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Summer is coming! time to place your summer foodbag order now!

It has been some time since we shared news with you by way of a newsletter, with our last newsletter written in February. Perhaps it is fair to say that instead of newsletters a number of funding applications were written (for the making of a book, as well as for Oma Maa educational program – with further funding rounds being anticipated), whilst also a good number of other efforts were kept up in full gear towards our summer season.

During this spring on Lassilan tila we got all benches going in the greenhouse with an increasing amount of greens in our foodbags at regular intervals. At some point we commenced sowing in the smaller greenhouse, whilst in the last weeks a third greenhouse/seedling house was resurrected after it collapsed under snow. At the moment the sowing of a large variety of seeds, frequent watering and more seedling table making is in full swing constantly ongoing in all the three greenhouses. To name but a few things, at the moment different root vegetables like carrot, beet and parsnip, a variety of cabbages, pumpkins, tomatoes, cucumber, salad greens, radishes, onions, garlic and different herbs are all on their way shooting up, with much more to come.  On the surrounding land day-in-and-day-out a tractor can be heard spinning around with birds swarming around it preparing the grounds for the transfer of the seedlings, for which a new on foil transplanting machine has been acquired. Broad bean and potato seeds have already found their way into the ground. The same activities are ongoing in our second farm of the coop Kaukon tila concerning among other our forthcoming berry and hemp season.

During this spring we already harvested a variety of delicious roots as burdock and marsh woundwort as well as wildherbs, which ended up in our food bags, as well as during our beautiful monthly Farm Dining dinners for members and friends on Kaarlenkatu.  Our working with the roots and wild herbs will be further developed this year, with some fermentation already ongoing. Our aim is this year to yet grow, harvest and conserve a wider variety to be able to add yet a larger variety to our foodbags throughout the year.

Our Farm Dining dinners bringing forth besides delicious meals also delicious talks and conversations were also held for instance during the recent Finnish Social Forum, with different guests from close and afar. We will be continuing our monthly dinners for members and friends. A next member and friends dinner is planned for 14.6, while we are aiming at opening for the public for (first of all) Saturday brunches and dinners after summer.

And perhaps to mention last but not least – we founded (and soon registered) Kumpanuusmaatalous ry! Read here this new organisation’s first pressrelease, which currently has five Finnish CSA’s underwriting its objectives. Besides this also a first joint campaign has been set up.

Intertwined into the above story must be read the fact that several crucial moments in our process were made possible because of the coming together of a good number of our coop members, on and behind the scenes. Besides our farmers, several other coop members have also on a continuous basis put in considerable efforts for our coop. We have had wonderful talkoot days together, embodying a core envisioning of Oma Maa : All is Possible, Together. With this we also point to another core envisioning of Oma Maa which has remained to be brought to the forefront also in the last months: Food is a social and environmental change maker, IF in the hands of people.

The above is nothing but a brief overview of the things that happened in the last months and weeks. But hopefully it will be an encouragement for you to want to place your foodbag order for this summer. We are currently standing at a small 60 full bag orders – Our target to come to sustainable level enabling renumerations as well as further necessary investments remains a 100. For Oma Maa’s beautiful potential to further realize itself, we need you. Tervetuloa (taas) mukaan! (kiittos mentalminimalist for the below food of one of our recent winterfoodbags!)

Ruby, Jan, Ulla, Mikael

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My food routines are changing as I moved back to Finland. In Spain I bought most of my food – vegetables & fruits from the Tuesday market. Now I have an opportunity to rethink what to do and where to buy my food. 🌍 A great alternative seems to be Omamaa @luomuosuuskunta_omamaa, which is a food co-operative based on community-supported agriculture as well as ecologically and socially sustainable food production methods. Together as a community they produce a large variety of produce at their community farm, the Lassila family farm (established in 1697) in Tuusula, about 30 km from Helsinki. 🌍 The weekly harvest bags can be picked up at Omamaa's café, situated in the Kallio district in Helsinki, or straight from their farm in Tuusula. The amount of food in the bag varies depending on the time of the season and the level of harvest yields each year. This week's harvest bag contains falafel, oat joghurt, rye bread, ciapatta, nettle soup, fire weed and pearl barley. 🌍 Thanks to my lovely friend, I'm able to enjoy and get a first hand experience of these high quality products. ____________________ #organicfarming #omamaa #harvestbag #oatjoghurt #nettle #pearlbarley #ryebread #communitysupportedagriculture #sustainable #wastefree #mentalminimalism #natural #health #picoftheday #lowimpactmovement #sustainableliving #ecofriendly #consciousliving #decluttering #plantbased #organic #finland #suomi #lifestyle #food #instafood #instagood #fresh #foodpic #foodgasm

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Oma Maa Jäsenkirje 02/2019 : Launching Oma Maajussi

Hi dear all,

Mid-February greetings!:)

In the past month we reached out to and produced different media, for starters a Helsingin Sanomat mielipide. As we wrote also on in our December newsletter, the current climate discussion is frequently being framed as being a matter of individual consumer choices versus the demanding of big policy changes. But there is no attention in this framing for the building up anew of ecologically and socially just processes on a daily level, based on daily needs, which ultimately must be at the core of any change in society. It is also through these processes that we come to understand what our demands are, that we start to (want to) build democracy differently and with this build power differently. Being with in Oma Maa and other initiatives profoundly brings this to the forefront. Oma Maa chair Sami Keto wrote on this in Helsingin Sanomat.

Also a podcast was made (in Finnish): “Miten ihmiset voivat ruokaosuuskunnan jäsenyyden kautta lisätä osallisuuttaan ruoantuotannossa sekä saada merkityksellisyyden kokemusta maailmassa, jossa ruokatuotanto on ajautunut kauas niin ruoan kuluttajista kuin planetaaristen rajojen huomioonottamisestakin. Versus-podcast on äänitetty tällä kertaa Osuuskunta Oma Maan tilalla, missä ruokajärjestelmän ongelmista, ratkaisuista ja erityisesti ruokaosuuskuntatoiminnasta ovat keskustelemassa ruokaosuuskuntiin erikoistunut tutkija ja Herttoniemen ruokaosuuskunnan puheenjohtaja Galina Kallio, Oma maa -osuuskunnan viljelijä Jukka Lassila sekä Oma maa -osuuskunnan ruokajäsen ja empatian tutkimukseen erikoistunut tietokirjailija Sami Keto.”

And then January also saw the kick-off of our very own Oma maajussi series! Little clips about the building of a new food system. In case you have missed them, see here farmers Jon explaining the fence building around the edible food forest and the balance between predators and pray, Joel telling on his construction of an aquaduct system in the kasvihuone, and Ruby pondering whether she (and we) is a farmer or not, with the whole conceptualisation and phone held steady by Oma maajussi director Ulla.

On our January doing..

The steep minus temperatures (in December and) January were of course a challenge for our greens in the greenhouse. We did have some greens in our bags for 2 weeks and otherwise tried our best with regards to trying to come to a stable temperature in the greenhouse as well as to start with more planting! There were no more for the bags, but our potatoes continued, as they are still doing now in February. In the bag we also made Tuusulanpiirakat (potato pies), had seitan steaks and baguettes and also a lot of kale in fresh and dried form, which we got in trade for bread from yet another farmer who was not intending collecting it from his land.

Besides the shuffling of a lot, a lot of snow and keeping up with the woodwork to create a steady temperature in the greenhouse, we in January finalised yet more poles for the fence –  These previous newsletters will be informative for you who joined only recently.

Starting off a New Year

In snow and ice we then kicked off in January our winter season with 40+ bag orders. We campaigned well together in the end of 2018, as we piggybacked of course on peoples new years promises, the vegan challenge, but only by taking them very serious. We designed a This is not a Shop meme type add series, with which we drew attention to the fact that Oma Maa food bags want to promote a comprehensive change with regard to food production and consumption in order to address the total of ethical issues facing and resulting from our mainstream food production, locally and globally. This means not just the replacement of some items in our cupboards, but our food consumption in its totality. Wonderful personal testimonies on Oma Maa’s workings were also put out in the end of 2018, thanking one more time for all the support given to the coop in that!

And from this start onward then, we continue each month to take on more bag orders, which can be done via here ordering of the bag. In February we are at 53 full bag orders which allows us to get the bills paid but not much more than that. So all new orders are very much welcomed and needed!

We are finishing this newsletter also on the days after we had a very good farming 2019 planning meeting. The memo of that meeting was already shared in another email.


Also in 2019, we continue welcoming you to join for talkoot during any weekday at the farm or any pick-up day on Kaarlenkatu. You can sign up to work at the farm or in the cafe on pick-up days as well as offer or find a ride to and from the farm via the talkoot form (link in email version).

Read also again the complete overview of our talkoot workings.

You’re welcome to participate also in the monthly board meetings at Kaarlenkatu. Links to agendas and meeting notes can be found in the email version of this newsletter.

As to the rest of our events calendar, our events calendar is now also up on our website! A copy and paste then from there to here :

21.2. torstaina, klo 17-20, Kaarlenkatu 15  | Info ja hallituksen kokous
  • infopiste satojaon aikana klo 17-19
  • avoin hallituksen kokous satojaon jälkeen, klo 18-20
23.2. lauantaina Lassilan tila  | Tutustuminen ja talkoot
  • Esittelykierros tilan toimintaan, jonka jälkeen talkoilemme
  • Talkookyytejä järjestelemme FB-ryhmässä
  • Ota mukaan lämmintä vaatetta ja kumisaappaat sekä työhanskat
Maaliskuun tapahtumat
15.3. perjantai, klo 18-21,  Kaarlenkatu 15 | Farm Dining Dinner
  • Ajankohtaisista raaka-aineista on koostettu kolmen ruokalajin menu, jonka hinnan päätät sinä itse!
  • Dinnerin lomassa käytävän keskustelun teemana on demokratia meidän osuuskunnassa
  • Varaa paikkasi: jasenet@omamaa.fi

Till soon at one of these occasions!

Ruby, Mikael & Ulla

Meidän Oma Maa (Our ‘Own Land’) : taking us towards something new

A pedagogical process on Ecology & Democracy

Last year I have often been asked, how is Oma Maa doing? A question which as time went by, became only harder to answer in a nutshell. Oma Maa is-so-much. Therefore this new year’s attempt at a (unavoidably yet again partial) write up regarding this systemic change alternative.

A good start would be to use what I have so often used last year, and what has been motivational for my own engagement and what is at the heart of Oma Maa: ”Food is a core societal thing.  Food is first of all what joins all of us. And in whose hands the control of our food system is, including of course water, in those hands the control of society lies. In other words, people can more govern their own lives, if food (the food system) is in their control. In that sense, all efforts done to get food back under the control of people is very important for the development of society, and only by addressing this, we can change our society into being more just and fair. “ as our Oma Maa farmer Jukka Lassila put it in a wonderful interview with Jukka Peltokoski for KSL.

In this, and beyond this, Oma Maa takes us further.

Democracy, commoning @Oma Maa

Oma Maa coop consists of different parts. Oma Maa’s heart and core lies in Tuusula, the land of Lassila’s tila, a family farm, which has over the years kept its arms open to Oma Maa cooperative to develop itself on its premises. Oma Maa coop’s daily presence on the farm saw this year the working together of a new group on the farm, which of course had to use a considerable amount of time in the getting to know of each other, each others skills and capacities. On a daytoday basis 6 people work at the farm, whilst the coop had also a good number of trainees and other volunteers visiting the farm, for varying periods. This includes working with the animals (cows and chickens), working on the land, in the greenhouse (which running through its first full year),in the edible forest (which was worked at again this year after an intermezzo), in the kitchen (in ‘Rannankoukku’, a rented former laboratory industrial kitchen 2min away from the farm) as well as with the coops communication, administration, and financial issues. Some of the farm team live on the farm, some commute daily from Järvenpää as well as from Helsinki.

Cooperation this year was renewed with another founding member in the cooperative, Kaukon tila, whilst cooperation continued also with different smaller farms in the Tuusula area. The latter sell some grains to the farm, and by doing so do need not to sell out to big players. Farms often do not stand on their own, but are part of cooperative networks making them collectively stand stronger.

Beyond the farm, but in a direct link between the farm and the towns of Järvenpää and Helsinki, lies the further membership of the coop, involved in different ways and to varying degrees in the workings of the coop. Some members order foodbags, some come regularly to the farm to take part in communal works, other members take part in the handing out of the foodbags two days in the week, yet other members have this year become deeply involved in admin and communications, marketing issues or take part in events organized on Kaarlenkatu 15. In Helsinki Oma Maa has its physical space on Kaarlenkatu 15, a membership space, which has also seen this year the first steps of the development of not fine, but beautiful farm dining (see below).

The whole of this myriad of flows between the farms and the city constitute multiple formal and informal points of the exercising of commoning around our food commons, of practice and democracy, from coffee morning meetings on the farm to a more substantial discussing of the week ahead on Fridays, the deliberations of communications and admin groups in WhatsApp, the discussions during the ”satojako” (handing out of the foodbags), the monthly open board meetings over Skype and live in Helsinki, the reflections and deliberations over dining, and of course the annual coop meeting.

It has come to my mind, that it are these instances in this very fluid design of democracy in our coop which are a most valuable experience of what it means to exercise and shape every day democracy.  Following the different kind of uprisings globally in recent years seeking change, reflection has taken place on whether these uprisings have given rise to conscious movements. In Finland we haven’t seen such recent mobilizations, but have seen an formal installing of “participation” which has left many question marks in how far it enables empowering, structural change in our societies, allowing citizens to (re)build according to their values and not that of capital.

I have then come to see our coops daily exercising of deliberation around concrete needs as most valuable instances, which, whilst dealing with the challenges of power, of too little or too much leadership, of knowledge transfer, aims at the empowering of everyone to take informed decisions. And taking part in this has brought to the forefront how fairness, a fairness based on each others equality, is a fundamental core value in our commoning. Total hard work, totally worth it!:)

Future Food (bag) @ Oma Maa

Also in 2018, Oma Maa continued to offers its members food bags. They typically contain readymade products, products from the greenhouse and from the land. In the bags there will typically be some 8-9 products. Every week the bags will be different, and one can order them every week, or every other week. (Your order you can also be shared with friends, with third parties). But otherwise, they mainly consist of products from those three categories and they are always the same for everyone receiving a bag on a given bag day (whilst someone always has the possibility to trade a particular product from the bag with products having been put for trade on an ‘exchange shelf’).

Ever so often the question gets posed as to Why? Why do we always offer the same bag to everyone, and why don’t we give our members the possibility to order just that what they like (for instance the bread and the falafel, but not the oat yoghurt), or what is easy to use (for instance only those ready-made products and not those peas we still have to cook ourselves etc.)

We have identified different reasons why we offer the same foodbag for all. Shortly put – The bag is wanting to promote comprehensive food system change and is thus not to be seen as ‘pick and choose shopping’, is holistically wanting to address health related issue resulting from our no longer eating of local produce, wants comprehensively to address the carbon footprint of food production, is about food culture change (challenging also the illusion of freedom when buying from a grocery store in comparison with the bag), and is about the democratising our food production and with this also importantly a democratisation of our work.

Oma Maa’s foodbag as such also wants to stand for Good Work.  Which will also in the context of Oma Maa refer to our possibility to carry out meaningful and enjoyable work. This includes a healthy balance between different types of work, work which allows for self-development, is as fair with respect to everyone’s equality in the collective carrying out of the work and is good for one’s well being, which in the case of Oma Maa of course should also include the possibility to work close to nature, and to be ‘getting your hands dirty’. This then in concrete terms relates to for instance how many days in the week anyone of us will be working in our Rannankoukku kitchen, in order for other peoples to not do so. The fact that Oma Maa foodbag contains some ready-made foods, but also ingredients from which to prepare your food, is then good for all alike. This coming to closure on ”who does/starts what, when” is in itself a constant deliberation – sometimes based on a needed time efficiency, sometimes because of a wanted rotation and learning. Never without a conscious thought.

Its this openness which has brought an incredible amount of new doings this year, to name some things:  I have become a planter, caretaker and harvester, a caretaker of cows and chickens, a shuffler of real shit, have gotten insights on the ways of the natural world which totally have been out of sight for me until now, a maker of falafels, bread, wheat yoghurt and a waitress, have become acquainted with packing material, building material, retail/stock houses on industrial terrains I had no idea of existed, and certainly got already a part of what I asked for at the beginning of this year – to understand what it means to run a coop – the financial and the administrative, and have made a total come back with regards to the doing of basic maths. (When they say farming is counting, it’s not a joke. My mind still goes at it feels a third of the speed compared to our farmers, but I intend on catching up. :)) I think my memory has totally started to fail me this year because of the overflow of total change – and I have loved this overtake, this overtake of the doing, of making something happen.

As our cooperative develops itself, so do our foodbags. Oma Maa wants to challenge how global markets have determined what was being grown in Finland. There used to be pineapple grown in Finland some 100 years ago. Whilst it’s not about the pineapple, realising this gives a whole new ring to the sound of what future food actually could really be about.  From a concrete, short-term perspective, our aim this winter is to develop new processed-products in addition to the familiar falafels, seitan and yoghurt. Oma Maa will also be experimenting with the cultivation of mushrooms (oyster mushrooms). On a more longer term, Oma Maa is wanting to integrate local and traditional methodology (not because of nostalgia but because of its efficient resource use) with global practices and tastes (grown for instance in our edible food forest), and with it address the issue of what can and should be the food of our future.

Experimental pedagogical co-learning @Oma Maa

I have learned from my comrades that Oma Maa is also in many ways (the daring to be) experimental. New happens all the time. A new variety gets planted, a new something gets made for the foodbag, a new methodology gets tried, a new person joins us for some time. Whether it concerns the land, the greenhouse, the edible forest or any future plans perhaps with besides food also ecological building, whether it’s wanting to figure out the material, the financial or the carbon footprint of anything we make – the aim is to try, to test different scenarios and learn to do the maths ourselves. Goal is to empower by doing and co-learning.

Learning as such continues to happen also in cooperation with beautiful local partners as Eetti, Ehta Raha and other Finnish CSA’s (I hope we will come to set up a Finnish CSA umbrella as well as a common Food Manifesto in 2019!), and importantly as part of a global movement, of global movement building. Last year we had a good number of comrades visiting us or doing things at Oma Maa’s premise in the city as part of different movement process, as around solidarity economy building (RIPESS members were over for a first Nordic Solidarity economy meeting, as also from Cooperation Jackson in the US), and the commons (with activists from Faircoin, and Commonfare), whilst we participated in Urgency’s community supported agriculture european and global network meeting in Greece.

Many of these occasions were crowned by Oma Maa’s dinners. Beautiful three course dinners, which we have come to call not fine dining, but farm dining, at our sweet membership/restaurant space on Kaarlenkatu 15. During and after the dinner we have talked about the coop, how things are going, have also taken a particular theme at hand. This year we will continue with the holding of these dinners for our membership once a month, whilst also commence our farm dining on a more organised note for wider public.

So perhaps this then is the nutshell I have been looking for. Oma Maa radically addresses the ecological, but not without this entailing a shaping of our radical democracy. Comrades in India have for long coined the term of ecological democracy, but I feel I only now with Oma Maa have come to really internally grasp what it feels like when there is no value of the ecological without the value of democracy, and how that is one big beautiful commoning learning process. Wishing you warmly on board for that! Our possibilities to make for change together are truly endless.

Ruby van der Wekken

Oma Maa Jäsenkirje 12/2018 : At the end of a beautiful Oma Maa year : up with ecology and democracy (and all the possibilities Oma Maa offers)!

Hi dear all,

December greetings!

This Newsletter is written during a time in which many fold environmental and societal concerns are speaking up. Quite often the discussion is being framed as being between consumer choice and big policies, and it is pointed to the fact that it is the latter that truly matters. There is another way to look at this which entails an acknowledgement of the need to work towards a profound democratisation, implying (cultural) change in the way we lead our daily lives, which will have to become a backbone of the answer. And in this context, and we talked about this also during our wonderful membership dinner at the end of November (see more below), it is truly enthusing that our coop Oma Maa as a whole offers/can come to offer, different bridges for us, possibilities, to be changing some of the immediate around us, as in/extensive as basically we ourselves want to engage in.

Our November bags continued to see Oma Maa carrots, nauris, lanttu, and punajuuri in them (These previous newsletters will be informative for you who joined only recently).

In the greenhouse the growing of our new round of asian leaves, mangoldi, spinach and pak choi unfortunately got slowed down, as we remained struggling with mice and rats, but also with the heating which was not working properly – the oven broke and needed replacement of a part and repairing. Now the oven is repaired and we are as back on track as we can be with our new plants. This week our first Mangoldi which has had a bit a bumpy ride in these circumstances will not be handed to you in the foodbags, but in the planned pelmenit for the coming week foodbags!

In November, to name but a few things, we started making posts for the foodforest fence, cleaned and stored machinery for winter, fixed and sealed the greenhouse, and made firewood for the heating of the greenhouse. Also  there was the inventory of seeds, more penkkit prepared and planted, and some more lamps added.

In November we also addressed in a few steps where we are standing with our chickens, i.e. with our egg orders. Throughout the year the number of chickens on the farm goes through a cycle relating to Lassila farm also seeing a coming and going of summer chickens. We as Oma Maa coop then again have our own fluctuation in demand. Typically there is then more demand for eggs in the summer then in the winter and as such this flow needs to somehow be organically dealt with. Assessing the situation, we have now also taken up yet another possibility category in the pricing of our eggs. If someone has a foodbagg share, but not an egg share, one can order eggs with the same seasonal commitment as with the foodbags, at the price of 40 euro / 2 kennot per week (if the available amount of eggs allows this).

@the Farm

November started off with a great Kekri celebration – we worked together and took all our oma maa’s givings out of the ground! We prepared and ate a wonderful meal together still outside at the tables under the apple trees, watched the skies being lit up by a high kokko and had a sauna.

A last smaller but important mansikka weeding talkoot also still took place November (the more the beautiful our strawberries will be next year!) – and of course at the farm at large winter preparations came in full swing.

@the Kahvila, our second member dinner 23.11 <3

At the Kahvila then that same wonderfulness from the farm continued to the city during our second amazing jäsendinner, during which our cooks (and farmers) Jukka and Jan once again prepared a three-course menu entirely made out of ingredients from the farm.

During the eve we heard on how Oma Maa was doing, including besides on all the so much good what has happened this year also on our challenges – we remain having a real need to be higher the amount of bag orders – as also on the fantastic possibilities Oma Maa already does and can come to offer, as we started this newsletter off with.

And we heard from Jan and Jukka who took part from 9-11 November in the gathering of European Community-Supported Agriculture movements in Thessaloniki, Greece, for their 4th European Meeting. To name a few of the points that came up during their relating and the discussion that followed : Meetings like this serve to empower on a personal and movement building level, with both processes being important for our common objectives at large. And when comparing this meeting to the previous CSA meeting Oma Maa also participated in, one difference is how the Urgenci network is trying to gather more resources from its members to fund international co-action.

In line with also discussions in Oma Maa, the issue of packaging came up a lot in Greece, not only from the perspective of a critique of the use of plastic, but also from the perspective of how we as a coop should consider more the possibilities to do things, including packaging, really different from how they are done on the market – i.e. according to our own values and (informed) standards. This is a possible theme we could be exploring more together during our next membership & friends – dinner which is set for the beginning of February 2019! Last but not least, when looking at the CSA scene in Europe, Oma Maa without a doubt belongs to the most elaborate and further going proposals in terms of the systemic change it seeks and the commitment it thus demands, thumbs up were given for this also in Greece!:)

We are thanking everyone who was with this eve, they were beautiful and mutually strengthening, and as announced then, the contributions given for the dinner will be supporting the making of a traditional fence around the edible forest.

Still about our already much applauded dinners @Kaarlenkatu, the idea is next year to continue with our membership dinners at least once a month. In addition, Oma Maa@Kaarlenaktu 15 will be opening up for public pre-reserved dinners. 

Towards a New Year ..!

For the December month we are now at 51 bag orders, and are again happy with a few more people who have joined as full coop members, as well as with the eight new (try-out) members that responded to the possibility to receive an Oma Maa Joulukassi special – Welcome! And we on the farm are excited about the bag content we are currently preparing for you in the two still upcoming bag weeks (whilst reminding that next week (week 50) is a normal pick up week, whereas the week after that (week 51) it will be so that everyone will be picking up a bag either on Tuesday or Thursday, as we will have no bags made in the last week of the year). Welcome that week to stay on a bit during satojako for some Oma Maa Glöggi!

Week 52 (2018) and Week 1 (2019) gives then time for all of us to be able to take a break, reflect and not in the least also develop thoughts also on paper for different other activities ‘beyond’ food we want to develop as a coop.

As you will have noted, we have opened the orders for the winterbags!, which will be smaller and consist mostly of processed and dry products, and thus cost less (120 euros a month). As we wrote already in the previous newsletter, aim is to develop the processed products so new products are to be expected in addition to the familiar falafels, seitan and yoghurt. There will also be greenhouse greens in the bag and our collected berries are in the freezer to be shared, as well as to make ready products from. In addition we will be experimenting with the cultivation of mushrooms (oyster mushrooms).

So, another repeat:), a lot of development of our foodbags will be upcoming this winter and made possible by your ordering of the bag!


A few more dates :

Welcome to join for talkoot during any weekday at the farm or any pick-up day at the cafe!

You can sign up to work at the farm or in the cafe on pick-up days as well as offer or find a ride to and from the farm via the talkoot form.

Read also again the complete overview of our talkoot workings.

Ruby, Jan, Mikael & Ulla

Oma Maa Jäsenkirje 11/2018 : traditional and future food Oma Maa treats for Xmas!

November greetings!


Our October farming brought a rainbow in our foodbags

These previous newsletters will be informative for you who joined only recently.

October brought an abundant month of Oma Maa carrots, nauris, lanttu, and punajuuri –  some roots very huge, but also many tasty baby roots, and with it – as our farmer Joel Bird put it – a rainbow in our foodbags.

In the greenhouse our cucumber and tomato season came for a moment to an end, whilst a lot of planting started up again: asian leaves, mangoldi, spinach, pak choi etc. upcoming in our bags very soon! At the same time we had some drawback in the greenhouse caused by among other things mice eating our produce. We are actively doing our best to control such factors and get our new plants doing well!

New in the bags were hemp seeds from our second farm in the coop, Kaukon tila. And as mentioned also further on in this newsletter,  some first hemp products were experimented with during our October dinner.

In the October bags, we also had a nice combination of local products, local methods but global tastes Oma Maa wants to experiment further in, as our bags had seitan tortilla and an excellent much complimented Salsa Verde from our own tomatillos.

@the Farm

Some 30 people participated in October on a beautiful autumn-ish weekend during the Sadonkorjuutalkoot ja ruokametsäkävely”. The turnout was wonderful, to show and share on all the doings with our members and to collectively also get a good amount of work done! Everyone was commenting how such a day can make such a difference in getting the things done. All our hands put together make the load light!

@the Kahvila – Next Dinner 23.11., do sign up now!

We had a fantastic dinner on 26.11. at the Kahvila on Kaarlenkatu. Our cooks (and farmers) Jukka and Jan prepared a three-course menu entirely made out of ingredients from the farm, which included this time among others a new experimentation with the making of Hemptofu. The goal for this dinner, in addition to an enjoyable evening, was to gain practice for everyone and to get feedback about the food and the overall experience. Following the delicious meal, we had a good round of discussions about our coop, see this little note on the things we will be collectively taking forward.

And a next dinner is already set for 23.11., under the theme of Oma Maa as a part of international (food and land) movements. It is great that our farmers Jan and Jukka are taking part on 9-11 November 2018 in the gathering of European Community-Supported Agriculture movements in Thessaloniki, Greece, for their 4th European Meeting – and will be telling more on this over dessert on 23.11. – do sign up to jasenet@omamaa.fi!


More Coop members & December’s Oma Maa Xmas (try-out) bag!

For the November month we are now at 55 bag orders, and whilst this means we are at a bit less bag order, we are very happy a few people have joined as full coop members, as well as that four new try-out members joined us for November, welcome!

In December our foodbags will see Oma Maa end of the year season treats, both traditional as well as foods of the future! This is how Oma Maa is wanting to develop its food: locally grown ingredients, traditional methods, yet also this combined with global practices and tastes. As December marks also the end of our summer season bags, we decided to now offer a one month whole bag try-out period for December, meaning three larger than normal bags (due to the last week and beginning of next year’s week being a break in production). Do spread this word to friends and acquaintances, that there is this possibility to bring ethical food products to all of our xmas and end of the Season celebration tables! Ordering happens via this form! (and if you are already getting your bag, you of course don’t need to do anything)

As already notified of, we will commence with our winterbag season in week 2 of 2019.

We requested your comments on the “Summer-winter season switch and 2019 bag ordering arrangements”, and we got a few replies from you writing that the arrangements seem good! (See our e-mail to you on 30.10.2018) So we will be proceeding as such.

We will soon be opening the orders for the winterbags, which will be smaller and consist mostly of processed and dry products, and thus cost less (120 euros a month). As we wrote also in the email, the aim is, however, to develop the processed products so new products are to be expected in addition to the familiar falafels, seitan and yoghurt. There will also be greenhouse greens in the bag and our collected berries are in the freezer to be shared, as well as to make ready products from. In addition we will be experimenting with the cultivation of mushrooms (oyster mushrooms).

So a lot of development of our foodbags will be upcoming this winter and made possible by your ordering of the bag!


A few more dates :

Welcome to join for talkoot during any weekday at the farm or any pick-up day at the cafe!

You can sign up to work at the farm or in the cafe on pick-up days as well as offer or find a ride to and from the farm via the talkoot form.

Read also again the complete overview of our talkoot workings.

And our next open board meeting will be at the cafe on Tuesday November 20th at 7:15pm and is open to all members. The agenda for the meetings is always updated to this document


Ruby, Jan, Mikael & Ulla

On our French bush beans delight, fall event dates and important upcoming Winterseason info! Huom!


***The whole newsletter in Finnish below***

Hi dear all,

October greetings!

About our September farming

Our farming in September was of course a continuation of our farming in previous months. These July, August and September newsletters will be informative for you who joined only recently.

This newsletter is being sent out as another IPCC climate change report has hit the headlines. Our Omppu Tonttu tila comrades in Lahti put it like this : “if you want to mitigate climate change fast and easy: eat organic. If our cultivated lands would be average organic fields, the effect would be about 3500kg/ha/year CO2 binding capacity. If our cultivated lands on the other hand are using chemical fertilizer, industrial products, they would be releasing about 1000kg/ha/vuosi CO2. The positive effect of organic farming is then about 4500kg CO2/ha/year. Every year!” Take that..

The kohtuusliike (finnish movement for “life in moderation”)  came out with these very nice 10 climate demands, several of them relating to agriculture, the possibility for people to shift away from detrimental jobs as offered by a basic income, and this shifting away then linked to the objective of self sufficiency.

As such the debate around also the relevance of Oma Maa’s raison d’etre continues in public.

On a yet closer to our grounds level 🙂 we have been asked to be more specific also regarding that what fared less well this summer season. The previous newsletters have already been referring to this, but different non-succeedings are to be attributed to on the one hand the heat and drought this summer season. So for instance our onions, garlic, härkäpapu, broccoli, cabbage, red cabbage, zucchini, basil, water melon suffered.

On the other hand, and for sure exacerbating the weather factor, has been the fact that quite a lot of our attention and energy went this year, for a considerable part, to the building up of (the functioning and capacities of) a new team on the farm, the first year start up of the kasvihuone (and a lot of learning has been done regarding also what to do differently inside our greenhouse for next year), and the efforts around our edible forest.

With regards to the outside planting then, what then eventually succeeded well, like our french bush bean season, was mainly due to a second round of planting.


… fresh broad beans sweets in our food bags

The above notwithstanding, in September our bags only got fuller and heavier. As someone counted it up one bagday, our foodbags were starting to weigh some 8kgs! We had a good quantity of French bush beans in our food bags, as also of broad beans from our cooperative partner, Kaukon tila, which freshly cooked, tasted simply like sweet. In our bags also sweet chocolate pepper and apple juice! As well as those very tasty and prize winning Colomba potatoes.

At the moment we are planting every week in the greenhouse – asian leaves, mangoldi, spinach, pak choi etc. upcoming! From the land, we are still awaiting beetroot and carrot, but also parsnip and piparjuuri and of course more lanttu and nauris.

@the farm In the beginning of September we had a recycling and handcraft event  – a very well visited and warm going about on the farm! With basically all the prepared for the occasion Oma Maa bread and falafel sold out.

& off the farm On the second week of September we had a cafe in the intermission of the Rakkaudesta performance in Cirko in Helsinki. Food members prepared and served small pastries, berry juice and infusion from seasonal ingredients from the farm and spread the word about our coop.

(Very) Slowly, but surely, more cooperative members

For the October month we have stayed at around the same amount of bag orders, 61 bag orders, with two new cooperative members having joined and 12 new try out members (Tervetuloa!). As has then been the case also in previous months – anyone wanting to be signing up for the foodbags continues to be welcome! (try-out membership continues in December and January – see below!)


Into the Winter season – Attention / Huom!

November has been marked as the end of our summerbag season. During a recent meeting on the farm with farmers and board members we discussed the timetables on and off the farm including farmer holidays, as well as the calendar of our foodbag seasons. The following was concluded:


We will be EXTENDING our summerbag season up and until thursday 20.12.2018.

Whole bag orders will be receiving extra items in their bag to making up for the last week of the year (and our aim is to do this in the form of some christmas Oma Maa treats).

Half bag orders who would have had a bag in the last week of December, will be requested to pick up their bag one week earlier – and we will of course check for the content of the bags keeping in mind we are speeding up your pick up rhythm.

So in summary, no bags on Tuesday 25th and Thursday 27th but everyone will have a bag to pick up on week 51 (Tuesday 18th / Thursday 20th).

If you are NOT be wanting to receive your bag in December, LET THIS KNOW BY 1.11.2018 (write to jasenet@omamaa.fi)

October-November try out members’ order will automatically end by the end of November but you can join the coop starting from December and order the December bag as a member.

Following the ending of the summer bag season, there will be a two weeks production break for the last week of December and first week of January.

We will commence with our winterbag season in week 2 of 2019. Our winterbags will be smaller, and thus cost less (120 euros a month). As there are five weeks in January, we are at the moment thinking that neither whole nor half bag orders need any compensative measures – both groups, even and uneven weeks, will get 4 or 2 pick up days. But this is something we can still get back to later, if this feels to be necessary. Pending the total amount of orders, there will be one or two pick up days in the winter season.

As such we will still continue having try out periods for the two months periods throughout the winter, adapting pick up days offers for the December and January month.

We will then be putting out soon a questionnaire as to when everyone thinks the winter season should be ending, and when the beginning of the summer season 2019 should start. But perhaps more relevant, and as a part of the questionnaire, we will also be asking your opinion on some options we thought of. So we for instance discussed the offering of a month’s break in an ongoing bagorder, for which we would charge a small fee (like 20 euro) related to the fact that we should then be finding additional try out members to fill the gap in income and to the fact that we are then nevertheless working for the products to be coming up in the bags following the break (the production in the co-op requires constant income even if breaks are taken). Another option we have thought of is to facilitate a simple system allowing you to be gifting your bag during a month (or half a month) to a friend or perhaps to a good cause. So the exact ending of our upcoming winter season and start of next year’s summer season is something we will still be discussing collectively.


Different upcoming dates!

Further organising and deepening our Coop – over a delicious Oma Maa dinner!

On Friday 26.10.2018 our farmers and cooks Jan and Jukka will be cooking a dinner for us – with the aim to both practice the taking up of the making of dinners in the cafe again, as well as to give us the great opportunity to deepen the discussions around the development of our coop over a fantastic dinner. We will not be asking for a fixed price for the dinners, but probably make a suggestion concerning a collection pot present. So we will be leaving it up to you with how much you would like to contribute for this cooperative dinner.

We will soon be coming back as to what the discussion around our coop will be concentrating on for that evening (we are planning at least two of these evenings), but you can already Sign up now! (send a message with how many people you will be attending the dinner to jasenet@omamaa.fi)

Talkoot and Kekrijuhla!

During October we are going to have two talkoot-events:

13 October: Talkoot with breakfast and guided tour at the farm. If you’ve never visited the Lassila farm or otherwise are curious, this is your opportunity! Before talkoot we will make a short guided tour at the farm and take a walk in our food forest. Please check the event on Facebook for its agenda and other details.

27 October: Talkoot with breakfast. If you want to start a new day with co-op members you’re welcome to join for the breakfast! You can also join just the talkoot. Please check the event on Facebook for its agenda and other details.

Please dress according to the weather. Rubber boots are highly recommended, and in case of the rain we recommend a raincoat.


If you are coming to the talkoot by car and can take people with you please let us know in the talkootyö-form (link in the email version of this letter)!

Kekrijuhla/Harvest feast 3.11!  More info still following! – but we will be having our traditional Harvest feast marking the beginning of winter on Saturday 3.11.  

And in addition to the above – Welcome to join for talkoot during any weekday at the farm or any pick-up day at the cafe!

You can sign up to work at the farm or in the cafe on pick-up days as well as offer or find a ride to and from the farm via the talkoot form (link in the email version of this letter).

Read also again the complete overview of our talkoot workings.

Last but not least 🙂 our next open board meeting will be at the cafe on Tuesday October 16th at 7:15pm and is open to all members. The agenda for the meetings is always updated to this document


Ruby, Mikael & Ulla



Lokakuiset terveiset kaikille,

Syyskuun viljelystämme

Syyskuun viljelymme oli tietysti jatkoa aiempien kuukausien töille, joten tässä on linkit heinä-, elo- ja syyskyyn jäsenkirjeisiimme, joista voi löytyä mielenkiintoista tietoa hiljattain mukaan liittyneille.

Tätä uutiskirjettä kirjoitetaan odotettaessa seuraavaa IPCC:n ilmastonmuutosraporttia, joka ilmestyy tänään maanantaina. Ystävämme Omppu Tontun tilalta Lahdesta kertovat seuraavaa: “Jos haluat nopeasti ja helposti torjua ilmastonmuutosta: Syö luomua. Jos meidän pellot olisivat keskimääräisiä luomupeltoja – väitämme että ne ovat keskimääräistä parempia ei-tehotuotantoluomuviljelytapojen ja laidunnuksen takia – olisi vaikutus suuruusluokkana: sidottu CO2 n. 3500kg/ha/vuosi ja jos peltomme olisikin kemiallisilla typpilannoitteilla käsiteltyä teollis-kemiallista viljelymaata vapautettu CO2 n. 1000kg/ha/vuosi. Myönteinen vaikutus siis suuruusluokkana n. 4500kg CO2/ha/vuosi. Ja huom, joka vuosi!”

Kohtuusliike julkaisi hiljattain nämä 10 kohtuullista ilmastovaatimusta, jotka liittyvät mm. maanviljelymenetelmiin sekä ihmisten mahdollisuuteen siirtyä pois ilmastolle haitallisista palkkatöistä perustulon varassa samalla omavaraisuutta vahvistaen.

Näin siis julkisessa keskustelussa ovat esillä Oma Maan perimmäiseen tarkoitukseen liittyvät aiheet.

Palaten maan pinnalle ja viljelyasioihin: meitä on pyydetty tarkemmin kertomaan myös siitä mitkä viljelykset menestyivät heikommin kesäkaudella. Aiemmissa uutiskirjeissä näihin asioihin on jo viitattu, mutta yhtenä haasteena tänä kesänä on tietenkin ollut kuumuus ja kuivuus. Sääolosuhteista kärsivät mm. sipulit, valkosipulit, härkäpavut, parsakaali, valkokaali, punakaali, kesäkurpitsa, basilika ja vesimeloni.

Toisena haasteena ja sään aiheuttamia haasteita edelleen hankaloittavana on ollut se, että tänä vuonna paljon huomiota ja energiaa on mennyt uuden viljelytiimin toiminnan ja osaamisen kehittämiseen sekä kasvihuoneen ensimmäisen vuoden kokeiluihin ja ruokametsän kehittämiseen. Nämä panostukset ja samalla saadut opetukset helpottavat viljelyä tulevaisuudessa.

Lopulta ulkoviljelyssä saavutetut menestykset joidenkin kasvien, kuten pensaspapujen, kanssa olivat lähinnä toisen istutuskierroksen ansiota.


…tuoreet härkäpavut herkkuina satokasseissamme

Edellisistä huomioista huolimatta syyskuussa satokasseistamme tuli yhä runsaampia ja painavampia. Joku laski yhtenä satojakopäivänä kassien painoksi arviolta 8 kiloa. Satokasseissa oli paljon pensaspapuja sekä härkäpapuja, jotka tulivat yhteistyökumppaniltamme Kaukon tilalta. Satokasseista löytyi myös mm. paprikoita ja omenamehua sekä tietysti makoisia Colomba-perunoita.

Tällä hetkellä istutamme joka viikko kasvihuoneessa ja sieltä on jatkossa tulossa mm. aasialaisia lehtivihanneksia, mangoldia, pinaattia, pak choita yms. Pellolta odotamme vielä punajuurta, porkkanaa, palsternakkaa ja piparjuurta sekä tietysti lisää lanttua ja naurista.

Tapahtunutta tilalla. Syyskuun alussa tilalla oli lämminhenkinen ja hyvin osallistujia kerännyt tapahtuma “Kierrätettyä ja käsintehtyä Lassilan tilalla”. Käytännössä kaikki tilaisuuteen valmistettu Oma Maan leipä ja falafel myytiin loppuun.

& tilan ulkopuolella. Syyskuun toisella viikolla toteutimme väliaikatarjoilut esitykseen Rakkaudesta – sanasto tuleville vuosikymmenille Cirkossa Helsingissä. Osuuskunnan ruokajäsenet valmistivat ja tarjosivat tilan kauden aineksista valmistettuja pieniä leivonnaisia, marjamehua ja hauduketta sekä levittivät sanaa osuuskunnastamme.

(Hyvin) Hitaasti, mutta varmasti lisää osuuskunnan jäseniä

Lokakuussa pysymme suunnilleen samassa satokassitilausten määrässä, joka on nyt 61 kokonaista tilausta. Uusia jäseniä liittyi osuuskuntaan kaksi ja uusia kokeilijoita tuli mukaan 12. Tervetuloa! Kuten aiempinakin kuukausina, tarvitsemme lisää tilaajia ja toivotamme kaikki kiinnostuneet tervetulleiksi ja täyttämään tilauslomakkeen! (myös 2kk kokeilumahdollisuus jatkuu edelleen, kuten aiemmin, mistä lisää alla)




Kohti talvikautta – Huom!

Marraskuu on merkitty kesäkautemme viimeiseksi kuukaudeksi. Hiljattain tilalla pidetyssä kokouksessa viljelijöiden ja hallituksen jäsenten kesken keskustelimme aikatauluista mm. viljelijöiden lomien sekä satokassikausiemme kalenterin osalta. Päädyimme seuraavaan:

Tulemme JATKAMAAN kesäkautta joulukuulle torstaihin 20.12.2018 asti.

Kokonaisen satokassin tilaajat tulevat saamaan lisätuotteita kasseihinsa lyhyemmän kuukauden vuoksi (ja tavoitteena on toteuttaa tämä jouluruokien muodossa).

Puolikkaan satokassin tilaajat, joilla olisi kuun viimeisellä viikolla hakupäivä, pyydetään hakemaan satokassinsa viikkoa aiemmin – ja kassin sisällössä pyritään tietysti huomioimaan tämä nopeutettu rytmi.

Yhteenvetona siis satokasseja ei jaeta enää tiistaina 25.12. ja torstaina 27.12., mutta kaikki tilaajat tulevat saamaan satokassin viikolla 51 (ti 18.12. / to 20.12.).

Jos ET halua jatkaa kesäkassin tilausta joulukuussa, ILMOITA 1.11.2018 MENNESSÄ sähköpostilla jasenet@omamaa.fi

Loka-marraskuun kokeilijoiden ei tarvitse erikseen ilmoittaa vaan kokeilu päättyy marraskuun loppuun, mutta jäseneksi voi liittyä joulukuun alusta ja joulukuun kassin voi tilata jäsenenä.

Kesäkauden päätyttyä pidämme kahden viikon tauon tuotannosta (joulukuun viimeinen viikko ja tammikuun ensimmäinen viikko).

Talvikausi alkaa vuoden 2019 viikolla 2. Aiempien vuosien tapaan talvikassimme tulevat olemaan pienempiä ja siten halvempia (120 e / kk). Tammikuussa on viisi viikkoa, joten tällä hetkellä ajatuksena on, ettei ensimmäisen viikon viljelijöiden loma vaikuta muihin viikkoihin. Kokonaiseen tilaukseen tulee joka tapauksessa 4 ja puolikkaaseen tilaukseen 2 hakupäivää. Tähän voidaan kuitenkin tarvittaessa palata myöhemmin. Riippuen talvikauden tilausmäärästä hakupäiviä tulee viikossa olemaan yksi tai kaksi.

Kahden kuukauden kokeilumahdollisuutta tulemme jatkamaan läpi talven.

Lähiaikoina tulemme myös lähettämään kyselyn siitä milloin talvi- ja kesäkauden vaihdoksen tulisi ensi vuonna sijoittua. Mutta ehkäpä vielä oleellisempana asiana tulemme osana kyselyä kysymään mielipiteitänne harkitsemiimme tilauksen tauon mahdollisuuksiin. Esimerkiksi on keskusteltu mahdollisuudesta jatkuvassa tilauksessa kuukauden taukoon, jonka ajalta veloitettaisiin kuitenkin pieni korvaus (esimerkiksi 20 e) liittyen siihen, että tauon ajaksi meidän tarvitsisi löytää lisää kokeilijajäseniä tulojen vähenemistä korvaamaan sekä siihen, että tauon aikanakin työtä on tehtävä tulevia satokasseja varten (osuuskunnan tuotannon jatkuvuus vaatii jatkuvia tuloja vaikka taukoja tilauksissa pidettäisiin). Toinen harkinnassa oleva mahdollisuus olisi helpottaa kassin lahjoittamista kuukauden tauon ajaksi ystävälle tai hyväntekeväisyyteen. Tulevan talvikauden päättymisajasta ja kesäkauden alkamisajasta tullaan siis vielä keskustelemaan.


Tulevia päivämääriä!

Osuuskunnan yhteisöllisyyden ja sisäisen keskustelun syventämistä illallisen äärellä!

Perjantaina 26.10.2018 viljelijämme ja kokkimme Jan ja Jukka tulevat valmistamaan meille herkullisen illallisen. Illan tavoitteena on sekä harjoitella illallisten aloittamista kahvilalla uudestaan että luoda mahdollisuus syventää keskusteluja osuuskunnan kehittämisestä illallisen äärellä. Emme tule pyytämään illallisesta kiinteää hintaa, mutta todennäköisesti asetamme sille suositushinnan ja lahjoituksen osuuskunnalle voi jokainen osallistuja päättää itse. Palaamme vielä tapahtuman yksityiskohtiin ja siihen mihin illan keskustelussa on tarkoitus painottaa (näitä iltoja on suunnitteilla ainakin kaksi), mutta voit jo ilmoittautua mukaan! (lähetä viesti ja osallistuvien henkilöiden määrä osoitteeseen jasenet@omamaa.fi)

Talkoot ja kekrijuhla

Lokakuussa meillä tulee olemaan tilalla kahdet talkoot:

  1. Lokakuuta: Talkoot, joihin kuuluu aamiainen ja opastettu tilakierros. Jos et ole koskaan vieraillut Lassilan tilalla tai olet muuten kiinnostunut, tämä on hyvä mahdollisuus! Ennen talkoita teemme lyhyen opastetun kierroksen tilalla ja kävelyn ruokametsässämme. Lisätietoja löytyy Facebook-tapahtumasta.


  1. lokakuuta: Talkoot aamiaisen kera. Jos haluat aloittaa uuden päivän osuuskunnan jäsenten kanssa olet tervetullut aamiaiselle! Voit myös osallistua pelkästään talkoisiin. Lisätietoja löytyy Facebook-tapahtumasta.

Pukeuduthan sään mukaisesti. Jalkineiksi suositellaan kumisaappaita ja sadepäivänä suosittelemme sadetakkia.

Jos olet tulossa talkoisiin autolla ja voit ottaa muita kyytiisi, ilmoitathan siitä talkootyö-lomakkeella (linkki tämän uutiskirjeen sähköpostiversiossa)!

Kekrijuhla 3. marraskuuta

Lisätietoa tulossa lähempänä! – mutta tulemme pitämään lauantaina 3. marraskuuta perinteisen sadonkorjuujuhlamme, joka merkitsee talven alkamista.

Tervetuloa talkoilemaan myös minä tahansa arkipäivänä tilalle ja satojakopäivinä kahvilalle!

Voit ilmoittautua hommiin tilalle ja satojakoon sekä tarjota tai löytää kyydin tilalle talkootyö-lomakkeella (linkki tämän uutiskirjeen sähköpostiversiossa).

Lue myös laajempi yhteenveto talkoomahdollisuuksista ja talkoosuosituksesta.

Toivottavasti tapaamme teidät kaikki ennemmin tai myöhemmin tilalla!

Viimeisimpänä, muttei vähäisimpänä seuraava avoin hallituksen kokous on kahvilalla tiistaina 16. lokakuuta klo 19:15 satojaon jälkeen ja se on avoin kaikille jäsenille. Kokousten esityslista päivitetään aina tähän dokumenttiin.


Ruby, Mikael & Ulla

Black (berry) pearls and the deepening of the workings of our Coop

Hi dear all,

September greetings!

About our August farming
Also August brought sunny and warm days, with the publicly expressed concerns on climate change continuing. Farmers too were on the brink, as this letter of a Dutch farmer was testimony to, urging his colleagues to go organic and sustainable in the face of climate threats. As our farmer Jan Veltman put it well, ”Interesting letter by the owner of a food-forest in the Netherlands! It’s meant for farmers, but we can also help by choosing where we buy our food!”. For more on the latter, see this nice 5 min video The Future of Food which puts further to the forefront what a beautiful thing we have in our hands with Oma Maa.

… continuing with beautiful black berry pearls in our food bags
August brought us different shades of reds and greens with from the greenhouse our tomatoes, radishes, cucumber, mangoldi, portulakka, chillies and from our open fields french bush beans, sweet peas, turnips, swedes and garlic. As those of you who are longer with know, this has been our coop’s first greenhouse year – as such good learning is continuously accompanying our walking, and will be taken with into the next season! An abundance of black currants stayed with us, as well as of potatoes from both of our coop’s farms Kaukon tila as also from Lassilan tila. And at the very end of the month a new beauty was to be found in our bags, namely tomatillo’s, and with this our possibilities to make a great salsa were completed:)
With this of course also the good work continued. Much of the work mentioned in our August newsletter continued, but to mention a few particulars of time consuming activities we did during September on the farm : all the garlic was removed from the ground, all cherries picked, and all of the hay was collected from the land.

More @the farm
It is great that also in August members joined to work on the farm also during foodbagg production hours. And this is something we want to continue to promote. Besides talkoot which will be called for separately, everyone remains most welcome to join during the week to get to know better all the work on the farm. Additional hands are of great value on the farm, whilst for you it gives yet a double deeper meaning to the “know where your food comes from”:)

(Very) Slowly, but surely, more food bagg orders
This September month we have come to 62 full bag orders, 42 whole bag orders and 40 half bag orders. Ten new try out members joined us in September (Tervetuloa!). With our egg orders remaining pretty much full for the moment.

And as such we continue to welcome more people to join us! 🙂 which remains a necessity for our coop to come to a sustainability level to be able to continue its operations. In terms of our season, our current “summer season” continues till November, and as such anyone signing up for the foodbags continues to be welcome! We are still fine tuning our plans with regards to what follows after November, i.e. how we continue into the winterbag season. But we will share this with you as soon as we have full clarity!

Further organising and deepening our Coop (also over dinner!)
At the very end of the month also, we had a good open board meeting which in particular addressed the further organising of activities in our coop. Please still find the notes here.

During the meeting the following groups were established :

1.Kurssit: Yhteyshenkilö Sami Keto
Oma Maa jakaa ruokaa, mutta voisi jakaa myös taitoja! Tavoitteena onkin vakiinnuttaa kurssien järjestäminen keskeiseksi osaksi toimintaamme – ja tuoda samalla lisätuloja osuuskunnalle. Kursseja voi olla monenlaisia, yhdistävinä teemoina kuitenkin omavaraisuus ja kumppannuusmaatalous. Syksyksi on kaavailtu ainakin mm. Vegaanista pizzaa lähiruuasta -kurssi! Tavataan kahvilalla torstaina 20.9. satojaon jälkeen klo 19. Jos et pääse silloin, mutta haluat olla mukana, ei haittaa. Ilmaise kuitenkin kiinnostuksesi sitä ennen sami.keto@gmail.com

2.Satokassien jako yhteistyökumppaneille: Maija Lumme
Tavataan kahvilalla tiistaina 18.9. satojaon jälkeen klo 19. Tule mukaan, jos sinulla on ideoita uusista yhteistyökumppaneista! maija.lumme@gmail.com

3.Viestintäryhmä: Mikael Ruohonen
Viestintäryhmässä mm. tehdään jäsenkirjeitä, ylläpidetään nettisivuja, päivitetään some-kanavia ja suunnitellaan mainontaa tapahtumissa. Jos viestintä kiinnostaa, ota yhteyttä Mikaeliin (mikael.ruohonen@gmail.com) ja seuraa osuuskunnan facebook-ryhmää.

4.Talkootyöryhmä: Outi Silfverberg
Tervetuloa mukaan ideoimaan ja kehittämään Oma Maan talkootoimintaa! Tapaamme maanantaina 17.9. Klo 17.30 Oma Maa -kahvilalla. Käydään läpi tämän vuoden talkoilun kuulumisia ja fiiliksiä – mikä on ollut kivaa ja antoisaa, mitä voisi tehdä paremmin. Kaikki ajatukset ja käsiparit ovat hyvin arvokkaita! Kiinnostuneet, ottakaa yhteyttä Outiin: outi.silfverberg@gmail.com.

Besides activating these working groups, our aim is also to organise a few memberdinners at our kahvila in October, during which besides having a wonderful exquisite dinner together, we will also take the opportunity to deepen our understanding of what our Coop is and can be. More on this asap!

Welcome to join for talkoot during any week day at the farm!

You can sign up, offer or find a ride via the following talkoot form (link to that in the email version of this newsletter).
Read also again the complete overview of our talkoot workings.

We will also be having our next Open board meeting Tuesday 18.9, klo19 @Oma Maa kahvila, Kaarlenkatu 15. Welcome there too!

Till soon at one of these occasions,

Ulla & Ruby

On our reds and greens, events@the farm and a question

Hi dear all,

August greetings!

About our farming: also a warm, sunny and dry July

As we all have been standing still at, in July the warm and sunny days continued. And manyfold have been the writings and conversations around us with concerns regarding the significance of these high temperatures, of climate change. And whilst in itself this weather of course also impacts the workings of our cooperative, and gives food for thought regarding directions to take for us, we also stand firm amidst the increasing recognition of the fact that it is sustainable organic small scale cooperative production, which in many ways is not only a strategical element of adaptation, but also of mitigation when speaking of climate change.

… with nevertheless beautiful reds and greens continuing in our food bags

The beautiful strawberry red continued in our bags during July, and we spent a good number of days on the fields together during the weekends, but also during foodbaggs days. Red also coming from our very first tomatoes in the foodbaggs in July! As well as from our radishes and cherries. At some point the strawberry delight ended, but only to give way for black currants, as well as potatoes from our very same and beautiful Oma Maa cooperative member Kaukon tila. More greens in turn in our baggs came from our first cucumbers! from our broad beans, as well as from our peas.

Good work has accompanied the (forthcoming) harvests. So the fields of the radishes, carrots and other root vegetables have been weeded, more salad has been planted, and most of the berries have been cleared in the food forest – surprisingly and wonderfully most of them seem to have been surviving in spite of the heat!

More @the farm

On the farm we appreciated to have members with us also during the intensive foodbagg production hours. And at large thoughts have been more developing as to how to have/enable more people engaged on the farm in meaningful and enjoyable activities. A second yoga and brunch was successfully held beginning July, with close to 30 people enjoying the session in a beautiful morning sun on the fields, as birds flew over. The brunch was also very appreciated, and brought up requests to cooking classes on the farm! We will be developing the upcoming ideas further, and as you can see from the below little calendar, for September a Kierrätettyä ja käsintehtyä Lassilan luomutilalla event will take place.

And more food bagg orders

This August month we then come to 60 full bag orders, which in practice means 40 whole baggs, and 40 half baggs. Nineteen new try-out members joined for august-september month, and ordered 6 whole and 13 half bags. Our egg orders are pretty much full for the moment.

As glad as we are with each and everyone of those orders, we are hoping to come to some 80-100 foodbag orders – this will be necessary for our coop to come to a sustainability level to be able to continue its operations. Signing up for the foodbags continues to be possible:)

Can you change your Tuesday pick up day to Thursday?

Last but not least still the following question : who of you Tuesday people (i.e. you who are currently picking up your foodbag on Tuesdays), would be willing, or perhaps even be glad, to change your pick up day to Thursday?! We are asking this, as there is currently a big difference in the number of bags to be produced for Tuesday compared to Thursday, with food bags produced on Tuesday almost reaching 40. The issue is that if we get above 40 bags for a certain day, we need to turn for instance the oven twice for one bread kind, which of course has its impact on our timetable etc. Therefore, as long as we are below 80 orders, it would be better if we can more evenly distribute the orders for Tuesday and Thursday. Should it be possible for you to switch, do send Ruby a message at jasenet@omamaa.fi! Thanking!

In the below a few upcoming Oma Maa dates :

Sunday 2.9 Kierrätettyä ka käsintehtyä Lassilan luomutillalla

Kierrätettyä ja käsintehtyä Lassilan luomutilalla

Klo 12:00 – 16:00

Welcome to join for talkoot during foodbag days :

Tue 7.8

Thu 9.8

You can sign up, offer or find a ride via the following talkoot form (link to that in the email version of this newsletter).

Read also again the complete overview of our talkoot workings.

You will note that on the talkoot form, you are also able to engage in a variety of Oma Maa promotional activities. You would be most welcome to engage also in that way in taking our coop forward!

Hoping to greet all of you sooner or later on the farm!


Ulla & Ruby


Summer greetings! on our edible forest, peltojooga, strawberries and diversity

Hi dear all,

July rainy summer greetings to all of you! not in the least also to you who have joined us now this month!

About our farming: warm, sunny and dry June

It was a very warm and sunny June month also on the farm, during which we concentrated on different things. We continued the development of the greenhouse and as such continued to have greens in the bags including our first beans! Our tomatoes and cucumbers are now growing strong there. We also spent time on our food forest clearing the area out; planted a lot of berry bushes, trimmed fruit trees, and of course spent efforts on watering the area. We also planted on the fields – carrots, mangoldi, a variety of beans, potatoes, onions, summer squash – and are keeping fingers crossed the rains have been coming in time for them to grow! As you will all have heard about, the past warm weather conditions have been presenting challenges for all farmers in Finland. In general, our avomaatuotanto will now be coming out a bit later this year, as we focused our spring energy to our very first greenhouse season, and our edible forest – both of course two fantastic things to have enjoyed and cared for! Do read also the profile of farmer Jan, one of our makers and care-takers.

We had to deal with an electricity cut during one of the bag days. This made us for a first time postpone our bagg day to the next day as we did not want to do away with all the prepared dough for the bread and beans for the hummus. But as the electricity only returned later on that postponed bag day, it was not possibly for us to make the bread and humus, and we ended up loosing what was prepared anyway. It is in moments like this, that looking at things from a long term perspective are important.

Because, we have been seeing the bountiful side as well!

Sharing the bountiful : Peltojooga and Strawberries!

So we celebrated a few new developments last month : We had our first well participated field yoga & brunch session! which has already been coined by a journalist as being an “innovation in agriculture”:) and we of course can’t do anything else but agree with the journalist that this is indeed a positive thing. A second peltojooga session upcoming 8.7! (see below)

Also, cooperation was renewed with one of Oma Maa coop’s founding members Eero Mattila of Kaukon tila, and in this manner we were firstly able to enjoy blackberries from the freezer, but then also a good amount of this years beautiful strawberries in our foodbags (of the Polka, Bounty and Jansok varieties). In addition, a number of you already came to the farm and picked strawberries according to the favourable conditions our coop was able to offer (8 € / kg if you pick just for yourself, or you pick on the principle of 50 % for the coop, 50 % for you). This offer still continues! as long as the strawberry fields provide, and is offered to all members, current try-out members and satojakokaverit, but not to other kaverit :). Needless to say we are also hoping this sharing of abundance is motivating our (try-out) members to renew or continue their enjoying of and commitment to our cooperative process! We can not stress too much, that our coop’s food bags are to be seen as a developmental process in itself, along with the overall development of the cooperative.

Speaking of which 🙂 …

Orders for August foodbag open now!

This July month we are having about the same number of bag order as in June. From August onward then, we are hoping to welcome the food bag orders of as many of you as possible:) be it as a member, as a try out member becoming member, or also of course of any new try-out members you believe would be interested to join! We are hoping to come to some 80-100 foodbag orders – this will be necessary for our coop to come to sustainability level to be able to continue its operations. We are at a critical point in this, thank you all for taking this to heart.

In the below a few upcoming Oma Maa dates

You will note that on the talkoot form, you are also able to engage in a variety to Oma Maa promotional activities. You would be most welcome to engage also in that way in taking our coop forward!


A little political end-note:) One beautiful feature of the working on the farm, is certainly also the societal and political discussions we have been having over morning coffee or lunch concerning, well, you name it:) but often of course regarding that what we are engaged in. Lifting here a particular issue we discussed during one of those moments : whilst putting a focus on the combatting of climate change is ofcourse an important issue, there is actually an even more core pressing reason in light of future life to farm and eat organic, namely the saving of our nature’s diversity. This is also what Oma Maa kumppanuusmaatalous is about!



Oma Maa dates upcoming!

Sunnuntaina 8.7. Kundaliinijoogaa ja brunssi Lassilan luomutilalla

klo 9:00-11:30

Facebook event

The next talkoot at least on:

Sa 7.7.

Tue 10.7

Thu 12.7

You can sign up, offer or find a ride via the following form (link to that in the email version of this newsletter).

Read also again the complete overview of our talkoot workings.

Hoping to great you soon on the farm!

Ulla & Ruby

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