- General information
Year2017 – 2019
TeamAndrea Gilly, Chris Holtslag, Lilli Linkola
PartnersWaste2Taste, Ravintola Loop
Cananis Fermento is a food waste preservation club that aims to reduce food waste by (re)learning, sharing and teaching different food preservation techniques.
The initial idea
Cananis Fermento was formed in 2017 in Helsinki by a group of students, entrepreneurs and others active in the local food scene after meeting in a local circular economy festival where waste food was a major topic. While participating in this festival, we discussed the need for more local initiatives in which people can learn how to preserve food in a sustainable way, as a response to the food waste, and as a way to get acquainted with the food system. That is why we decided to take matters into our own hands and came together to form a local food preservation club.
The goal of Cananis Fermento is threefold: on the one hand, we aim to experiment with informal and collective ways in which people can participate in the local food system, on the other hand we focus on reducing waste food and closing the loops within Helsinki’s food distribution system, thirdly we aim at (re)learning food preservation techniques with a low-energy impact. Although we draw inspiration from traditional food preservation techniques, we do not try to bring back the old. Instead, Cananis Fermento aims to develop new ways of storing food by sharing preservation techniques from different cultures and combining traditional knowledge with contemporary insights.
The main activity of Cananis Fermento is centred around our ‘Preservation Cafe’: a monthly recurring event during which we preserve food waste collected from local supermarkets. During a preservation cafe a group of people work together to process several boxes of disregarded food. Because of the limited choice the box provides, the group is restricted in what they can do. As a result, the group has to work together, learn how to respond to immediate circumstances and trust their intuition.
If you like to learn more about Cananis Fermento, feel free to download this booklet containing a more extensive documentation of this project.