Embracing Change and Valuing Education

Change is an inevitable part of life. It is something that we all experience, whether we like it or not. However, how we embrace change can greatly impact our personal growth and success. In the podcast episode 121 “Embracing change and tradition in Norwegian farming,” Sue Stockdale introduces us to Arild and Gyrid, two individuals who have embraced change in their lives.

Arild is the fifth-generation owner of a small farm in Norway. He inherited the farm from his family, who migrated to Bergen in 1875. Arild’s father, who was forced to work on the farm, did not want his son to have the same experience. He gave Arild the freedom to choose his own path, whether that be continuing the farming tradition or pursuing a different career. This freedom allowed Arild to explore his interests and ultimately find joy in running the farm. By finding joy in his work, Arild has been able to create a fulfilling life for himself.


Gyrid is an employee on the farm and represents another aspect of embracing change. She was a hairdresser before joining Arild’s farm. Transitioning from a completely different profession as a hairdresser to farming was a major change for her. However, Gyrid saw the value in learning new skills as her boyfriend was to take over the running of his family’s farm. She recognized the importance of education and was willing to step out of her comfort zone to pursue a new career.

The podcast also sheds light on the value of education. Arild’s family has a background in baking and confectionery. Despite having the option to become a confectioner, Arild chose to become a farmer. This decision was influenced by his love for outdoor work. However, Arild’s education in baking and confectionery has not gone to waste. He believes that education is crucial for the rehabilitation of inmates and their successful reintegration into society. By providing inmates at the local prison with cooking classes, he gives them a valuable skill that can be used to generate income once they are released. Inmates are involved in making bread for the prison every day, as well as sweets and desserts for special occasions like Christmas and Easter. This not only teaches them culinary skills but also instils a sense of responsibility and accomplishment.

Arild’s story shows us that embracing change can lead to a fulfilling life, while Gyrid’s journey emphasizes the value of education in pursuing new opportunities. By embracing change, we can adapt to the ever-changing world and thrive in our personal and professional lives.

If you want to listen to another episode about a farmer that has changed how they work, then we also recommend Jonathan Cook – Living the Dream as a Dairy Farmer. 

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