The developments we saw in Freiburg during the implementation of the project are just amazing: not possible to imagine Freiburg without Urban Gardens any more. Besides the first, pilot garden projects (in particular "Bambis Beet" in front of the theatre), guerilla gardening activities, raised beds and "official" community plots in public parks and open spaces have popped up all over the city. What is best: through the kick-start support of the coordination group, the active gardeners in different parts of the city got to know each other and now interact on a self-organised basis.
Thomas_U in our Freiburg gardening group made me aware of these beautiful examples of vertical gardens in Berlin-Kreuzberg - inspired by Patrick Blanc who also created a big wall of tropical plants in one Dussmann department store in Berlin.
Yesterday a small group of us went for an excursion to Basel to join a presentation of the Aquaponics project of Urban Farmers - quite interesting approach to grow fish and tomatoes (and other plants) at the same time, nourishing each other. So it can be considered a valuable extension of the Hydroponics system introduced by Pepy below.
The year 2013 ended well for urban gardening in Freiburg with an unexpected, yet welcome "harvest": the Urban Gardening group of Transition Town Freiburg was awarded one of the prizes of the City of Freiburg for Volunteering. It was a surprise to many...
There are a number of good reasons to grow plant species which are indigenous to the region where the garden is laid, but then: what actually are typical "regional" species? Not easy to define - this is what we also experienced when visiting the "Samengarten" in Eichstetten / Kaiserstuhl on invitation of the foundation "Kaiserstühler Garten".
One of the pieces of land which was offered to us by the municipality, seemed to be very attractive: two big areas of previously meadow, located on the fringes of the forest, next to a little pond, and in vicinity to allotment gardens, and a picnic area.
If there had not been these suspicious traces in the ground....
The urban garden in front of the theatre was expanded by another landscape of terraced beds. More than 30 enthusiastic urban gardeners spend a weekend to extend the theatre urban garden which was dedicated to the theatre's playful mascot "Bambi".
To me, one of the many highlights at the Corfu workshop was the soap-making workshop at Bioporos organic farm. The lovely owners of the farm gave a perfect example that not only it is possible to prepare the most delicious dishes with olive oil, but also this elementary piece of cosmetics: soap.
As winter is the season more for theoretical learning and planning, we organised a workshop "from grains to bread" at the urban farm "Kunzenhof" in Freiburg's district Littenweiler. In four hours on the afternoon of Sunday December 16, Gabriele Plappert of Kunzenhof, dedicated farmer and Waldorf teacher, introduced us into the world of the most common foodstuff globally: bread.