Working at the Kampen farm is so meaningful. There are so many interactions at so many stages, both with the animals, with the tasks, with others, everything is connected. The fellowship that exists here is absolutely incredible. All ages, all cultures. An open family. We work together for a common agriculture. I find it absolutely fantastic to meet animals and nature, and to take a break from hectic everyday life.
To run a farm in Oslo is not "just having animals in the center". First, you have to be able to produce feed for the animals, or be able to buy feed, have access to summer pasture land, etc. It takes more resources to have animals inside the center than in the countryside.
We explain to the children that the lambs have been grazing all summer, and now it is autumn, they are going to slaughter. We work a lot to make the children understand where the meat in the stores comes from. To understand where meat comes from, is about being part of the whole process.
The children often react by thinking that we should use everything from an animal when it has died for our sake. I think that the children get this insight and understand sustainability.
Here we are on a very small area and this can be a nice template for the new farms that may come to Oslo's city centre in the future.
The focus on the environment, sustainability, and proximity to nature, is growing in the city and this creates a need. More and more research shows that we need it. All of us who work with the farm take our backgrounds into it. So, as I am an educator and see all the positive educational effects with a farm, a psychologist sees all the positive psychological effects, but it's probably a long way to go to make people understand how important it really is.
For example, we also have therapy riding for both physical and mental needs, and we have adults who are mentally ill working here. Also the farm is connected to a course at Ås (NMBU) called "animal-assisted initiations" with a focus on the interplay between animals and the garden.
The municipality of Oslo is already working on many projects, but I see that it will be difficult to get the municipalities to have enough financial support.
You can see that a farmhouse is a fantastic preventive measure for mental health, crime prevention, and as a great tool for the elderly, the local environment, local food production, leisure events, etc. When you start to see all the positive effects a farm has, you understand that it is a small investment in comparison. I hope they will invest in bringing more farmhouses into the center. A farmhouse has a great economic impact. You must be able to show that it is socially and financially sustainable.
The urban environment is the way to go towards the creation of a system of urban agriculture projects. We already give fertilizer to Losæter and Geitmyra school gardens and there are more and more players in the city. If all initiatives would be under the same agency/body, it would be better. Then we could collaborate more, utilize each other's resources, share the animals, and share teaching arrangements which could be useful for all the farms. We could get potatoes from Bogstad farm, barley from Losæter, grass production from Lindberg for the animals at Kampen, and send animals from Kampen in to Geitmyra's school gardens. Then give the animas a break at Sørli farm. So getting everyone under the same hat would be fantastic!
To teach children by letting them experience things for themselves gives them a great understanding of the whole world we live in, how everything is connected, and teach them to participate in all the processes and see the great connections on a farm with others. Everyone is contributing to a larger endeavor where everyone is valued.
Every day Maria works with food production, while also providing a meeting place where people gather for active participation across ethnicity, background, age and ability. It is a unique opportunity that she believes promotes respect for people, animals and the environment. Sustainability in other words.
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