What is Sigridsminde?

 
 Photo of us by Maria Fynsk Norup

Photo of us by Maria Fynsk Norup

Sigridsminde is an organic small scale flower farm, wedding venue and smallholding on the Danish island, Ærø, run by photographer and garden nerd, Camilla Jørvad.

Sigridsminde is at the centre of our family's desire to live a slow thoughtful life in harmony with nature and the changing seasons, and being as self-sufficient as possible. 

For those who do not speak Danish,  Sigridsminde means In memory of Sigrid. Sigrid was a kind hearted woman who took in my father-in-law when he was very young and came to be a very important person in his life. The family still clearly recalls how Sigrid used to walk around in the garden in the last few years of her life, with her head scarf and apron on, feeding the chickens while making her distinct chuck chuck sounds. It was always in the cards that the farm should stay within the family and I had always wanted to live in a place similar to where I grew up. The farm became a shared dream for my husband and I. 

In the spring of 2014, we found a carpenter who specialized in hand-cut wooden signs and had a little 'ceremony' where we named the house 'Sigridsminde' in honour of the woman who embodied many of the values we share. Every time we enter our driveway and see that wooden sign, it reminds us why we have chosen the life we have.