The farm in the centre · Sofie Amalie Klougart
The demand for more rewarding production methods in agriculture has made a lot of farms shut down because they cannot adapt to the development. These farms are neither profitable to tear down nor to restore and this has created a landscape of decay in many rural communities. In the Danish village, Kare the inhabitants have to live with the decay. Right in the centre of village lies their former pride, an old farm called Karbygaard, which is completely destroyed by decay.
In 2006, a group of people from the village started the association ‘The Preservation of Karbygaard’. Since then they have been raising money to renovate the farm through fund-raising and charity events. The local newspapers wrote about the ‘passionate people’ and the charity events. They held ‘Live-rock’ and later ‘Music, Coffee and a good story’, but that wasn’t enough to cover the expenses for the renovation of Karbygaard which were about 15,6 million Danish Kroner (2,7 million dollars). The association got two big investors in the project and it seemed that their dream would come true, but after six years of struggling to create life on the farm, one of the investors went bankrupt and the other withdrew it’s economic support. Today the project is set on hold. Some of the inhabitants of Kare have given up hoping that Karbygaard will be restored. Others are waiting for new initiatives and ideas to be realised.