On the beautiful and warm Ascension day in the beginning of May the Norwegian Goethe Institute invited for a meal a little out of the ordinary - a cultural meeting between various participants of the FREIRAUM project, joining together around a long table on the occasion of the Milano delegation visiting the city. "Freiraum" is a common project of the Goethe-Instituts in Europe, in cooperation with 53 actors from culture, science and civil society. Until March 2019, around 40 European cities are exploring the issue: What is freedom in Europe to day? Where is it endangered? How do we strengthen it?
The Food Studio Collective has co-edited Farmlife together with Gestalten, the renowned German publishing house. Farmlife is a beautiful collection of portraits of people who have chosen to live off the land without giving up their creative mindset. Follow them as they carve their own path from the farm to the table and give "living on a farm" a whole new definition.
Why is community important and why do humans seek it? What are we actually searching for in the meeting and melting with others and how does it relate to my personal evolution? If the evolution of this planet also is mirrored in the ways we relate, what lessons are waiting to be learned in terms of the way we build our communities? These questions have been echoing in my being this fall.
In the search for solutions that recognize the interconnectedness of root causes, my pilgrimage led me to the Ayurvedic system of healing. Can the legacy of Eastern medicine traditions contribute to our quest towards restoring balance and reviving our connection to nature?
Arriving at the farm this weekend was a true experience of stepping into winter wonderland. The rolling hills covered in snow and a bright reflection of the sun gave instant inner peace and joy to those of us arriving from grey city surroundings. No wonder the farmer Sidsel Sandberg had envisioned a Lavvo out here. She pointed out the spot next to her 16 square meter house, where she has dreamt of a permanently installed lavvo for the past ten years.
Snøen hadde ikke ligget lenge på fortauene, og bakken var glatt og minusgradene holdt seg stabilt. Utenfor Schous bibliotek på Grünerløkka knitret det ivrig fra bålet og nysgjerrige forbipasserende satt seg ned på benkene og fikk en varmende kopp med ingefærgløgg som fått nytt liv. Det var tid for det årlige overskuddsbordet, et langbord dekket for alle byens innbyggere med maten man trodde ingen ville ha.
“It’s fantastic that you come here, that you’re interested in seeing and learning. But,” Sidsel smiles and exclaims: “someone has to do this work every day. Who are they? And when will they come and do it?” We are gathered around the long wooden table in the wash house. Conversation is flowing, and the heat from the fireplace is melting our backs. Fresh baked bread from the oven, soup with freshly harvested vegetables, wine in our water glasses. It’s the day before the fall Get Away, and we, the Food Studio team, are at Hegli farm in Nannestad, a short hour from the capital city.
With good and honest food we mean food that both tastes good, has a positive impact on our health, food that´s responsibly produced, food that´s a result of plants and animals being treated well, and food that inspires us!
Food Studio wishes to change todays food system to a more sustainable network in the near future. 4 times a year, we organise a seasonal workshop and dinner in the natural surroundings of Oslo called Get Away. Other activities range from Get Away 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.
We believe that learning comes easy with first hand experience. We therefore invite you to pack your backpack and join us for a seasonal workshop and dinner where you are a part of harvesting, foraging and making dinner. We collaborate closely with knowledgeable people ranging from foragers to farmers to challenge the daily way we think about and work with food, and to open up for new ideas and solutions for future food.
Food Studio is where good food meets good ideas. Where food is more than just something you eat. A place where food becomes conceptualized through physical and mental experiments. A memory. An experience. An object of theory. Art. Politics. Social interference. Cultural inheritance. An idea. If you know someone special who would enjoy this, you can give them a beautifully wrapped gift card for a Food Studio experience.