Alm Gard is a Biodynamic farm in Feios, Sogn of Fjordane, run by Guus Morel and Laurien. The farm has cows, chickens, horses, bees, vegetables and berry production.
Guus and Laurien moved from the Netherlands 10 years ago to establish their farm. While Guus has always had a passion for farming, to purchase a farm in the Netherlands can be very pricey and without prior farming experience, nearly impossible. At first Laurien was unwilling to move away from her homeland. Though while on a vacation in Norway, she said ‘I think I could move here!’ She only had to say that once.
10 years later, the Morel’s have established themselves a high quality organic ice cream production made solely from whole products. They have several flavors of ice cream and sorbet that are sure to please you. They produce icecream with all ingredients (aside from the sugar) produced on their farm, such as the blueberry, honey-lemon, strawberry, red current as well as varieties with foreign ingredients such as bailey, chocolate and vanilla. Last year Almgard was credited as being the best ice cream of Norway.
They have two milking cows on the farm that supplies the milk and cream necessary. In addition, they do grow some of their berries on the farm, notably raspberries (given that Feios is the raspberry capital of Norway), for their ingredients. Besides growing the fodder for the animals and some vegetables for home consumption, Guus grows as much fodder as he can on the farm for his cows and horses, as well as rents out three guest houses in the summer for some additional income.
For Guus, farming is a passion because his efforts are translated into something real, which he can see the results. His passion for birds, soil and the well-being of the land make him a true steward of the land.
This year, they will be expanding their ice cream factory in order to have all their freezers and storage in one place. Finally! After 10 years of hard work, the enterprise is paying off!
You can find the Morel’s selling their ice cream at the Bergen’s Bondemarked during the summer months, and in BUA, suring the sunny months.
If you want to know more about Almgard you can visit their website: www.almgard.com