Introduction to Matskogen at Landås with food samples feat. Lars Holdhus and Benedicte Brun

As the exhibition “Earthworks” nears its end, all life around us begins to approach spring, and we conclude the exhibition period with a guided tour in the Food Forest at Landås, where you will receive an introduction to the perennial plants grown there and their uses. What is a food forest, what functions can it have, and how can we create more forest gardens in Bergen? There will be food and tea served based on ingredients from the food forest and local produce. The food will be vegan and gluten-free, and both adults and children are very welcome.

The Food Forest at Landås was started in 2012 and serves as a demonstration forest for regenerative agriculture. It is beautifully situated on the south-facing slope towards Ulriken. The forest is managed by volunteers and is open to everyone. The goal of the food forest is to combine good nature management and food production, create a social meeting place for locals and volunteers, and educate people about what a forest can be. Until 2010, the area was covered by a production forest. When the production forest was cut down, the idea of a food forest was born. The Food Forest at Landås consists of over 100 different food plants. In addition, there are many edible plants that grow wild in the area. Some of the plants include fruit trees, nut trees, large-fruited hazelnut, chestnut, walnut, monkey puzzle tree, and Siberian fir, berry bushes, perennial herbs, and perennial vegetables such as asparagus, sea kale, daylily, lily of the valley, nodding onion, wild garlic, ostrich fern, and udo. Among the less common berries and fruits that have been planted are, among others, serviceberry, sea buckthorn, aronia, silverberry, kiwi berry, salal, blueberry, and quince.

Practical info: There are some parking spaces right up by the food forest that are often available, but it’s best to take public transport or bike. From the city centre, you can take bus route 12 to Sollien Nord, from where it’s about a 10-minute walk. There are no clear signs on the way up to the food forest, so it’s a good idea to look it up in advance.

Lars Holdus is a Norwegian artist and food forest worker. In addition to being an active volunteer participant in the Food Forest at Landås, Holdhus also runs the project Good Praxis together with Juha van’t Zelfde. He is currently working with the project Degrowth for Artist together with Arnau Sala Saez. Lars Holdhus I part of the exhibition “Earthworks” with a work in collaboration with Matskogen på Landås.

Ecologist Benedicte Brun, a graduate of the Norwegian Biotechnology University, has, through her involvement in the grassroots movement Global Transition Network, initiated a series of experiments for the development of food forests in the West Norwegian context. Through her Food Forest projects, Benedicte creates living seedbanks, while at the same time highlighting the issues that arise when food is to be grown in urban contexts characterized by industrial pollution.

Location: Matskogen at Landås