Stop 7

Farming

From here, you have a good view of the village, the pastures and the steep fields behind you. Gimmelwald is a farming village, where agriculture has always been the main source of income. Over the last decades though, the number of farms has decreased significantly due to structural changes in agriculture. Around 1930, there were about 55 households in Gimmelwald and 43 of them lived off farming. Of these farms, only a handful still exist. On the other hand, the farmers have more land today than back then; in addition to the fields and pastures in the village the Gimmelwald farmers also work most of the land in Mürren, where there’s only one farm left. Prior to 1949, there were no motor vehicles or motor mowers in Gimmelwald.