What is Sigridsminde?
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 became like a mother to him. 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. 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. Bringing out the farm’s full potential became a shared dream for my husband and I.
Since we took over from my parents-in-law, in 2009, we have planted hundreds and hundreds of trees and shrubs. Bit by bit, we continue to transform pesticide-exhausted monoculture farmland into chemical-free woodland, wild life corridors, flower meadows, hedgerows, and wild garden areas where nature thrives. It is our hope that we can one day achieve this on all the land we own.
In the spring of 2014, we found a carpenter who specialises 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.