Mustarinda gardening project

27thmayMustarinda gardening project, 2014–


Press release 21.9.2017

The garden next to Mustarinda house was initiated 2014. The aim of the gardening project is to make Mustarinda-house more self-sufficient by learning to grow our own food.

In the gardening project we collect local traditional knowledge and share it. Learning the skills, practicing, testing, observing and inventing are important goals in the project.

The new garden plot was started in May 2014. In the same location there was earlier a vegetable garden when Mustarinda house was still used as a school (from 50’es to 70’es). We were interviewing the old teacher, students and neighbors of the school and have got to hear many interesting stories about the school and its garden. We have also got seeds and seedlings from the locals and from our friends around the country.

The digging started with a two-week Volunteer work camp (organized with KVT) to help with the digging. We’ve celebrated the beginning of the growing season every May in Helajuhla (Ascension day) which also serves as a forum for exchanging knowledge about gardening and wild plants with the local friends. We’ve also arranged Hay Day events. The crop has been used in Mustarinda house and many of its events during the fall. Herbs (also wild ones) have been dried for selling and gifts.

The project is open for everyone to learn and share your knowledge and skills!

Pauliina Leikas was the gardener in 2014–2015. Her thoughts on what she learned about plants and people when starting the project were shared in Mustarinda magazine 2015:  Plants and people – Google garden

During the four years the garden has grown in size and many people have put their hands into the soil. New green house was built in the spring 2017 from recycled windows. Our experimentations with compost heating are providing heaps of compost every year, so it seems the garden will continue growing! Last years the garden has been taken care of by Hanna Kaisa Vainio, Tiina Hirvonen, Michaela Casková, Satu Engblom, Sallamari Rantala, Riikka Keränen and many of our wonderful interns.

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Ilmari Räsänen Foundation supported the project 2015.


ferment2Photos: Pauliina Leikas