DescriptionThe word "Egarten" is of Alemannic/Bavarian tongue and means "fallowed land".
Meadow-grass agriculture in wetter, elevated land, where the land is alternatively used for one or several years as agricultural field and for longer as pasture. The remnant roots of the grasses reduce soil erosion. The time where the land is used as pasture serves to suppress weeds. In "Naturegart" the greening of the pasture is done with natural grass growth, in "Kunstgart" by seeding.
Formerly only one or maximally two harvests were taken from the land, followed by many years of grass growth, but later the number of grain harvests was increased and flax and potatoes were cultivated inbetween.
LiteratureLandwirtschaftlicher Verein des Kantons Zug (1851-1951):Der Zuger Bauer Ein Bild der Entwicklung und dem heutigen Stand der zugerischen Landwirtschaft.