Ever since Ole Martin Kildahl’s ancestors bought Bakken Øvre in 1847, the farm has stayed in the family. Back then, it was called Dunderbakken Øvre, named after a nearby creek that made loud noises when the snow melted every
spring. “Much has happened since those days. First of all, the farm has grown in size, little by little. Today, it measures 550 decares. 200 of those decares are open pasture, with 60 dedicated solely to free-range pigs,” says Kildahl. He now runs the farm, which is full of animals of all shapes and sizes, with his wife Anita, his son Ole Kristian – who became Norway’s youngest cattle farmer a few years back – his three daughters and a hired staff.

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