On the Skarbø Farm, our passion is truly sustainable food production. We want to share this passion through creating memorable experiences.
Kristine grew up as a farm girl on Skarbø. Here she became very fond of cows, mountains and her village, and also felt a great desire to explore the world. At the age of 16, she got a golden opportunity to spend a year in Tokyo, and later studied at NMBU, which led to a PhD in anthropology in Georgia, the USA. As a student and researcher, she had the opportunity to live in many places around the world. Along the way she met Carlos, and when they lived in Medellin, Colombia, they decided to return to Norway and become farmers on Stranda.
Carlos comes from Andalucia, Spain. He grew up in the city, but has roots on the Granada coast and Sierra Nevada, where several relatives are farmers. His family always cultivated grapes and made their own wine, and filled their city garden with chicken, vegetables, avocado and citrus trees. In holidays Carlos and his siblings took part in small and big adventures in the Granada countryside with their grandparents, and his family still keeps goats and cattle grazing in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Carlos became an engineer, and when not on the farm, he can be found on the staff of Stranda municipality.
Skarbø is among the older farms of the area, and people have lived and cultivated the land here for more than a thousand years. The farm stretches from the fjord and up to the summer farm (seter) Smørhola in the mountain right above. Down from the hills runs the Skarbø river, dividing the forests and fields in two, and forming the farm’s name: Skar bø means cut field. One fine day in the 1870s, great grandfather Rasmus Skarbø was working down on Storåkeren (“the big field”), below the farmstead. As he worked the soil, he found a sword from the Viking Age. It is with deep respect that we think back at our forefathers and -mothers, who for centuries sustained and were sustained from the very same land that we today care for and live off. Day by day, year by year, generation by generation, they steadily made the land more fertile, laying the foundation for our use of fields, forests and pastures. We hope that for millennia to come, future generations can continue to live and grow food here, and therefore do our best to continue the legacy of farming in a holistic and integrative manner, in harmony with the local landscape and all that is alive.
Skarbø is always bustling with activity. Our goal is for both people and cattle to be happy. The farm is, as it has always been, a family project, and we are three generations working together. We have twenty fine dairy cows, a herd of heifers and calves, seven hens and a rooster, three ducks, the barn cat Siri and the house cat Mina Bella. In addition to lots of fresh grass, we grow fruits and berries, vegetables and potatoes, and then we forage in the forest and fish in the fjord.
Enjoying untraveled food is a great joy in farm life. In spring we work the soil and sow new seeds. In the summer it is full speed ahead, with cultivation, mowing and grazing, both on the hills around the farm and on the moors in the mountain above us. In the fall, it's time to harvest and press and juice and salt and pickle. We think we are lucky to drink fresh milk, and we like to make our own milk products. Now we want to share this joy with you, and have therefore started making cheese, must and cider on a slightly larger scale.
From time to time, journalists come to the farm, and here you can take a look at what they write and film:
Nyss 15.11.2022: Two silvers and a bronze for golden beach bubbles
Horecanytt 05.11.2022: Honor to Skarbø Gard (horecanytt.no)
Innovasjon Norge 03.11.2022: Skarbø Gard receives the business development award in agriculture in Møre og Romsdal
Nyss 03.11.2022: Award to Skarbø: -A brand that gets noticed
Nyss 31.05.2022: Strandasidrar back in the top tier - nyss.no
Bondebladet 09.08.2021: - Farmers are at breaking point - Bondebladet
Sunnmørsposten 04.08.2021: - We cannot live on idealism alone - smp.no
Nyss 04.08.2021: - Can't live on idealism - nyss.no
Storfjordnytt 22.05.2021: Fruitful cooperation in rural areas
Mat fra Norge August 2020: They make liquid gold from Sunnmøre
VG 15.07.2020: VG test of pages: Here are the very best (clipping)
NRK Møre og Romsdal 29.05.2020: In Stranda, a young couple hopes...
NRK Møre og Romsdal 28.05.2020: Apple cider could be Sunnmøre's answer to Champagne
Spirea.no 09.03.2020: Here we found the Taste of Sunnmøre
Sunnmøringen 08.11.2018: Strong placement for Stranda cheese: Bronze medal in the World Cup
Sunnmørsposten 06.07.2018: Now the cider is ready to be sold