OPENgardenCPH’s favorite urban farms & gardens

Here is e few of my favorite places in Copenhagen. Normally I write in Danish, but since you asked – thanks – from different corners of the world, this is in english, hope everybody is comfortable with that.

‘Favorite Urban’ list is not long yet, but I build on it so that you can return when you want inspiration for urban farms, urban gardens, roof gardens and all edible landscapes.

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Favorite Urban Farms and Gardens


østergro2ØsterGro – rooftop farm in Copenhagen
I love the view, the mission and the people!

The rooftop farm is located on the roof of an old car auction hall in Copenhagen, Østerbro. As a Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) associationThey cultivate vegetables, keep bees and chickens on their 600 square meter roof.

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MULD
Here the food comes directly from the garden, check MULD, the idea is strong! Maybe it’s not urban, peri-urban, let’s call it an urban connected farm.

Farming and gatherings in the rural countryside just outside Copenhagen. Mulddamgaarden, short name MULD (Soil in danish) is a small specialty farm with a mission: ‘Shortcutting the way from farm to fork’.

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Grantoftegaard
A peri-urban organic farm. An eco-social farm with farm shop, goats, chickens and horses. Kitchengarden plots, vegetable gardens and nature. Go there by train and then walk for 20 minutes.

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A community garden in a public park at the corner of Hørsholmsgade and Stefansgade in Nørrebro, a multicultural and trendy neighborhood of Copenhagen.

Byhaven 2200 is a part of Hoersholmsparken. You can find it on the corner of Hoersholmsgade and Stefansgade, Noerrebro in Copenhavn.

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King’s Vegetable Garden – Workshops in the King’s Garden.

King Christian IV’s ‘Herb Garden Man’ cultivated cabbage plants and flowers for the king’s vegetable garden.Herb Garden Man was called the king’s gardener, at the time 350 years ago. He prepared garden plants early, so that they could later be planted out in the king’s vegetable garden.

Kongens Køkkenhave – Kings Kitchen Garden workshops is developed by OPENgardenCPH.

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New Nordic Food goes Moroccan

by Kristin Astrup Aas

More than a 100 people was gathered a November evening, at a rooftop terrace, in the old city of Marrakech to eat, mingle and learn about New Nordic Food and urban farming. The event was hosted by the Nordic Council of Ministers in collaboration with us.

The guests; employees from the Nordic embassies in Rabat, climate researchers, Ambassadors, diplomats, local business acquaintances and other employees and friends of the Council was all in Marrakech as participants at COP22, the International Climate Conference. They were served a four-dish dinner, composed of organic vegetables, fruits, cheese and nuts, all freshly picked in the Marrakech area, prepared on an improvised kitchen consisting of a table and a barbecue. To accompany the food the guest had three types of organic Moroccan wine.

 

New Nordic Food goes Moroccan – urban farming at COP22
We were invited to choreograph and implement the event in accordance with the principles of New Nordic Food, a focus area of the Nordic Council of Ministers.  But how to do New Nordic Food in Morocco? Taking offset in the values: Season, ethics, health, and sustainability we chose to do an all vegetarian menu, based on what was growing and ripe in the area, at the moment. We also did an effort to find and support small local, environmental and social sustainable producers of everything from what was on the plates to what the dinners was served on.

Urban and organic farming in Morocco
Marrakech is historically known for it`s beautiful ornamental gardens, and the flat roofs and courtyards of the Riads could potentially be used for growing food all year around. Nevertheless are growing crops not very visible inside the city. This might change in the near future. A government-sponsored project in Casablanca has for the last ten years researched on urban agriculture as an integrative factor of climate-optimised urban development, and in April 2017 Marrakech is hosting an international conference on urban agriculture and food security.

Organic farming is not a new phenomenon in Morocco. Traditionally food has been produced small scale, using natural methods and following the lunar calendar. This tradition, called Beldi is to some extent still followed today, especially during religious festivals. However, certificated organic production is still relatively small, but growing. In the Menara district in Marrakech it is possible to by organic fruit, vegetables, bread and animal products directly from the farmers at the Marchè Paysan, every Saturday morning.

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Farmers Market in Marrakech- Marchè Paysan Foto: Andrea Pontoppidan

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Centre Holistique Terre d’Eveil
Marrakesh, Morocco
Using agriculture for social change and environmental awareness

Half an hour drive out of Marrakech, at the foot of the impressive Atlas Mountains, lies the Ourika Valley. In this fertile area we found most of our local partners, and harvested the commodities for our food event.

Omar Hajji inherited few years ago his family’s olive farm and started together with his wife Kenza the process of transforming the then arid landscape into a lush and abundant organic farm and research centre. In addition to being a place for sharing practical knowledge the farm is also arranging seminars and workshops on subjects related to environmental health, human health and intercultural understanding.


At Marrakech Organics they are now producing olive oil and black olives as well as fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, animal products, aromatic and medicinal plants grown following permaculture principles and tools. The production is now huge enough to provide up to hundred families with a basket of freshly grown every week.

Further into the valley, by the river, are the women from the Aborghlou cooperative working on an organic fruit tree and medicinal plants nursery. We have been told it’s the first women’s cooperative in Morocco. Traditionally farming has been an activity for men, and through the project women are empowered by learning new skills and having their own income. The project is initiated by the High Atlas Foundation, an organisation supporting rural farmers to move away from subsistence agriculture, which they believe is at the root of rural poverty, and transition to organic cash-crop farming.

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Dar Taliba boarding school for girls
Agricultural skills are also a cornerstone in the education at the Dar Taliba boarding school for girls, which in addition to maintaining ornamental, vegetable and aromatic herb gardens in the schoolyard, have implemented a program of ethnobotany, gardening and permaculture. Traditional plant knowledge and horticultural practice are an important part of wellbeing in Amazigh communities of the High Atlas. However, when children go to public schools for further education, they lose opportunities to learn about agriculture, gardens and wild plant use. At the Dar Taliba they teach girls to grow and use local plants that features in their ancestor’s lives, and are now in the process of compiling a book of culinary and medicinal recipes.

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If you go to Marrakech – eat at Amal!
In the neighbourhood Gueliz, you can find the Amal Centre, a non-profit association dedicated to the empowerment of women from disadvantaged backgrounds including widows, divorced or single mothers, orphans, women who have worked as child maids, and women who have had little or no education through restaurant training and job placement. The restaurant made fresh juices for our food event on the rooftop. Besides being a very good cause, the restaurant makes delicious and affordable food.

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Amal Centre, the traditional bread is baked / Foto: SLOW