Agriculture

Keeping the agricultural landscape of the archipelago open and vibrant is a fundamental building block of the Foundation’s work. This is of profound significance not only for visitors but also for the animals and plant life.

It is, therefore, the aim of the Archipelago Foundation on islands that it manages to restore and preserve the cultural land that is of interest for animals, plants and the landscape.

An important aspect is to take over and continue the work of the older generations of peasant farmers. The Archipelago Foundation works to preserve on its land this pinnacle in the history of the cultivated landscape, as an important part of our shared cultural heritage. The Foundation aspires to maintain these traditions in areas in which biological and culture historical values remain, not least within the nature reserves. It is also important to show present and coming generations how the landscape once appeared, and how open, varying and biologically rich it can be.

The Foundation has 16 tenant farms and 30 other leased properties, which all contribute to keeping the landscape open. Livestock owners in the archipelago use pastoral islands, in the traditional manner. The tenant farmer moves his or her animals during the summertime from the main island, where the farm is located, to nearby islands. Many of the uninhabited islands owned by the Foundation are used as pastoral islands. You will here meet a traditional landscape and our four-legged landscape guardians, who will note your arrival with interest.