Bilde Norsok

About NORSØK

The private, independent foundation NORSØK is a national centre of expertise for the development of organic agriculture through interdisciplinary research and knowledge dissemination. Its offices are located on Tingvoll gard in the Nordmøre region in northwestern Norway. NORSØK is also responsible for the management of Tingvoll gard, which is to be run as an organic farm. The foundation’s work is based on the four principles of organic agriculture: health, ecology, fairness and care.

NORSØK was established at its present location in 1986. In 1989, NORSØK was granted status as a national centre of expertise for organic agriculture, and in 1997 the foundation was approved as an R&D institute, thus receiving funds via national budget allocations. In 2006, NORSØK was merged with the research institutes Planteforsk and Jordforsk and thus became part of the newly formed Bioforsk. When the Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO) was established on 1 July 2015, it was decided that NIBIO was not to promote any specific farming method, such as organic agriculture. As of 1 January 2016, staff and assignments were transferred from NIBIO to NORSØK, which thus now has the same status as it did in 1989.

NORSØK will contribute knowledge for increasing the sustainability of agriculture and society. Its staff covers a wide range of competence, including basic and advanced research, consulting services and knowledge transfer. NORSØK’s main fields of expertise are organic agriculture and food production, environmental issues, sustainability and renewable energy.

NORSØK has a staff of 17 employees. The managing director is Ms. Turid Strøm.