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The Azolla Cooking and Cultivation Project at Kultivator (2016)

Kultivator - Wedding Between Art & Agriculture 2010

[Azolla Cooking and Cultivation at Kultivator 2010. Photos: Erik Sjödin and Kultivator.]

Kultivator is an experimental cooperation of organic farming and visual art practice, situated in rural village Dyestad, on the island Öland on the southeast coast of Sweden. By installing certain functions in abandoned farm facilities, near to the active agriculture community, Kultivator provide a meeting and working space that points out the parallels between provision production and art practice, between concrete and abstract processes for survival.

In connection to the “Wedding Between Art & Agriculture” in 2010 we planted Azolla in the newly dug out pond at Kultivator. The Azolla grew very well in the pond and Kultivator harvested many wheel barrows of Azolla. Some of it we offered to animals on the farm to see if they had any interest in it as fodder. We also grew some Azolla in a more controlled separate cultivation next to the pond, which we harvested Azolla from for cooking Azolla soup for the guest at the wedding to taste. The original idea was to do the cooking next to the cultivation but due to heavy rain we moved the cooking indoors into the barn. The Azolla soup got a very muddy color, but tasted ok, much thanks to the vegetable bullion it was cooked with.