Å jeg vet en seter_Kaffepause på Graven seter, Hornsjøen, Øyer. Foto: Ukjent/Maihaugen
Coffee break at Graven seter, Hornsjøen, Øyer. Photo: Unknown/Maihaugen

Summer farming!

7. June

15. September

Every day

Summer farming – the magical meeting between culture and nature.

Welcome to the summer farming hamlet at Maihaugen!

This outdoor poster exhibition placed at the Valbjørgsetra, thematizes the practice at “the seter”, the summer farming, today and in the past. A seter (also called a «støl») is an additional farm traditionally used for grazing livestock during the summer months. It functions as its own operational unit and is usually located several kilometers from the main farm. A seter has accommodations for both people and livestock, and land for livestock to graze on. This can include both cultivated and uncultivated land, forests and mountains.

Once the animals are on the seter, the land surrounding the main farm becomes available for cultivating crops like grain, potatoes, and winter feed. The animals on the seter produce milk, which can be processed on-site to create durable dairy products such as butter and cheese. In the past, these products constituted a significant portion of the winter food supply and were even used for paying taxes and other expenses.

«Budeia» is the most important person on a seter. Traditionally, this was a woman responsible for milking, caring for the animals, and processing milk into dairy products. Today, both women and men can hold this role, either as «budeie» or «budør».

The live at the seter is a live closely connected to the mountains and animals. Fairytale, songs and music, hard work, friendships and magical meetings between culture and nature is all part of past and presents experiences in Gudbrandsdalen.

Foto: Steinsetra ca. 1933 – Øyer og Tretten Historielag