Urban Farming at Frihamnstorget

I would make a small meeting about urban farming in Frihamnstorget outside my workshop on Thursday 30/4/2020 at 17:00.

The meeting will also be about a upcoming welding course.

Points I would like to talk about:

-Automated watering systems in Frihamnstorget @Thedodod
-Building green (plantable) walls and structures in a welding course
-Bee keeping
-Insect hotels
-Rain water collection and grey water systems
-Costs, budget and funding models @hampus @hugi
-Overlap with upcoming solar punk event ?


I will be there! Perhaps @NinaLindberg, @jonasjohansson, @Frida_Simon, @Simon, @Thedodod, @SofiaAnner, @Ollxor, @Jomi would like to join?

@MariaEuler, if you are not still keeping at home, this is a great opportunity for ethnography! :slight_smile: Meeting is outside.

I would also like to just loop in @matthias, @noemi, @nadia, and @alberto for awareness of what is happening on this side of the continent that could be tied in with EarthOS and the Reef. Is there any old material on Edgeryders referring to this sort of stuff?

@elch, I moved this to a new thread to make it a little more visible and since I think it deserves its own topic. Hope that’s okay!


See you there!

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@victoria_albrecht @susannaengstrom @claes_gammelgaard


The answer is LOADS. Just top of mind

The people with whom you ought to connect are


Good posts:
https://edgeryders.eu/t/the-urban-shepherd-of-stockholm (talks about Jordan, the last person on the list above)

Also: you should talk to @zmorda about this because there is a serious issue with food security in tunisia and not many projects, but i bet if we did a call for people to get going we might find experiences worth learning from

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Will be there, fresh of my ethnography introduction with amelia :slight_smile:
Looking forward to it

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@hampus, is this something you’ve heard about? Are these people in our network? I seem to recall someone being connected to the FuturePerfect scene? Maybe @ashkan or @guff know?

I’m in!

Do we have a budget for watering systems?

I was thinking of the possibility to clean grey water through plants. Then we could solve our sewage problem for the cafeteria

From Blivandes side, we no longer have a budget for any improvement until things improve with Covid. We need to get creative, and either through fundraising for a Frihamnstorget budget or through very low-cost solutions that we (as individual members) can front ourselves.

Insect hotel guide: https://entomologistlounge.wordpress.com/2017/09/18/insect-hotels-a-refuge-or-a-fad/


@MariaEuler, do you have the notes from the meeting? :slight_smile:

Notes from Urban gardening meeting

On the 30th of April the initial Urban gardening meeting for Frihamnstorget following the initiative by @elch (Toby) met on his balcony overlooking the square. Weather was sunny for a bit and increasingly cold. The Whiteboard was brought up to the balcony via the forklift, a very much appreciated gesture.

Let’s get in the greens: Urban Gardening at Frihamnstorget:

What we discussed regarding the gardening:

  1. Installing a watering system like in Tobi’s balcony. Water pipes with holes and an attached timer make it easy to care for the crops. People could plant and them not worry much more about the plants:
  • Budget for water system:
  • Less than 3000 to 4000 SEK in total Material costs
  • @Thedodod and @elch will start to set this up now either way. Thank you for the urban garden pipe heros!
  1. What type of planters?
  • Cut open metal tubes
  • Like the existing wood boxes
  • Green wall structures to be made during welding course
  • Collaboration with “Hydrogarden” contact through @Joannis-Magnus
    Can we/ want we collaborate with Hydrogarden setting up a shop at Frihamn to get to have a planting experiment station/demonstration station there? Hydrogarden would need to find a shop space near Frihamnstorget. Could we help them get that?
  1. Compost: Toby will build it and we could all add to it at Frihamnen

  2. Bees : (Tobee ;)):honeybee:

  1. Build an insect hotel: material exists, could be turned into a workshop for work and play, or into a paid workshop for classes.

  2. Greywater System: clean greywater from Caffe using plants

Grey Water needs to be solved for Frihamnstorget in the long term view. However, we could only ever do that on a small scale as we won’t have much soil. If then it would be more a limited “showroom” project. We would need to be very careful to not make the place look like a swamp.

  1. Funding and costs:
    The new PLATO project uses a “dreams and realities” system similar to borderland festivals. Plans and proposals can be put up there and funding can be organised and decided that way.

Regarding the 3000 to 4000 SEK, Blivande would be able and happy to provide that initial funding given that all of us subscribe to make the festival in September happen and amazing! :slight_smile:

Peripherally connected notes:

Stuff that came up, but is not just about the urban gardening.

  1. Wifi for Frihamnstorget: Can be established easily with a signal booster from the house

  2. Blivande/Frihamn could get necessary income via Festival planning/ticket selling for September:

”let’s build an amazing magic hype 600 – 800 SEK for a weekend festival + access to work play at Frihamn mini membership.”

  • Tickets for the festival would also give you access to work and play at Frihamnstorget.

  • Work & play:
    PLANNED/DESIGNED EVENTS TWICE A MONTH (urban gardening and welding could be part of that)

  1. For the big festival, we would probably rent a bigger part of the parking lot.

  2. Tekniska Museet is interested in collaborating for outdoor events.
    The museum would not pay for it, but the participants who could come through the museum could. (mainly children)

  3. Welding courses: 3 machines from @toby + 3 Machines we could borrow

  4. Connecting to maker places to “headhunt” them while they can not do much in inhouse places.

  5. Having lockable bike storage would make the place more attractive for new members. COuld also be a welding course project.


  • GO FOR IT (for the pipes).
  • Urban Gardening wanted in general
  • Let’s plan and create more for the festival to enable all of the other plans
  • Use Plato for the planning and financing: https://frihamnstorget.dreams.wtf/
  • People starting initiatives like this are very cool :slight_smile:

@hugi, should I also post this again as its own post of leave it like this?

It’s such a great post, so let’s make it its own :slight_smile: