Couple put the Viking into ancient farming

The animals, the clothes and the tools at Normandy farm are as authentic as possible, explains Samantha David

The ‘Ferme Gröning’ is a historical reconstruction of a Viking farm in Grumesnil (Seine-Maritime, Normandy).

Owners Frédéric Hanocque and Nathalie Knut Sauma Stofa raise heritage breeds of farm animals, using Viking methods as far as is practicable.

“I started it because I’m passionate about history, and our family is descended from Vikings,” said Mr Hanocque, who bears a strong resemblance to the image of a Viking from a child’s book.

He and Nathalie wear historic costumes when visitors come to the farm, and use historic implements and methods as much ...

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