ØsterGRO: urban agriculture at its best
ØsterGro or as locals call it GRO (Grow), is a real urban rooftop farm in the heart of Copenhagen.
14 February, 2016
Positioned five floors above an old car auction house, ØsterGRO is an organic produce garden, filled with plenty of fruits and vegetables as well as urban bees and chickens; enough to serve the exclusive member’s club of seventeen.
Danish photographer Oliver Herlitschek, went in search of this hidden farm on a Wednesday; harvest day. He captured these beautiful images as volunteers picked bunches of kale, beets, tomatoes for the members to pick up in old wooden crates.
Up amongst the lush urban garden, Herlitschek says it’s easy to mistakenly think that you’re in a countryside setting. However, the 90 tonnes of soil spread over well-planned raised garden beds, is surrounded by old buildings, apartment blocks and abandoned lots in downtown Copenhagen.
Livia Urban Swart Haaland, one of the team behind ØsterGRO says, ‘We are not labouring under any illusion that the people of Copenhagen will somehow become self-sufficient from urban gardens and agriculture, but we want to serve as a link between Copenhagen and organic agriculture for the city, inspire local organic markets and disseminate knowledge about food – whether it comes from rooftops or the countryside.’
You can read more about ØsterGRO’s inspiring hidden rooftop here.
Photos by Oliver Herlitschek