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The milk maid churning butter at the mountain farm. Photo: Esben Haakenstad / Maihaugen

Barhussetra. Foto: Maihaugen

Barhussetra from about 1800. Photo: Maihaugen.

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Setergrenda består av flere setrer og viser hvordan seterbruket har utviklet seg. The Mountain farm area consists of several mountain farms, and shows the development of mountain farming. Photo: Audbjørn Rønning/Maihaugen.

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Autumn at the mountain farms. Photo: Stein Gunnar Nørsterud / Maihaugen.

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Dølakua har en kvilestund. Foto: Veslemøy Furuseth

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Dølakua trives i setergrenda. Foto: Jørgen Skaug

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Photo: Esben Haakenstad

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Foto: Camilla Damgård / Maihaugen

The Mountain Farms

This collection of buildings represents various kinds of mountain farms and shows the development of mountain farming. A mountain farm was a grazing area and had buildings for people and animals. The first mountain farms only consisted of simple cottages, but this changed as mountain farming developed into a substantial and important part of farming in general. The production of food for winter supply, such as milk, cheese, butter and meat, was made on the mountain farms. Most of the food that was produced on a mountain farm was either sold or bartered, and was an important source of income.