Oma Maa food cooperative is inviting actors from across Europe for a 2 weeks Agricultural Camp at the Lassila family farm in Tuusula (some 30km from Helsinki). The challenging Borrealis/Taiga environment of Finland offers a thought and practice provoking setting for international exchange around agriculture, in which agriculture addresses our food system, but also the fulfilling of other basic needs. 

Program

During the Agricultural Camp participants will be offered the possibility to exchange, learn and co-work with CSA Oma maa cooperative members with regards to the use of local resources as well as traditional methods in 

– the production of food for the CSA foodbags and farmdining dinners 

– the building of the infrastructure of the camp. Pending the interests of the participants, this could involve the following jointly decided upon activities :

*Accomodation: the building of a Goathi (Kota), the traditional home building practice of nomadic Sami people, from material in the forest.

*Food cooking: the building of a traditional hill oven. 

The program will include a visit with other CSA initiatives in the Helsinki region, as well as a Farmdining evening at our coop’s membership place in Helsinki. There will also be the opportunity to follow (together) Urgenci’s International symposium “Decolonize your plate, Amazonize the World!

The camp will in addition also have sufficient moments to relax, have walks, jooga and sauna together on the Lassila family farm (we will be asking for the interest of participants in such activities and build the program accordingly).  

Participation

The Agricultural Camp is made possible by a grant from the FundAction participatory grantmaking fund. The camp can fund the stay and travel costs of two FundAction members, as well as two other persons working around Agriculture from outside of Finland to take part in the camp. 

If you are interested in participating in the camp, and/or have any questions, please write us a short application regarding your background related to the camp, and what your motivation for participating in the Agricultural Camp is to jasenet@omamaa.fi, no later then 15.9.2021. Do also mention if for instance you are not able to participate for the full period of the camp, we will also consider such applications. 

Please note that participants will be required to have received both Covid-19 vaccinations in due time to their arrival to Finland, otherwise their participation in the camp upon arrival in Finland will not be possible (as they will be obliged to be in quarantine). Please also make sure you have a (normal) travel insurance.

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