2nd International ÉCONOMUSÉE® Network Conference

Ocotber 15-19, 2017
Bergen, Norway

The ÉCONOMUSÉE Network (EN) is growing rapidly in different countries, provinces, and territories, and is soon to welcome the100th Économusée to the fold. Artisans have met at national and provincial forums over the years, the last international meeting taking place five years ago in Quebec City, Canada.

Artisans across the network now want to explore all the benefits of being part of an international body and to look at how the EN could be strengthened. The Craft Reach Project currently under way, funded by the Northern Periphery and Artic Program and bringing together Northern Europe partners and the ÉCONOMUSÉE Network Society, aims at building cross border relationships between artisans so that they can share experiences and ultimately increase their sales throughout the network.

On the eve of the 10th anniversary of the first expansion of the network in Northern Europe and to mark the 25th anniversary of the ÉCONOMUSÉE Network Society in 2017, it was high time to organize this second international meeting of the ÉCONOMUSÉE Network for the benefit of member artisans. The event consists of three parts, starting with one day of économusée visits, continuing with a two-day conference, and closing with more économusée visits, including a tour of the fjords of Norway. The first and last parts of the event are optional.


— Bringing artisans together to learn from each other and establish new connections across the growing international network

— Fostering a sharing of experiences and best practices among artisans

— Strengthening relationships between all partners

— Discovering the Norwegian ÉCONOMUSÉE

— Crafting the future of the ÉCONOMUSÉE Network

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Craft Reach project steering group meeting in Jämtland Härjedalen, Sweden

The Craft Reach project had its 7th partner meeting in sunny Östersund 12-16 June 2017. The local partner, Ingela Fredell and her staff from Region Jämtland Härjedalen had put together an exciting program including visits to Nybo Gård and KGB Économusée.

On Tuesday, the project steering group had its long meeting with many different matters on the agenda. How to continue the important work after ending the project was one of the important matters. Every country wants to continue working with the Économusé concept, and increase the network. It is also an objective to get the artisans in the international network closer and identify how they can collaborate more. That is one of the reasons why we will arrange the 2nd International Conference in Bergen, Norway in October this year. The program is soon ready to be launched, and we hope that it will be a fruitful conference for the artisans from different countries.

Back to Sweden. On Wednesday, we visit Nybo Farm, the farm is run by the family Anna, Torbjörn and Manne. Thorbjörn’s father built the farm in 1931, and they now breed Highland cattle and sell their meat in different products. They have a restaurant in the middle of the forest, that is very popular during Christmas. They also have a farm shop with a bakery where they sell flatbread and meat. At Nybo Farm many of us tasted meat from bear for our first time! Nybo Farm is in the process of becoming an Économusée.

We also visited KGB Économusée – Klövsjö Gårdsbryggeri – that is a microbrewery located in Klövsjö in Jämtland. The brewery was founded by brewer Jan Zakrisson and has been running since 2010. They offer guided tours in the brewery, an exhibition, a restaurant and a shop, beer tasting, and you can even make your own beer! Jan’s daughter and her husband run the restaurant, and we were lucky to have dinner at this lovely place. Reindeer from Sweden was on the menu, and it was just delicious. Highly recommending a tour to the KGB Économusée!

In our last day, Thursday, circular economy was on the agenda. How could we not waste anything? How can waste from one value chain be used as a resource in another value chain? Johan Åkerström led a workshop with this as a theme. We had good discussion about how our Économusées can be more aware of this, although many of the Économusées already are focusing on this critical issue.

After the workshop, we visited Storsjöhyttan Économusée in Östersund. It was founded in 1995 as the first studio glassworks in the county of Jämtland, and it is owned and run by three women. They have succeeded in building up a reliable market for their confidently designed glassware. The three owners, Nilla, Ulla and Anna Lena met at the Orrefors School of Glassmaking and there they conceived the idea of a glassworks of their own. We all got the opportunity to try to blow glass, which is quite difficult!

Outside the glasswork studio Ingela had asked a black smith, spinnery-maker and a ceramist to put up a small workshop so that we could try the different handicraft. Great fun!

See you all at the conference in Bergen!

Ingela Fredell, with the magic key! 

Dinner at KGB Restaurant, highly recommended by the Craft Reach project steering group! 

Workshop with circular economy on the agenda!

Welcome to the sixth Économusée in the United Kingdom, Broughgammon Farm

Broughgammon Farm in Ballycastle was launched as the sixth Économusée in the United Kingdom on Thursday 8th June 2017. Guest speakers included celebrity chef Paula McIntyre and Graham Thompson, Chief Executive of Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust and project partner of Économusée Craft Reach in Northern Ireland.

Paula McIntyre said: ‘It is an honour to launch and welcome Broughgammon Farm into the Économusée network. This artisan branding has been making a lot of noise lately with the recent success at the Northern Ireland Tourism Awards and the Économusée launches of Ursa Minor Bakehouse in Ballycastle and Hillstown Brewery in Ahoghill. 

The Cole family and Broughgammon Farm through their commitment to holistic farming, passion for good food and award-winning products is a champion addition to this network. I would like to take this opportunity to wish Broughgammon Farm and all the artisans within the Économusée network a very successful future’.

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The Cole family, GrahamThompson from CCGHT, and Paula McIntyre

Graham commented: “Économusée translates to working or living museum and by visiting one of our six Économusées, tourists and visitors will get an enhanced experience; learn about the history of the craft and the business; the enthusiasm of the artist along with the added opportunity of meeting the artisans face to face and discovering the beauty and authenticity of the products made and sold onsite.

Our six Économusée artisan workshops include Hillstown Brewery in Ahoghill, Steensons Jewellery in Glenarm, Scullion Hurls in Loughgiel, Broighter Gold in Limavady and Ursa Minor Bakehouse and Broughgammon Goat Farm in Ballycastle. 

These unique visitor attractions add to the overall experiential tourism of the Causeway Coastal Route.  Two of the artisan workshops are in the Mid & East Antrim Borough Council and four in the Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council.”

Charlie Cole commented: “Broughgammon Farm is a family run, forward-thinking farm, specialising in artisan food production. We have an ethos based around sustainability, focussing on Kid Goat, Free Range Rose Veal and Seasonal Wild Game. 

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As part of our commitment to the Économusée network we will offer visitors pre-booked artisan butchery classes; tours of the farm where they will see the storyboards, which tell the history of the farm and the butchery process and, with our farm shop, visitors will have the added opportunity to purchase our ‘farm to fork’ products. ”

Économusée, is a concept that was developed in Québec and involves partners from Canada, Norway, Sweden, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.  There are currently 70 ÉCONOMUSÉE workshops across these 8 countries with an additional 23 to be launched by March 2018.  Phase III of the ÉCONOMUSÉE project entitled Craft Reach began in April 2015 and is funded by Interreg VB Northern Periphery and Arctic Area Programme 2014-2020

Special thanks to Northern Periphery & Arctic Area Programme, SEUPB, Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council, Tourism NI, Heritage Lottery Fund and Impact Print in Ballycastle.

More information:

Broughgammon Farm Shop, 50 Straid Road, Ballycastle, Co.Antrim, BT546NP

Hillstown Brewery Économusée launched as the 5th in the United Kingdom on Wednesday 31st May 2017

 Raising the Bar at Hillstown Brewery

Freelance Television presenter, Pamela Ballantine officially launched Hillstown Brewery as the fifth ÉCONOMUSÉE in the United Kingdom today; Wednesday 31st May 2017.  The launch took place at Hillstown Brewery in Randalstown; a short drive from the vibrant town of Ballymena.  The Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust (CCGHT) is the lead partner in Northern Ireland managing the ÉCONOMUSÉE Craft Reach project, funded by Interreg VB Northern Periphery and Arctic Area Programme 2014-2020, Tourism NI, Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council and Mid & East Antrim Borough Council. 

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Nigel Logan from Hillstown Farm and one of the Directors of Hillstown Brewery commented: ‘A few years ago we produced a craft beer to feed to our cattle to create wagyu Beef which is a popular Japanese style beef. This led to a partnership with Get ‘er Brewed and the development of Hillstown Brewery.  We approached the Causeway Coast & Glens Heritage Trust about the Economusee concept as we felt that Hillstown could offer visitors an insight into the craft and heritage of farming and the unique diversification into the brewery business.’

Nigel’s business partner Jonathan Mitchell added: ‘We have worked closely with Causeway Coast & Glens Heritage Trust and Circle Creative Communications to design, develop and install storyboards and infographics which explain the history and process of the brewery business here at Hillstown.  Visitors will be able to take a tour of brewery which is guaranteed to stimulate all five senses!’

ÉCONOMUSÉE, (Artisans at Work) is a concept that was developed in Québec and involves partners from Canada, Norway, Sweden, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.  By March 2018 there will be 93 Économusée workshops across these 8 countries.   Phase III of the ÉCONOMUSÉE project began in April 2015   Graham Thompson, Chief Executive of the Causeway Coast & Glens Heritage Trust said: ‘We are delighted to welcome Hillstown Brewery to our growing Economusee network in the Causeway Coast & Glens Heritage Trust area, especially as they become the second Économusée artisan within the Mid & East Antrim Borough Council area. 

We are also delighted to announce that at the 2017 Tourism NI Annual Awards the Économusée Artisan at Work concept was Highly Commended in the Tourism Innovation Category. Visitors to our region can now experience a unique and cultural tour of six Économusée workshops; Broighter Gold Rapeseed Oil in Limavady, Scullion Hurls in Loughgiel, Steenson’s Jewellers in Glenarm, Hillstown Brewery in Ahoghill, Ursa Minor Bakehouse and Broughgammon Farm in Ballycastle.  Each workshop is situated on or close by the famous Causeway Coastal Route making it an attractive and accessible craft trail.’.

By visiting each of the ÉCONOMUSÉE artisan workshops, tourists and visitors will gain an enhanced experience, learn about the history of the craft and the business, the enthusiasm of the artist along with the added opportunity of meeting the artisans face to face and discovering the beauty and authenticity of the products made and sold onsite.

Each ÉCONOMUSÉE artisan has their own story to share; this is illustrated with storyboards, carefully mapped throughout the workshops to capture the journey, the history, craft and skill of the artist.

The season is starting.

Kåre Spissøy, Craft Reach project leader, continued his tour of the partner countries in May. Next in line was Iceland, May 8-9th.

After short visit to Matis, two very different Economusee where visited together with Thora Valsdóttir, Matís: Erpsstaðir Creamery and the Tannery visitor centre.

At Erpsstaðir Creamery in Dalir the preperation for the following season is on full swing. Despite officially closed until May 15th and in full action redesigning the visitor centre, customers were standing on the door to buy. No worries, all customers were of course served. Official opening as Economusee is planned in late June. This will be the first phase of the visitor centre transformation, second will take place next winter.

The Tannery visitor centre in Sauðárkrókur is one of the first Economusee in Iceland. This is a very good example of how Economusee can be. It has unique production, based on tradition and innovation. A very conseus company focusing on sustainability from all aspects. From its perspective Economusee concept is a good match to the way the company operates, however to use its full potential, more cooperation would be beneficial on the marketing site.

On the way back to Reykjavík, we had a very good meeting with the the Federation of Municipalities in West-Iceland (SSV), located in Borgarnes. The topic of the meeting was How to use the Economusee concept as a driving force in regional development. The concept of Economusee was introduced as well as the network, the Craft Reach project and its activities. Lively discussions where possibilities for future cooperation were explored.


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Kåre Spissøy with Thorgrimur Einar Gudbjartsson

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The Tannery Visitor Centre: from the store, fish skins in all kinds of colours 

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The Tannery Visitor Centre: Steinunn Gudsteinsdóttir explaining the production of fish leather for Kåre Spissøy


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ÉCONOMUSÉE opening of The Cider House in lovely sun

With beautiful tones from St. Edmunds Church choir and sparkling cider in our glasses The Cider House was launched as the 12th ÉCONOMUSÉE in Norway. In the garden 60 guests were gathered from the local society, the municipality of Balestrand, representatives from the government, other ÉCONOMUSÉE companies and students from an Erasmus project. It was a beautiful sunny day in Balestrand and in perfect surroundings the Minister of Agriculture and Food, Jon Georg Dale, and the Ambassador /Head of the EU Delegation to Norway, Helen Campbell, officially launched TheCider House as a member of the ÉCONOMUSÉE family.



The Minister of Agriculture and Food and head of the EU delegation to Norway opens The Cider House ÉCONOMUSÉE. Photo: Hordaland fylkeskommune. 


ÉCONOMUSÉE, (Artisans at Work) is a concept that was developed in Québec and involves partners from Canada, Norway, Sweden, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.  There are currently 70 ÉCONOMUSÉE workshops across these 8 countries with an additional 20 to be launched by March 2018.  Phase III of the ÉCONOMUSÉE project began in April 2015 and is funded by Interreg VB Northern Periphery and Arctic Area Programme 2014-2020.


Behind The Cider House we find the couple Eli-Grethe Høyvik and Åge Eitungjerde, their children Gard and Heidrun and daughter-in-law Tuba Ardic. The Cider House produce traditional Norwegian apple cider. They grow their own apples and have over decades developed different sorts of fine cider, from sparkling to fruit brandies. Åge’s grandfather planted the orchard in 1922 and Åge continued managing the farm from 1995. He then looked at a new way to exploit the fruit and the result was establishing Balholm and the The Cider House. Balholm was created as a pioneer product, the first completely natural fruit juice at the Norwegian marked. The Cider House was completed in 2005, however they are constantly improving. Gard and his wife Tuba from Turkey established a restaurant and they have remarkable success with the food, other activities and international cooperation through Erasmus-projects.

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After a tour in the museum and we had a lovely lunch, made by Tuba and her family from Turkey. With dishes from Turkey and Norway and off course homemade cider. During the lunch, there were many congratulations and good wishes for the future from many of the guests.

Recently the Norwegian government changed the law concerning sales of product that contains alcohol produced on the farm. Fortunately, The Cider House, can now sell their products that contains up to 22 vol % in their farm shop. Many of the guests appreciated this change in the law. 

We whole heartily welcome The Cider House to the ÉCONOMUSÉE international network, and give our best wishes of luck in the future!

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The shop where you can buy products from The Cider House.


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Eli-Grete Høyvvik is guiding The Royal Norwegian Society for Development in Balestrand. A lot of history in this beautiful village. 

Kick-off of a summer-long celebration of the senses

Vancouver, B.C., May 5, 2017 – The Société de développement économique de la Colombie-Britannique (SDE) launched yesterday its summer-long "Celebration of the Senses" at Townsite Brewing, which was also celebrating its admission as a new member of the ÉCONOMUSÉE® BC Artisan at Work network.

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Ursa Minor in Ballycastle was launched as the fourth ÉCONOMUSÉE in the United Kingdom on Thursday 13th April 2017. Guest speakers included John and Sally McKenna; the faces behind and McKenna's Guides and Graham Thompson, Chief Executive of Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust. Graham commented: “I am delighted to see the launch of the fourth ÉCONOMUSÉE workshop. We are pleased to welcome Ursa Minor to the ÉCONOMUSÉE network in Northern Ireland”.

Project Manager’s Notes

The next events coming up for the Craft Reach project are first to get started with the reporting of the 4th project period, which ends the 12th of April. During the following month, all the partners shall have their claim 4 ready for submitting to the controllers. The controllers then have two months to check through everything. Before June 12th, we shall have a finalized project report including all the FLC certificates, ready for submitting to our Joint Secretariat in the NPA.

Great activity of Économusée in the Faroes

These days, the establishment of new Économusée in the Faroe Islands are well under way. The new Économusée members; Atlantic Basalt and The Wood Artisan, Joel Cole, are expected to be officially launched as an Économusée and will open their doors to visitors in late May. This will bring the total number of Économusée on the Island to six.

New Project Manager for Économusée Craft Reach

Kåre Spissøy has recently been appointed as Project Manager to lead the final part of the Économusée project safely to finish line. He is 52 years old and live on an island south of Bergen. He has a vast range of experience including large international projects in Telenor, advising entrepreneurs and also several startups on his resume.


Get in contact with the partners.

Craft Reach project steering group meeting

The Craft Reach project had its 6th partner meeting in lovely Ballycastle in Northern Ireland in early February 2017. The local partner, Causeway Cost and Glens Heritage Trust put together an exciting programme including  visits to several enterprises that are soon to be launched as Économusées. 

What is an Économusée?

Each ÉCONOMUSÉE is carefully concocted to make your visit memorable. Whether it's outside on the porch, inside the front doors, or woven through the garden, the RECEPTION area is where you meet the artisan or one of their helpers, and get oriented to their trade and to the working studio you're about to explore.