They call themselves “Copenhagen’s largest roof farm”, and that with good reason. Three people’s idea of making a farm in the city center came about 1.5 year ago, and in the spring of 2014, Østergro, saw light of day. Østergro, which is Danish and translates into “EasterGrow” is an urban garden turned farm turned collaborative, is situated on top of an old car auction in the Northeastern part of Copenhagen. The vision for the farm was, amongst other great things, to create a local and sustainable production in the city, and with that give the people of Copenhagen the possibility of following (and participating in) a organic agriculture closely. Østergro is build on CSA principles and has clearly met a demand the city didn’t know it had. Just within it’s first year, Østergro supplied 16 families with organic, local produce from their roof. Today more than 40 families are now an active part of Østegro.
In 2015 Østergro expanded it’s operations and opened up a restaurant called “Stedsans” (Sense of Direction), where they turned the farmes produce into delicious dishes, and foodies were benched alongside one long table, shoulder to shoulder with someone they neccesarily didn’t know. The restaurant came out of nowhere, but rapidly spread across social media. This despite the Danes being somewhat a very reserved people. This just shows the potential of what’s to come, and the fact the reason and good taste wins over inhibitions.