Situated in the Central Denmark Region (Midtjylland), Aarhus is known for its bottom up initiatives involving UA. The ‘Taste Aarhus’1 program has been a key driver of the implementation of more than 300 UA initiatives around the city. The program is managed by Aarhus Municipality partially through self-funding (€1 million) and partially through funding provided by Nordea Bank (€1 million, 2015-2018). The main question the program address is ‘How can cities create more socially inclusive places and communities, when focusing on edible nature and urban farming?’ Taste Aarhus uses urban gardening as a tool to bring people together, activate underutilised spaces around the city and engage people in the practice of growing their own food. The SiEUGreen project will sustain and enrich the UA activities in “Taste Aarhus” Program and technical provision. Urban Agriculture-related technologies will be implemented in the Aarhus showcase, including moving mobile gardens, dry toilets and polytunnels.
In this showcase, there is major progress on the technology deployment and the community engagement. As for the green technologies, they have made the design for the polytunnels construction and system for irrigation, they have found means to access recyclable material to make the construction and purchased it. They have also been digging at appointed places to prepare for the polytunnels. The models of the polytunnels have been placed for exhibition in the planning department The World Gardens. The crops have been already plant at the polytunnels and it is already proved that the crops have grown approximately 20% faster than without polytunnels. Growing in the polytunnels has continued during the pandemic. The association is planning to build more poly tunnels. About the blue technologies, important decisions on the maintenance of the solar dry toilet (already in place) have been taken and as for the toilet compost, it was agreed that one or two students from NMBU will monitor the toilet and the residue. The demonstration ‘Solar‐driven toilet and urban farming in Fællesgartneriet’ has been set. The compost produced will be tested for suitability to be used in vegetable gardens to assure the community for the safe use of recovered soil amendment products in their gardens. Notable activities have taken place to engage the community, more than ten official actions have been organized, exposing the new technologies. The pandemic has put restrictions to what types of activities has been able to carry out in relation to the polytunnels. There are preliminary plans for a workshop on building in poly tunnels for 2021, in accordance with corona restrictions.