The Field Barns of Baselbiet
13 February 2020
Field barns are witnesses of the ancient agricultural culture in the rural area of Baselbiet (Canton of Basel-Landschaft). Most of the field barns are in decline because they have lost their are not used anymore.
Until the 18th century, the land was exclusively cultivated by inhabitants of the villages. The population increased and the more remote areas were used for agriculture. Hay sheds and small barns for cattle were built in large numbers in the 18th century to provide shelter for hay, cattle and people.
Since the 1950s, motorisation and rationalisation made these buildings redundant. Around 280 field barns and hay sheds were built in the 17th and 19th century.
The association Baselbieter Feldscheunen (Baselbieter Field barns) was founded in 2010.
The goal is to draw attention to the cultural heritage of the barns. (Source and further information: www.feldscheunen.ch).