Tingvoll Gard (Photo: Anita Land)
(Photo: Anita Land)

Tingvoll Gard as a Research and Educational Arena

A new dairy barn was constructed in 2011. It is made of wood, uninsulated and has natural ventilation. Dairy cows and younglings have free access to an open-air run when they are not on pasture. The barn is designed to accommodate research, trials and educational activities.


Cropland, pastures and outlying land areas are used for various experiments, field trials and demonstrations. Several long-term field trials have been established on the farm.

Biogas plant

The farm has a biogas plant that produces biogas from the farm’s livestock manure and a variety of additional substrates. The plant, which provides heat to NORSØK’s on-farm office building, has two digesters and two different substrate streams, and is used for research, training and information.

Tingvoll Solar and Bioenergy Centre

The Tingvoll Solar and Bioenergy Centre is a regional centre of expertise, with the aim of increasing awareness and knowledge about solar and bioenergy. The centre also contributes to promoting sustainable energy use. It consists of full-scale biogas, woodchip-burning and solar heating facilities, as well as a demonstrational solar electricity plant. A wind turbine is under construction. The centre arranges courses, workshops and guided tours, and also enables research to be conducted using its different facilities.

Educational garden and public park

The Stjernehagen (”Star garden”) is a demonstration garden for small-scale growers. Here, we provide information and advice to visitors about how to grow organic vegetables, herbs and berries. We wish to inspire the cultivation of useful plants in gardens, and to demonstrate how to combine food production with ornamental aspects. The demonstration garden is intended to be a source of inspiration, and provides a space in which we can arrange courses and workshops. Part of Stjernehagen is used as a school garden that allows us to do pedagogical research and development, linking pedagogics with horticulture and other uses of our natural resources.
The garden is connected to a park area, including paths, a small climbing facility and animal enclosures, in which sheep, goats, chickens and pigs are kept during the summer months.