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Culture Incubator / Smart Idealisme

Culture Incubator / Smart Idealisme

Culture Incubator / Smart Idealisme develops projects on beekeeping, cultivation of herbs and edible flowers and urban agriculture in different places in Oslo. One of the most important goal is to include people in good activities, and offer them opportunities for inspiration, work and learning.

We are engaged with social development, local food production (honney, edible flowers and vegetables) and the contribution to knowledge in this arena in an interdisciplinary way.

Our core product is honey and its by-products, the edible flower and the growning of herbs and organic vegetables. We focus on creating a valuable local product and promoting a change of mindset through food/sustainable natural products.

Contact:

blomstenbienogbyen [at] gmail [dot] com

Oslo: Linderud farm in the district Bjerke, in Biermannsgården on Sagene, in the garden of Villa Stenersen in the district Vestre Aker and in Wøyen gård, Bærum

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Community garden (Reko)

Community garden (Reko)

A cooperative farm that is run and owned by shareholders. It is based on an annual membership. The harvest is shared with the members. 

we are particularly proud of our outdoor art exibition at the farm, enabling city people to learn to grow food, and helping save an almost extinct indiginous bean.

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Soppløsninger

Soppløsninger

We are Soppløsninger, a mushroom project started by Konrad and Kaja. 

We are currently experimenting with growing shiitake on logs in un-used urban spaces around Oslo

Got space for placing mushrooms? We bring the materials, tools and know-how!

Norway’s moderate and damp climate coupled with using waste logs from the lumber industry could be the beginning of local and sustainable mushroom cultivation. 

We just need to figure out how to get there…

Luckily, mushrooms can grow on logs in any shady and wind-protected area. Using Oslo as the test-bed for this pilot project, we have joined forces with a few different actors around the city in researching different methods of growing mushrooms on logs. Thanks to funding from the Oslo municipality, we are embarking on a 2-year study exploring the what, where, why and hows of growing outdoor mushrooms. 

We are no experts in this field, just a shared passion for fungi, food systems and finicky problems.

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Local Buzz Community Supported Beekeeping (CSB)

Local Buzz Community Supported Beekeeping (CSB)

We are initiating Norway’s first Community Supported Beekeeping (CSB) scheme! Our ambition is to build a community around sustainable beekeeping and honey production in Oslo.

We have been practicing urban beekeeping at Tak for Maten, an award winning rooftop farm at Greenhouse Oslo. Our bees feast on the abundant flowers present in Oslo’s urban landscape, such as Ekeberg, Botanical Gardens, and your gardens and balconies. Thanks to its unique and diverse composition, our honeydew city honey won the silver medal at 2020 NM i Honning!

Our approach to CSB is ‘co-design’. We are pioneering something new and unexplored, therefore we want to develop this initiative together with ‘you‘! We would like to hear your inputs to create a scheme that will be resilient and fun!

What is Community Supported Beekeeping?

CSB rests on the same principles as Community Supported Agriculture (Andelslandbruk), whereby members sign up and pay in advance to become a shareholder of a bee hive, while the maintenance and care is given by the beekeepers. At the end of the season, honey is shared accordingly among the members of the hive.

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NABOLAGSHAGER

NABOLAGSHAGER

NABOLAGSHAGER is an Oslo-based social enterprise and consultancy kickstarting a transition to a greener and more just society.

Our goal is to promote a shift to sustainability through entrepreneurship and knowledge exchanges.  Through local initiatives and international collaborations, we co-create multifunctional bottom-up solutions to urban challenges, such as facilitating green job opportunities for youth, creating rooftop gardens, integrating vulnerable groups, and increasing urban biodiversity.

Key local projects we have initiated include an award-winning rooftop farm, an entrepreneurship program where green jobs and circular economy are co-explored and co-created with local minority youth, and various community gardens and biodiversity-enhancing in public space.

Internationally, we collaborate with partners in academia, business and the public sector across Europe on projects related to urban farming, placemaking, entrepreneurship and the circular economy.

Having extensive experience with thehttps://nabolagshager.no/ practitioner perspective of edible city solutions, Nabolagshager bridges knowhow from academia and hands-on experience directly from the hands of urban changemakers across Europe.

Locally we work with both the public and private sector to ensure that existing practices and pilot projects move into the mainstream.

To encourage the spreading of good ideas and working solutions, we organize seminars, workshops, guided tours and lectures on timely topics, and host student projects from different faculties and backgrounds. We also use social media extensively as a platform for inspiration for edible city solutions.

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Gruten AS

Gruten AS

Gruten is a Oslo based business giving coffee waste new meaning & purpose. We make products containing coffee grounds (soaps and body scrubs) and run courses and workshops to raise awareness and build practical knowledge. The autumn of 2018 we established an urban mushhroom farm, the first of its kind in Norway. There we grow oyster mushroom on coffee waste. Which we sell to restaurants and private customers through the service called Dagens (https://dagensmat.no/) and the Reko network (https://www.facebook.com/rekonorge/).

We are engaged in a project at the moment at Linderud Gård in Oslo where Edible Cities also is present (through Oslo Kommune i believe, Stephanie Degenhardt). There we are building mushroom beds with the local cmmunity and looking at how our end substrate can be of use in growing. We have previously registered through the network and feel the work we do has relevance for what Edible Cities stands for and does.

We grow food in the city/urban area. And that on reused materials and resources. We produce oyster mushrooms, a very healthy and nutritous mushroom. Which we see increased interest for as people want to healthier and have a less meat based diet. We run courses and workshops on the theme of using coffee grounds and have 5-6 years of experience in this field.

We have a good connection with many of the food/growing initiatives in Oslo. We sell mushrooms through Dagensmat and Reko, we are involved with projects at Linderud gård (with a community supported agriculture scheme), we have cooperated with the organization Hagecrew at Vollebekk fabrikker (they have used our end substrate to build vegetable beds) and we give + sell our end substrate to growers in Oslo/surrounding area, we have contact with Nabolagshager, and we have been funded by Spirende Oslo two times (for establishing the mushroom farm and for project at Linderud gård). We also have good relations to the mushroom association around Norway and in Oslo.

Some of our main achievements are starting up first business in Norway focusing on the use of coffee grounds. ; Establishing first urban farm in Norway growing oyster mushrooms on coffee waste.; Educating and inspiring thousands of Norwegian to use coffee grounds at home for gardening, skin care and to grow oyster mushrooms.

A crucial point in our process  was the earthworm who got me keen on finding out about the possibility of using coffee grounds. I build a worm compost bin 7-8 years ago and started feeding the worms quite a bit of coffee grounds. The worm got energy from it (still some caffeine left) and produced amazing compost. Thereafter i found out that coffee grounds can be used to grow oyster mushrooms and much more. Then i was hoooked.

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