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Advance information: Become a campus farmer!

25.03.2014

Are you intrigued by growing your own food, promoting urban farming and spending your time in a great company? If you answered yes to any of the above, you should take part in campus farming! This year, farming will expand from the city centre campus to Viikki to the lawn area adjacent to Bio3 with 30 growing boxes. Last year, there were already 18 large sacks in the courtyard of Topelia and 12 sacks in the yard of the Faculty of Social Sciences.

You can register as a farmer through an e-form starting at 10am on 10 Apr. The form is open until 17 Apr 4pm. The e-form will be published in the next HYY's member newsletter (9 Apr), many e-mail lists and facebook. You should act fast in order to get a farming plot.  You’ll wind the form from https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/50047/lomake.html.

Each sack and box is divided into four sections and farmers can reserve either one corner or half of the sack/box for themselves. Groups may reserve one entire sack/box. Campus farming costs €5/one farming unit, which is one-fourth of a sack/box. This amount is spent for the purchase of farming equipment and organising events and training. Campus farming is intended for the students and staff of the University of Helsinki.

The first working bee will be organised on 24–25 May in both farming plots and participation is mandatory for farmers. In addition, we will organise various events in farming plots, as well as free urban farming courses.

You may still join the Campus Farming Committee, which coordinates and organises the activities! The next meeting will be held at 5pm on Wednesday, 26 March, in the meeting room Cajsa  (Mannerheimintie 5 B, 4th floor, entrance between Pentik and the health store). You can become a farmer even if you are not involved in the Campus Farming Committee.

If you want to stay up-to-date, please join the Facebook group of the Campus Farming Committee. All events are published in the group and you can share your own ideas there. The group can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/731073360260690/ or  you can make a request to subscribe to the campus farming mailing list.

For further information, please contact Chairperson of Campus Farming Committee Marianne Saviaho, tel. 040 778 5163, marianne.saviaho(at)helsinki.fi.

Come and promote urban farming and grow your own food!