Are you interested in sustainable, local, and organic food, brought to you straight from the farm? You are in the right place!
Oma Maa is a food co-operative based on community-supported agriculture (CSA) as well as ecologically and socially sustainable food production methods. Together as a community, we produce a large variety of products at our community farm, the Lassila family farm in Tuusula, about 30 km from Helsinki. We are looking to grow into a community that can sustain 200 food members in total.
Oma maa is inviting you on board for an all-year-round ecological community process around Good Agriculture. Here agriculture refers to the cultivating and developing of the land to fulfill people’s need for food as well as other basic needs, and to make good, ecological life possible. Read more about what we mean by Good Agriculture here.
Community-supported agriculture (CSA)
Oma Maa aims to develop a new kind of solidarity-based food system where the line between a producer and a consumer is deliberately faded. The co-operative partnership offers the producing members a steady market to deliver their produce to while eliminating food waste. The food members get a steady stream of local organic produce. Besides the benefits, both member groups also share the risks of the production, e.g. poor harvest due to cold summer, as is natural in a mutual partnership.
An open operating model based on democratic decision-making is the basis of cooperative management. Everyone can take part in making decisions about how and for what the commonly owned means of production are used. Goals of transparency and openness are actualized through the guaranteed origin of the products and the methods of production, as well as by the transparent operating model of the co-op. Our aim is to develop this model further so that the producing and food members continually work in close collaboration.
The investment costs and risks can be kept minimal for a single member with the help of a large group of co-operative members. The 200 euro production shares can be compared to building blocks used to build our commonly agreed upon future.
Ecological food production
Our partnership with the Lassila farm enables us to develop a production system where the food is organic, local and the means of production are communally owned. We want to develop methods of production that supports ecological food culture and works as a model on how to implement wider changes in food production systems. Oma Maa’s production model has been called the most diverse CSA initiative in the world.
Our production is organic and local. The production and the produce are seasonal. The biomass and energy streams of production are developed to become more and more circular and local to the farm so as to avoid dependency on natural resources needed elsewhere.
Active participation in a mutual companionship
Food members are actively encouraged to participate in the co-op activities through several types of communal work. Members can help out at the farm during the week and weekends, help organize the weekly food distribution at our café in Kallio, or join one of our working groups.