Organic Without Borders

Organic Without Borders

Organic Without Borders (OWB) is a social enterprise dealing with ecological city farming in Malmö. It was founded in 2014 in the legal form of a not-for-profit association with the aim to develop and support methods for sustainable city farming in Sweden, thus mainly in Sweden. Accordingly, the main objective with the enterprise is to share knowledge about city farming as a means to develop a social, economic, ecological and cultural sustainable society. According to OWB the key concepts for making this happen is to listen to other people, collaborate with other grass root organisations and to make a stable base through “dialogue between equals”. In addition to the development of different methods for sustainable city farming, the enterprise also works pedagogically with children and adults to teach awareness about locally produced food. Moreover, it organises fundraising to help people with city farming in other countries, including for instance Ethiopia and Namibia. Furthermore, OWB engage in many different projects such as summer schools in city farming, educational urban farming and community supported agriculture.

Linnea Wettermark, working fulltime with her business since its establishment, founded OWB in August 2014. In addition, the enterprise has one part-time employee on a 75 percent contract. Moreover, the enterprise make use of hourly paid employees during different periods when the workload is at its highest, especially during the summer months when it is time to harvest the crops. In terms of governance, OWB has a board of directors where Linnea holds the position of chair. On this basis, she is both the enterprise’s managing director and president.

In terms of revenues, OWB receives greatest financial support from the Municipality of Malmö, especially since a lot of the business involves children from different schools in the city. One of the enterprise’s main activities regards the establishment of outdoor classrooms where the children learn how to sow and harvest different crops during the semester. Furthermore, the children learn how to cook their own food with the sowed crops. In this respect, OWB aims to teach children all about sustainable ways of farming. Moreover, the aim is to make the children aware of the origin of different vegetables normally used in cooking. On this basis, the whole idea is that children will become more aware of organically and locally produced food making them more sustainable in their lifestyle.