The Ahlberg Garden has deep roots as a useful plant farmer. Ahlberg's shopping garden was founded as early as 1922 in Viikki, Helsinki. The garden moved to Sipoo Östersundom in 1967 and we ( hortonomists Kaijus Ahlberg and Minna Tengvall ) we have been cultivating the garden since 1992. We switched to entirely organic production in 2000. The arable area is 2.4 ha and the greenhouse area is 2,300 square meters.
THE HIGH-QUALITY ORGANIC PRODUCTS OF THE AHLBERG GARDEN ARE SOLD BY THE HELSINKI REGION'S VEGETABLE WHOLESALERS, SPECIALTY SHOPS AND WELL-EQUIPPED GROCERY STORES.
At the time of Finland's independence Arthur Ahlberg drove horse-drawn carriages from Malmi to the Helsinki Market Square to sell vegetables and herbs. A decade later Arthur's wife Edith rumbled to the market on T-Ford, at that time there was an exception to the wheel of a truck. Novelties have always been introduced open-mindedly, products and methods have been developed along the way. But the customer-oriented approach and the drive for high quality have continued from generation to generation.
In the 1950s, the son of Arthur Bror-Allan that is, Putte took the lead from the garden. His burning interest and ability to invent and build equipment for the needs of the garden contributed to the development of the garden as a front row lettuce and parsley producer. Putte considered himself as much an inventor as a gardener. During his time, the garden also had to move to Sipoo Östersundom, out of the pressure of the expanding city.
The current generation, the hortonomists Kaijus Ahlberg and Minna Tengvall, have been developing operations since 1992. sons Juho and Jaakko are nowadays co-owners.
EXCERPT FROM PIHLAJAMÄKI HISTORY
In 1917, Arthur Ahlberg also became a gardener in Pihlajamäki. He had studied in Germany and worked in the Botanical Garden in Helsinki before becoming a gardener at Viikki Manor. Of the shopping garden he founded, ( Bergbo ) carried millions of kilos of goods to Helsinki over the next few decades. The shopping garden with its greenhouses was located at Pihlajamäki Shopping Center.
( Greggas, Aune; Pihlajamäki history )
Ahlberg Gardens were among the firs The guidelines include product safety and good production practices that take the environment and employees into account. Thequality oforganic products is monitored at all stages of cultivation, eg special attention has been paid to cultivation hygiene. Choose good seeds and a growing medium, and arrange the plant conditions ideal for the plants: the right temperature, humidity and nutrient balance. Biological control is used for pest control.
Harvest starts early in the morning, when fluid tension in plants is at its best. The products are cooled quickly and packed in individual packages to keep them as long as possible. The goods will be delivered to the customer the same evening.
Our garden strives to minimize its environmental impact through all its activities. In organic farming, we recycle organic waste by composting it and using it again.
All other waste is sorted and recycled where possible, including plastic. The wind power has been in use for a long time. For heating, we use wood chips from nearby forests. According to hopes, instead of boxes, we will also pack larger doses in bags or recyclable boxes.
We use recycling boxes for transportation. Transport distances are short and wholesale products go forward together with other goods.