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Self-sufficiency plan for Copenhagen suburb

Copenhagen

Detailed description of the Good Practice

Can a suburban community become self-sufficient in food? Hardly altogether, but most could get a good deal closer than they are today. The Environment and Energy Centre (MEC) in Høje Taastrup (pop. 45.000) west of Copenhagen has worked out and is following up a plan which decribes how it can be done in very realistic terms. The plan, which has won a prize of 50.000 DKK from the Danish Eco-Village Sociey, also points out several reasons why: self-sufficiency means less transport, more security, better consumer information and knowledge of food quality, enhanced biodiversity and a stronger sense of community.

Within 2005, the MEC aims to: double the percentage of garden owners who grow their own vegetables, triple the number of allotments, quintuple the number of people owning hens (5 % already do), increase production of honey and stregthen bonds to nearby farms by getting more people to buy produce directly from them or to buy their own animals and rent pasture from the farmers. More schools and kindergartens are to get their own vegetable gardens. There are already quite a lot of fruit trees in Høje Taastrup, but half the fruit is left to rot on the ground, so the plan calls for presses to make juice of the autumn surplus. Also, nutrient cycles should be closed by installing more urine-separating toilets and using the urine for fertiliser, within Høje Taastrup or on nearby farms.

The MEC has begun following up the plan by arranging courses in composting, bee and poultry keeping, by providing a number of residents with chickens and arranging organic-food market days. In 2000 the MEC bought a juice-press, which was hired out during the autum to 25 different residents with a surplus of apples in their gardens. A second press has been bougt for the 2001 season. A mobile henhouse has been lent for a week or two at a time to 23 different families, to let them get a taste of poultrykeeping. Half of them decided to take it up on a permanent basis.

sustainable consumption

Objectives of the Good Practice

Aims to: double the percentage of garden owners who grow their own vegetables, triple the number of allotments, quintuple the number of people owning hens (5 % already do), increase production of honey and stregthen bonds to nearby farms by getting more people to buy produce directly from them or to buy their own animals and rent pasture from the farmers.
More schools and kindergartens are to get their own vegetable gardens.

Participants of the Good Practice

The Environment and Energy Centre (MEC) in Høje Taastrup

Target group of the Good Practice

citizens

More Details of the Good Practice

Documentation and documents

Available files

Contact details

Knud Anker Iversen
Miljø- og Energi Centret i Høje Taastrup
Address Høje Taastrup Boulevard 60, DK-2630 Taastrup
Telephone +45-43 99 51 01
Telefax +45-43 52 08 54
E-mail mec@email.dk
WEB-address http://www.sek.dk/mec/index.html

Data sources and references

Stiftelsen Idebanken http://idebanken.no/english/Goodexamples/hoved.html (Accessed April 10, 2009)