Norway needs thriving communities that can preserve and develop their resource base to prevent population decline. Development of local industry within food and tourism contributes to qualities that build up and maintain the local community.

Local food and local identity

Local production and processing of food strengthens identity, supplies a greater diversity and local wealth. Local food production is an important contribution to Norwegian self-sufficiency.

Norges Vel takes the initiative to develop supply chains for new products. Some examples are local beer, rapeseed oil, and golden barley production from farmers in Østfold. The farmers get increased profits due to owning a larger share of the supply chain, in addition to this the consumers have a greater range of products to choose between when shopping.

Effective cooperation between food producers is often a prerequisite for becoming strong and professional business in a demanding market. We strive towards to finding and establishing the optimal organisational structure. 

As the leader for the Oslofjord Regional Culinary Culture network, we contribute by introducing restaurants to local food producers, this creates a larger turnover of local food and a more excitement in selections available to the customer.

Norges Vel introduced share farming to Norway in 1996, there has been a continuous interest from people who want to produce and harvest their own food ever since. Share farms are a long term cooperation between the consumer and the farmer where responsibility, risk, and harvest are shared in one year deals at a time. Øverland share farm in Akershus, which was the first in Norway, is still the largest and has long waiting lists of people eager to participate.

Tourist experience - The good story

Tourism is one of the world's fastest growing industries, it provides employment and local development. The demand for nature based experiences and activities of a regional taste is increasing. Tourists focused on experiences tend to stay in one place for longer and use more money than typical tourists. Norges Vel is working with comprehensive projects that combine nature, food, and experience into one product.

Norges Vel is dedicated to preserving Norwegian crafts. They are effective at providing wealth, employment and culture for the community. Economuseums provide craftspeople with work, in addition to breathing life back into crafts that might otherwise be lost. The companies are transformed into an exhibition where visitors can see the craft in action, become familiar with the history and buy the products. Many companies have found economuseums very effective and increased their revenue.

It being a coastal nation, a large portion of Norway's population have depended on the sea for their livelihoods throughout history. This has led to a glut of cultural heritage sites along the coast. Many of the traditional boat houses that are located on the beach fall into disrepair. Norges Vel aims to preserve these houses whilst creating new businesses around them with the project «New businesses in old boathouses on the beach» without the buildings losing their unique feel. Overnight spots, cultural centers and places to dine have been established. We also founded the association "The boathouse association: Boathouse news" for owners of boathouses in beach zones..

Business development through cooperation

Many of the tourist experience offers would not have come about without cooperation between local ventures. Through projects like the coast pilgrim fairway Norges Vel gets an overview of local ventures that can be be included.

We have mapped out where boathouses and other abandoned buildings can get new life as lodging for tourists and pilgrims. We contribute to the organisation of local businesses offering complete experiences with nature, culture, dining and lodging, often the entire way from Egersund to Trondheim.