EXPERIMENTS FOR RESILIENT AGRICULTURE

Working on the Brände Udde farm site

Welcome to Regenerative Energy Communities! Based in Växjö, Sweden, this project explores how current energy paradigms can be challenged by energy approaches that work with agroecology and regenerative agriculture's central commitment of not only maintaining but actively reviving and enhancing the health and resilience of local ecosystems.

Funded by the Swedish Energy Agency, the project engages members of the public interested in the crucial problems of contemporary energy practices through creative, community-inspired experiments with alternative approaches to energy provision. This can include local farmers, growers and energy enthusiasts, but also anyone interested in collectively exploring what possible forms a regenerative energy practice might take.

Through our ongoing Energy and Agriculture Open Labs, podcast series, and free to replicate small-scale prototypes, we hope to collectively experiment with and share a range of regenerative energy practices, concepts and principles able to generate new and challenging perspectives on energy provision aimed at supporting socioecological transformation.

ENERGY + AGRICULTURE OPEN LAB

Anyone interested in engaging with issues of alternative energy and farming are welcome to visit our regular Energy + Agriculture Open Labs in Växjö, Sweden. Running approximately once a month (normally on a Tuesday from 15:00-18:00), the open lab is a place for discussion, questions and hands-on tinkering and sharing of ideas around alternative approaches to energy and agriculture. Oftentimes we run planned workshops on particular themes, including workshops by invited speakers and workshop hosts. See the calendar for upcoming dates.

Outside of the scheduled open labs we also very much welcome visits to our studio space for learning more about the project and exploring ideas on enery and agriculture together. If you want to plan a visit or have questions regarding a specific Open Lab, just contact us!

Open Labs poster

WHO ARE WE WORKING WITH?

Our Project is partly located within the Brände Udde farm site hosted by VXO Farmlab, who describes themselves as: "a collective experimental urban farm space that explores local food economies, resilient food networks and regenerative cultural flourishings." VXO Farmlab follows in the footsteps of earlier active engagement with the Brände Udde site, especially the work of The Feminist Farmers and also the ongoing work of The Dirt.

Växjö Farm Lab graphic
Scanned image of a fieldnotes notebook

Ongoing fieldnotes from us on prototyping, thoughts in the making, collaborations and other moments and works in progress!

UPCOMING EVENTS

28 Jun, 15:00-18:00
Energy + Agriculture Open Lab - “Soil chromatography workshop” with Oliver Jäggi from the Swiss Mechatronic Art Society (SGMK)

17 Oct, 16:45-17:45
Helen Pritchard, “Regenerative Energy and Queer GeoChemistries” keynote for Counterparts: Exploring Design Beyond the Human conference

17-18 Nov
“Wind as regeneration” workshop for Swedish Research Council’s Symposium on artistic research in a time of change, Luleå University of Technology

1-2 Dec
Groundings conference co-hosted by Regenerative Energy Communities at Linnaeus University

Past events

REC PODCAST

Stay tuned for our Regenerative Energy Communities Podcast! We will be interviewing and curating discussions with practitioners working within concepts of regenerative design, sustainable agriculture, alternative energy systems and bio-friendly technologies.

Regenerative Energy Communities podcast graphic

PROTOTYPES

Feral circuits generating sounds while connected to plants and mushrooms

The project will involve prototyping experiments aimed at exploring what forms regenerative energy alternatives might take. This will include creative, community-inspired experiments with a series of low-cost, open-source microgeneration energy sources that can be readily reproduced and inspire further new perspectives on energy alternatives.

So far, we have been working on wind turbines grown from mycelium and making electricity and fertilizer from urine. Watch this space for documentation so you can make your own regenerative technology prototypes that will work in your agricultural setting.

SHARE YOUR ENERGY WITH US!

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Regenerative Energy Communities is a 3 year long research project funded by the Swedish Energy Agency, as part of their program People, Energy Systems and Society (MESAM), and is a collaboration between Linnaeus University (Department of Design+Change), Linköping University (Department of Technology & Social Change) and Plymouth University (i-DAT)