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Tenant farmers' allotment

A tenant farmer (husmann) was a farmer who worked on land he didn't own, and paid rent for the land and his home in the form of labour service to the owner of the land. In this way, the landowner was able to maintain a workforce, while the tenant farmers were ensured work and were able to marry and raise a family.


The Tenant farmers' allotment was usually placed on the outskirts of a farm where the earth was poorest. In eastern Norway labour service was particularly difficult, with the tenant farmer working a full work week for the land owner and only having time to farm his allotment during evenings and on Sundays. So women and children were often the main workers on the tenants' allotment.

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