Greenland Farming

Vikings farmed in Greenland, a thousand years before global warming drought industrial farming to the region. Here are some busy farmers in Tasilaq, Greenland today.

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Hendriks webcam i Tasiilaq

Michael Mann says that there was no Medieval Warm period, and that temperatures are much higher now than when the Vikings farmed in Greenland.

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18 Responses to Greenland Farming

  1. ozspeaksup says:

    planting?
    snowberries:-)

  2. Marsh says:

    No, no it’s snow peas ; they turn green after harvest ; wow those tractors are big…

  3. rah says:

    Micheal Mann. Has that guy ever produced anything worth the paper it’s written on?

  4. Steve Case says:

    First chuckle of the day.

  5. Steve Case says:

    Actually:

    • Mark Luhman says:

      No not Actually, I not buying that is Greenland today, It more like Norway, some time about mid July, also they are not cutting hay yet in Minnesota how the God green earth they would be doing it in Greenland today? I just check with the earth wind map, I could only find one place were it was above freezing, it was a balmy 1C.

      • Steve Case says:

        I did a photo search on farming in Greenland, I was looking for one with a tractor in it to go with out host’s hilarious photoshopped opus. As far as I know there is limited farming on Greenland.

        • I believe the “photo-shopped” was intended to be a poke at the “climate change” fanatics.

          In other words, as a “meme”.

        • Caleb says:

          I have come across some discussions of modern-day farming in Greenland. As I recall it is primarily grazing, and dependent on imports. The discussion I recall was comparing how they were doing, compared with how the Vikings did. The main difference was that the Vikings were able to grow some ctops they can’t manage now. They can manage some cold-weather crops now, such as cabbage and cauliflower, mostly due to the extended midsummer daylight. However the Vikings managed to grow barley, at least when they first got there, and that can’t be done now.

          O think one reason they were risking the high-risk venture of farming in Greenland in modern times was a gamble, based on the hope/belief the climate was getting warmer. If it doesn’t get warmer, they lose the gamble. However farmers have lost a lot of gambles over the years. It goes with the territory, especially if the territory is Greenland.

      • AndyG55 says:

        Actually, there is some farming on Greenland, at the very south.
        Link is worth a read.. seems that “house” the sheep from October to (doesn’t say) and import a lot of grain etc from Denmark, with some silage rye.

        http://www.sheep-isle.dk/artikler/jensostergaard.htm

  6. Andy DC says:

    Actually, the Vikings settled Bermuda rather than Greenland. That would explain it!

  7. Interesting that I finally see something like this presented in public.

    The warm period of about 800CE – about 1000CE was very ideal for farming. I posited a “theory” to some of my friends, some years ago, that the “Vikings” (as not all of the “Northmen” were Vikings) apparently suffered from a famine due to the drastic cooling of temperatures, and the corresponding collapse of their ability to farm. Even much of that area, today, simply has too short of a growing season to allow the ability to maintain a sustainable farming industry. Now, what do desperately-starving people often do? Yet, we have all been taught, since grade school, that the Vikings were just a bunch of blood-thirsty, thieving “barbarians”. What pish-posh!

    Some of the Vikings who lived closer to the coast, were also very accomplished fishermen. When such a dramatic change in climate (IE: The cooling temperatures) has the ability to chage what kinds and quantity of preferable species of fish are still available, you can just about guess the rest. With worsening conditions of the extreme North, wouldn’t you say that a people who have built up a fair amount of knowledge of boating and seafaring, would not also seek out other lands and shores in the pursuit of necessities and possible trade???

    Perhaps this also gives us the basis of understanding the purposes behind the Leif Ericsson expeditions (to include Eastern Canada from the St. Lawrence Channel, etc.)? Funny how our “history books” STILL say virtually NOTHING about Leif Ericsson and the time his party explored the North American continent almost FIVE CENTURIES BEFORE Christopher Columbus! There has to be a viable reason. The climate change, then, weighs heavily on it.

    • rah says:

      I have read that of all the cool season grains available to the Norsemen, Rye has the shortest growing season and can tolerate the cold the best. IOW once they could not get a harvest of Rye, they were done as far as agriculture went.

  8. ilma630 says:

    Some experts & Mann is an idiot.

  9. Steve says:

    lol. looks beautiful.

  10. Billy Liar says:

    Large amount of snow in SW & SE Greenland yesterday and unprecedented lack of melting compared to the 1990-2011 mean:

    http://www.dmi.dk/en/groenland/maalinger/greenland-ice-sheet-surface-mass-budget/

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