themselves that does not hurt either humans or nature. Finding our way back to the spiritual aspect of our lives.
Kristoffer (32) and Live (31) – We met in university. We finished our masters, moved home and got married in 2011. We are both from farms, but Kristoffer is youngest of his four siblings, and I am oldest of mine, so it was my home farm we got to inherit. We both share the philosophy of wanting to help the world for the better, and if we by sharing our lifestyle, and way of thinking can contribute to that, that would be wonderful.
Kristoffer has a master of business administration (MBA) with energy economics as his major. He is primarily a farmer, but in the winter time, he runs a project that helps people switch to greener energy, mostly farmers wanting to start with Bio Energy. Our farm runs on bio energy – a power plant we built in 2011. Kristoffer is a kind, down to earth guy and an amazing husband. He solves everything and always has something good to say. He loves outdoorsy stuff, and on the top of his list is hunting.
Liv- our firstborn daughter. Liv was born in February 2014. She is a strong and very happy baby, and we are looking forward to following her steps as she grows up.
The Farm Family
These are the people you will read a lot about in the blog - our Farm Family.
Mommo is my Grandmother. Her real name is Reidun, but no one uses that. Even our friends call her Mommo. I once wrote a postcard to her when we were traveling, with Mommo on it, and she got it. Mommo knows everything, but is very shy to admit that. She grew up having to sew all her kids clothes, make all the food from scratch, and remembers when they got electricity and freezers. WOW, people, think about that!! This was only TWO generations ago! Therefore, she knows a lot of the old practical ways of doing things. I love to learn form her, hear her stories, and just be together. Mommo is 77 years old.
Mamma, Gunhild ( 56), my mother is a very wise woman. She has learned from Mommo, and knows a lot. She is a nurse with an extra psychiatry degree, but she quit her job because she really disliked the way so many doctors prescribed pills to “fix” illnesses, instead of fixing the real reason of the problem. Mamma lives 4 minutes away, with her boyfriend Gunstein, who is a famous singer.
Pappa, Olav ( 57), my dad lives here on the farm with us. He also grew up here on the farm and was a full-time farmer for most of his career. For the other half, he has been the mayor of our village, going on the 12th year now. He knows a lot about farming and loves to be in the nature, like we all do. He has crossed Greenland on skis, and paddled around Svalbard. He studied in Missouri when he was in high school, and that inspired me to take a year abroad too.
Ole Gunnar, my oldest younger brother, (26). Ole Gunnar is a great brother that we spend a lot of time with. He was able to buy a farm on the other side of the lake, called Green, and lives there with his girlfriend Linn. Ole Gunnar studied for a master in Nature-based Tourism, and has taken a year traveling, both living 4 months in the Dominican Republic, and traveled around. He gets along with everyone.
Knut, (23) youngest brother. Knut is a very outdoorsy person, and is still a student. He says he can't decide wether to be an international peacemaker, a Hollywood actor or a nature guide. Quite the character, but I believe he could master them all perfectly if he wanted to. Knut lives here and there, and travels a lot, but has a base at our dad's house here at the farm. Knut is also very likable and a hard worker. Knut has been traveling the world for 6 months.
The Bjerkerud Brothers (and sister): My dad's sister, Gunhild's three kids Tor Martin, Eilev and Viel have pretty much grown up here, too, and are very much a part of the FarmFamily. When we need extra help at the farm, or are going on something fun somewhere, we call them.
Tor Martin (29) is the oldest. He is a Doctor and lives at his family farm while his girlfriend Veronica is a Medical student. He worked a year in DisneyWorld, Florida, USA.
Eilev (26) is a student, studying exercise, and now history. He just bought an apartment with his girlfriend Mia in Oslo. He also traveled the world.
Viel (23) is a student at the University Ås, and is studying Economy. Viel loves my favorite thing to do: horseback riding. I taught her to ride my crazy ex-trot horse at the age of four. She lived in Mexico for 4 months, and loves to travel.
About the farm
Our farm is located under the Northmountain on the east side of the country. Quite funny that the Disney movie Frozen also has a Northmountain, and that the guy's name is Kristoffer - like my husband! I almost felt we should make a new Disney movie here! Do you guys know anyone in Disney I could talk to? ;)
The farm has been in our family lines for at least 11 generations, since the 1700s. We know from an old leather letter in the village that the farm existed in the 1300s, but if you look at where it's located (surrounded by water with fertile grounds), it's very likely that there have been people living here since the last ice age. When the ice retreated, people came. We have found a lot of Viking remains in the village too, so it's safe to say that there have been people on these lands for a very long time. The farm also has a lot of forest on both sides of the lake. It's big-scale to be a Norwegian farm. We have about 300 dekars of farmland for growing, and 6500 dekars of forest.
The heart-shaped tree on our farm. We have not done anything to make it look like that - it's natural. Cool, huh? :)
Norway is a little country with about 5 million inhabitants. We are fortunate to have amazing nature here, with deep fjords and high mountains. Norway is a part of Scandinavia, and we are the most northern country in Europe. We have natural phenomena like midnight sun (where the sun never sets in the summer), and northern lights in the winter (aurora borealis) . We have a lot of wildlife, and an amazing cultivated countryside, as well as untouched nature, and beautiful cities. Our country’s slogan is “powered by nature” and that is true in so many ways! If you want to check out the country to travel here – go to our official travel page www.visitnorway.com
I got my first horse when I was 6 years old. My mom and dad taught me a lot about responsibility, and I had to take care of the horse myself in order to keep it. I have gotten almost wild horses to tame during my youth, and trained them to be very people friendly and easy to ride. The horses I have now are as much beauty and good energy as good riding horses. El Capitan (I named him after the mountain in Yosemite) is a shaggy Arab, male, 18 years old, imported from Sweden. He is an ex-show horse, so he's very good to ride! His nickname is grumpsy, because he is old and stiff. His gallop is amazing. Capra VII is an upper-class Lipizzaner female, imported from Slovenia. She is raised for her good looks, and has only been a mare with foal, and gone to exterior shows her whole life. She is not so educated riding-wise as Capitan, but she learns, and she has a great spirit. I bought both of them in the spring in 2011.
One early morning.
Mjæw1 is a 5 year old male. Half Norwegian Forest cat and half Maincoone, although he thinks he is half lion. Loooooves to cuddle, almost to the extreme! Both have their home in the stable, but love to come inside the house.
Pusilen Fluffy is our newst family member.
All of our dogs are Norwegian Moose Dog, or Viking dogs as they are called. Bamse is the oldest at 8 years (male). Vesla, 3 years, (female) and our new, little angel puppy that the whole family pitched in and bought Kristoffer for his 30th birthday, Frøya. Frøya is named after the Norse goddess. Bamse and Vesla are family names we have had for generations. The Norwegian moose dogs look a lot like the wolf, and are known for not being so friendly, but we have included them in the family since they were puppies, so they are not aggressive at all with the people they know. They are used for moose hunting in the fall.
We like to be self-supplied with eggs, and really like to preserve the old species. That's why we have chosen old types of chickens, many different types, in fact! They used to walk freely until we realized young Frøya (the dog) had started to kill them. Now, they have a special area of the farm to roam that we will build a new fence for next spring.
We have pigs in the summer: a breed called Durox that are walking freely in a huge forest area by the lake. They are slaughtered at the farm with a travelling slaughter that’s one of a kind in Norway. It's amazing to see what this process adds to the pigs' quality of life, and how pure the meat looks and tastes. People that can't have pig meat because of the acid CAN have HappyPigs, both because they get to move around freely, and use their energy and noses like they would in nature, and how they are fed, along with the home-slaughter. If you are going to eat meat from domesticated animals, it sure doesn’t get better than this!!
We have bees to take care of the world, and to get some honey for the winter.
This spring we even got Sheep! We have 20 now, and plan to grow to about 80 winterfeed. They are an old Norwegian breed called Gamel Norsk Spelsau