Normally you would associate freshly grown fruits and vegetables with the countryside, but in Copenhagen mini-farms and kitchen gardens are spreading throughout the Danish capital. More and more Copenhageners want to grow their own fruits and vegetables and the phenomenon is known as urban farming. But since space and green areas are limited in city the growers of Copenhagen must be creative when making their gardens, and you’ll find them using school roofs, old factory ground, private backyards, patios and window sills when making their small gardens and farms.
Urban farming combines a vibrant city life with a close contact with nature and the local food production is a sustainable alternative to industrial food production. According to Christian Damgaard, who is one of the initiators behind the communal garden DYRK Nørrebro, urban farming is helping restore people’s relationship to the food, they eat.
“The many urban gardens and mini-farms make it possible for people in the city to eat fresh vegetables that are not transported for hours or days. It shortens the food’s travel from farm to table by such a way that one can sometimes talk about ‘food meters’ instead of ‘food miles’”, Christian Damgaard explains.
When growing their own fruits and vegetables Copenhageners also get insight into the work that lies in growing their own products and they become aware how much waste of food that actually takes place.
“A walk in the garden reveals without doubt that a home-grown head of lettuce does not resemble those from supermarkets in size and shape. It is also thought provoking what happens with the industrially produced heads of lettuce which nothing is wrong with, but isn’t considered nice enough for the supermarkets”, Christian Damgaard says.
Get started on growing your own fruits and vegetables in Copenhagen by visiting these urban gardens in the city: