Losæter — Oslo

  1. 1. Bakehouse
  2. 2. Grainfield
  3. 3. Allotment gardens
  4. 4. Beehives
  1. 5. Farmland
  2. 6. Zone of Unexpected
  3. 7. Greenhouse
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About

A Common Land

Losæter is a new cultural institution on a common along the waterfront in Bjørvika dedicated to a range of activities related to art and urban food production. It includes Flatbread Society’s activities, Herligheten allotment community, an ancient grain field, a bakehouse and Oslo’s first City farmer. Losæter is a space in constant organic develop¬ment. This unconventional use of a common area was initiated by the art collective Futurefarmers, with Amy Franceschini (US) as the lead artist.

Becoming Losæter

  • Bjørvika

    A former container port, the name ‘Bjørvika’ is derived from Norse, meaning ‘the city bay’, as the area is located where the Alna River meets the Fjord.

  • Pollination

    In 2013, Futurefarmers' Canoe Oven moved about Oslo baking flatbread. Their journey allowed for speaking with different neighbors and getting reflections on the development in Bjørvika and input on the idea of a permanent bakehouse there.

  • Allotment Gardens

    Through an open call, Oslo citizens were invited to apply for an allotment box. One hundred boxes were given away and four thousand people applied. Today a thriving community of urban gardeners remain.

  • Temporary Bakehouse

    In 2013, Futurefarmers raised a temporary bakehouse and hosted public programs to test out the idea of a permanent bakehouse situated in Bjørvika.

  • Grainfield

    In 2013, Futurefarmers planted a cultural grainfield made up of nine varieties of heritage grains donated by Johan Swård.

  • Soil Procession + Declaration of Land Use

    On June 13, 2015, a procession of 50 Norwegian farmers carried soil from farms as far north as Tromsø and as far south as Stokke to its new home in Oslo. Soil offerings were laid out upon the land ceremony and feast unfolded. On this day the site was named Losæter, and we signed a Declaration of Land Use declaring the Losæter a new cultural institution in Bjørvika.

Losæter

In 2014, an official renaming of the site was established. The collectively coined name “Losæter” combines two Norwegian terms for the commons, “Loallmenning” and “sæter”.  “Lo” points to the geographic location of the site being near the water and “sæter” refers the right to put animals to pasture and to put up a house for the summer.  Losæter captures spirit of the project at large and connects to Norway’s agricultural heritage in a continuum of past to future. As Losæter evolves, the practice and metaphor of cultivation are linked to larger ideas of self-determination and organic processes in the development of land use, social relations, and cultural forms.

Who

Flatbread Society

Flatbread Society is a Grainfield, a Bakehouse and public program. It is a public artwork initiated by Futurefarmers art collective in 2012. The Grainfield is a field measuring 500m2 where several types of ancient grain such as Svedjerug(rye), spelt, emmer, einkorn and barley grow and the Bakehouse is a 100m2 baking facility and greenhouse that forms the nexus of exchange at Losæter; gatherings, workshops and a place to be.

Herligheten

Herligheten is an ecological initiative and project about urban food production initiated in April 2012.  It hosts 100 allotments and a program consisting of a number of events and seminars for learning and exchanging ideas about urban farming.

Oslo Apiary and Aviary

Oslo Apiary & Aviary is an art practice run by Marius Presterud and Mikkel Dagestad. A consistent line running through their work is the questioning of the theoretical separation of "urbanity" and “nature” and how it is performed and dichotomized. By rearing plants and animals in the city, they raise the question of how city life is conceptualized and can be renegotiated within and against processes of capitalist urbanization.

Growlab

Growlab is a multidisciplinary design studio working towards a more livable and sustainable city. Growlab’s competencies range from consulting and communicating sustainable strategies, initiating and supporting urban grassroots movements and involving and empowering communities through inclusive design processes, tools and actions.

Food Studio

Food Studio is a collective of professionals who care about sharing stories of people that believe in good and honest food. Food Studio wishes to change today’s food system to a more sustainable network. They organise seasonal workshops and dinners in the natural surroundings of Oslo called Get Away. Other activities range from collaborations with other likeminded individuals and projects all over the world, to seminars and field trips for larger organisations in Norway to help them make a change.

Åpent Bakeri

Open Bakery is an Oslo-based artisan bakery built on knowledge, traditions and pure, natural ingredients.

Norwegian Farmers' Union's Losæter branch

The Norwegian Farmers' Union works to improve the conditions for Norwegian agriculture and to advocate the importance of farming in a modern society. It has 62.000 members, more than 500 local branches and 18 regional associations. In 2016 a local branch will be established at Losæter.

City farmer

Andreas Capjon is a full-time farmer at Losæter who is passionate about growing organic food in the city and sharing knowledge. He is hired by the Norwegian Farmers' Union in collaboration with Bjørvika Utvikling.

Herbanists

Urban herbalists: A collective of herb enthusiasts interested in cultivating and foraging herbaceous plants in urban environments.

Map


Address:

Losæter @ Bjørvika
Oslo, 0150
Norway

Now

Wednesday gatherings


March - September 2017

From 15 March until the end of the cropping season you can come and work and learn about urban agriculture. The City Farmer will be present from 10am. Join Losæter Dinners from August 17 at 8pm. All are welcome!

Flatbread Society Bakehouse


Public artwork

Artist: Futurefarmers

The Bakehouse’s hybrid form extends its function; it is both a sculpture and a gathering space that facilitates artistic production and exchange between various communities.

Fullmoon gatherings


For 2017 the following persons and groups have been invited to co-curate and host the Flatbread Society Full Moon Gatherings at Losæter in close collaboration with Futurefarmers: Herbanists (Jan 12), Oslo Apiary & Aviary (Feb 11), Growlab (May 10), Vandaler Forening (June 9), Andreas Ervik (Aug 7), Erik Sjödin (Sept 6).

Courses about living soil


April 26 and May 3

April 26: Life in the soil; a basis for understanding about the significance of life in the soil for plants growth, humus formation and climate. — May 3: How can you create a living topsoil? With experts from Buskerud’s Organic Pioneering Region Project "Living Topsoil" and city farmer Andreas.

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Get involved at Losæter!

You have the possibility to be a volunteer at the urban farm in the middle of the city of Oslo. Together with the city farmer you will take care of this magical urban farming project. You will be handed tasks, be supervised by a farmer, and it will also be possible to grow your own produce. The sæter will have some animals visiting from time to time, but most of all there will be many nice city people.

If you are interested, please send an email to bybonden@bondelaget.no .

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Common Questions

What are the big towers?

Losæter is located at a rocky "island" in the middle of a rough building site surrounded by roads, railway lines and construction sites. The big towers are the airing towers for the submerged tunnel underneath.

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