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Happy girls in an organic vegetable field
Happy farming girls at Fosen Folk School

Organic Farming

Do you dream of having your own small farm?

Here you can learn to grow vegetables, grain and berries. You’ll also learn to keep animals and slaughter for you and your family to eat. As well as processing of vegetables, milk, and meat. You’ll also get experience with working in the woods, regenerative agriculture, and market gardening.

Students balancing on a slackline on an organic farm in Norway

Life on the Farm

Join us in doing the day to day tasks of maintaining an organic farm, and follow the rhythm of the seasons with sowing, weeding, harvesting, composting and using manure, as well as maintenance, and even fishing.

To witness the birth of an ox and then to watch him grow everyday, or see a hen grow from an egg to laying her own eggs is a truly magical experience.

Newly hatched chicken surrounded by eggs.

Organic and multi-faceted

The school’s organic farm is Debio-certified, and is an important contributor to allow us to be as self-sufficient as possible. On the farm we have hens, pigs, cows, and ducks, and we grow potatoes, vegetables, herbs, grains, and hay.

We follow the whole process from keeping the animals to slaughter and processing the meat and innards. It is crucial to us that the animals live well and that the slaughter is done with the greatest respect for the animal. Once it has been slaughtered we use all parts of the animal: the meat and innards become food, the bones will be stock, and the skin will be tanned and made to leather.

Happy girl in a field of carrots and flowers

Less is more

It’s important for us to be able to grow good food without requiring lots of equipment, or heavy machines.

Across the world we’re seeing small gardens and farms being established, so called Market Gardens, which grow food for a few dozen families with simple but effective equipment.

We see it as a strength to be little.

Newborn calf and its mother. Old norwegian heritage cattle breed.

Caring for livestock

In the course of the year, you’ll have responsibilities to care for the animals, along with other students.

Girl harvesting vegetables

Processing

In the late fall there’s usually time for some processing of the raw ingredients we get from the farm.

From the milk we’ll make yoghurt, butter, and cream cheese.

The meat will be parted, the best cuts saved for later, and the rest ground for sausages and meatballs, and we’ll even dry some of it to make Norway’s famous “spekemat.”

Apples will be pressed to juice, and vegetables fermented.

That’s how we get to eat food we grew ourselves all year round.

Traditional norwegian higland pasture

Mountain farm

The school also has a mountain farm with its own woods where we have our cows graze in the summer, and in the winter we fell trees to become firewood.

We also have a flock of sheep that belongs to an old Norwegian breed further out on an island on the coast.

Organic Farming student at Fosen Folk School harvesting organic onions

An important contributor to the school’s self-sufficiency

Together with the Self-sufficiency class you’ll contribute to making the school as self-sufficient as possible.

The majority of food produced on the farm gets served in the school’s cafeteria.

Girl cuddling a baby lamb at an organic farm

Organic for the Future

We run our farm organically because we believe it to be the future of farming.

Do you want to be a part of the Green movement?

Group of students at Fosen Folk School sorting potatoes after harvest

The year in short:

Autumn

  • Harvesting vegetables
  • Slaughter of sheep and pigs
  • Preservation of food
  • And hard work

Winter

  • Timber felling at the hill-farm
  • Milking of cows and processing their milk
  • Pruning of fruit trees
  • And exciting theory about crop rotation, keeping of farm animals, and the running of an organic farm

Spring

  • Spring Work, probably the most intense work period of the year
  • Which crops will be planted for next year?
  • Which crops can be grown together for maximum yield

In May the whole class will live together on the farm. A new growing season has started and the fields need to be readied, and seeds sown, and sprouts planted, everything done following organic principles. This is to ensure the harvest will be good come summer.

Traditional norwegian farm with white house and red barn

Here you’ll get to:

  • Cultivate grains, hay, vegetables, fruits, and berries
  • Care for cows, sheep, and hens
  • Take part in the work required to run an organic farm
  • Learn to make cheese, butter, and cure meats
  • Slaughter
  • Fell timber
  • Learn to be a more responsible person

Could this be the course for you?

Whether country mouse or city mouse you don't need any beforehand knowledge or experience in farming to take part. Anyone who's interested in farming or agriculture is right for this course.

Whether you want a farm of your own, a garden outside of your townhouse, or just want to know better where your food comes from, then this is the course for you!

Our expectations of you

We expect students to be interrested in learning, ready to work hard, and creating a positive class environment.

Fosen Folk School's farm Nost seen from above
Anton van Genugten er lærer på linja Økologisk småbruk på Fosen Folkehøgskole

Teacher: Anton Van Genugten

Anton is our tall, Dutch jester. He is an energetic acrobatic, often found running around in wooden clogs.

Anton is calm and caring. His gentle approach to agriculture keeps our farm and forest thriving.

He is a compost fanatic and champions a sustainable, organic lifestyle.

Girl and cow relaxing in the field

9 month course

This is a 9 month course, from late august until the end of may.

In addition to your course there are electives and collective courses. The electives on offer change every year, but some of the classics are: tanning of hides, sail making, chest making, outdoor life, forging, knife making, willow weaving, plant dyeing, traditional shoe making, sailing, and textile work.

Whole school classes can be presentations from guest teachers, group work projects, farmwork, even school trips!

Our average student is between 18 and 25 years old, but we also have older students. All students live in the school dorms, and organic food is included in the school fee.

Classes are held in Norwegian, but all our teachers speak English as a second language and will explain in English when necessary. We do, however, expect you to try to learn Norwegian.

Students who are new to the Norwegian language will receive support and guidance with language learning.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions! kontor@fosen.fhs.no