Emissions and waste management
We use environmentally certified cleaning products and amenities throughout our entire facility. Of course, we sort our rubbish. We deliver glass and metal to recycling stations at Sunnfjord Miljøverk. Cardboard and plastic are also sorted separately. Our hens are extremely happy with the food waste. Residual waste is collected every week. We have also installed a new and upgraded sewage treatment plant on our property. As we have a private facility, this has been a significant financial investment for us.
Since we don’t have a bus service here, we are compelled to use our own car for essential errands. We have an electric car that we utilize as much as possible to reduce emissions.
Care of natural landscapes
As we have our own flock of sheep, they are, of course, also important for maintaining the cultural landscape. This landscape has been shaped through centuries of farming and co-existence with the nature around us. The sheep graze on the infield in the spring and autumn. In the summer, they are on mountain pastures. While they are on the mountain pasture, we let the infield grow and harvest the grass for winter fodder for the animals. In winter, the sheep are in the barn. We spread the fertilizer on the infield, which helps the grass grow better.
We send the skins from our sheep to be tanned and receive beautiful, warm skins in return. We deliver wool to Nortura, which then goes on to yarn and textile production. We aspire to deliver our wool to a spinning mill and get our own yarn from our own sheep on the farm.
Dissemination of local history and local values
Through our philosophy of reuse, we visually convey a lot of history, as we bring the old into the new era and strive to create an atmosphere where this interacts. We also enjoy telling stories about people, surroundings, and ways of life. This is often communicated orally, but we also have a number of small “stories” placed around Flatheim, as well as many books with historical content available in our peaceful house. We also convey a lot through our homepage. We are the 12th and 13th generations in a direct family line living on the farm. We are the 3rd and 4th generations to welcome guests. From 2024, we are proud members of “De Historiske hotell og spiesesteder” and hope this will help us achieve even stronger and clearer communication. The dissemination of history enhances the experience and strengthens the memory of Flatheim.