Lasse Carlsen, owner and ceo at Bygaard – Mikala Mul, gardening trainee at Bygaard.
In recent years we’ve seen a worldwide interest in organic and urban farming – and at Bygaard they have just hired their first full-time gardening trainee. Mikala Mul is a young girl who believes in saving the world, and doing it through better and more sustainable farming
“We are wasting too much. We could create ‘super foods’ with 6 times as many vitamins, more nutrients and better taste. All on a human scale, in the middle of the city, profitable and with a substantial growth in jobs.”
Lasse Carlsen – co-owner and CEO at the urban farming project ‘Bygaard’ – speaks passionately and with confidence when explaining his business model and the potential of thinking differently when it comes to food production.
“We do market gardening at Bygaard. Temporary moveable structures that can be set up on empty building sites and relocated when need be,” he says, stressing that he’s proud to have hired the company’s first full-time gardening trainee, and that he sees a lot of potential in the young gardening students from the Danish vocational schools.
“I’m convinced that our results will help a lot of young people start their own urban farms. We are being contacted by people in Berlin, in Stavanger and Bergen. It’s an international movement taking off. There’s great interest in what we’re doing,” he says, adding that he did receive an overwhelming amount of applications for the trainee position he just filled.
“We ended up choosing 27-year-old Mikala Mul who has been with us for a month. She’s is now part of an alternative way of gardening – not spending her time in a greenhouse pruning school cucumbers all day. She’s getting a more diverse education, becoming part of a start-up company with a green agenda and on the rise.”
The need for a new way of life
“I heard about Bygaard from a friend. It was more or less a coincidence, but I’m so happy, I got the traineeship. I feel a lot of movement in my field. Associations and new companies that try to make a difference. Small businesses who have a lot of good ideas and are driven by young people,” says Mul, who recently said goodbye to her studies at university to go use her mind, body and soul in sustainable farming.
“There’s a need for a new way of life in the cities. A way of using space better – roof top farming, locally grown vegetables, private gardens where the grass is growing freely, and the biodiversity is thriving. That’s why I want to be a gardener and why I have chosen a traineeship at Bygaard,” she says, adding that she’s dreaming of a society 10-20 years from now where people are eating healthily and sustainably – all at the same time.
The green agenda is young and idealistic
Her words are supported and amplified by Carlsen who enjoys seeing a growing interest for producing foods in a different way.
“It’s becoming more handheld and organic out there – and I think that there will be more traineeships like ours. We are idealists. Trying to help young gardeners like Mikala experience a different way of food production, maybe even helping them build their own urban farms one day”, he says.