Urban agriculture – taking back abandoned public spaces in Berlin

I wish I knew

Cities have plenty of abandoned public spaces and when they manage to remain in public hands, which is not always the case unfortunately, often something very special can happen. An example is this great project: Prinzessinnengärten (Princess gardens), launched by the non-profit company Nomadisch Grün (Nomadic Green).
Citing from their website, Princess gardens is:

a pilot project in the summer of 2009 at Moritzplatz in Berlin Kreuzberg, a site which had been a wasteland for over half a century. Along with friends, fans, activists and neighbours, the group cleared away rubbish, built transportable organic vegetable plots and reaped the first fruits of their labour. Imagine a future where every available space in big cities is used to let new green spaces bloom. Green spaces that local residents create themselves and use to produce fresh and healthy food. […]

The idea of urban agriculture, the site explains, is inspired from a practice that one of the initiators observed in Cuba, where

agricultura urbana is not just about producing one’s own vegetables but more about creating an urban living-, working- and meetingplace

So the group took up the task of cleaning up this forgotten corner of the Moritzplatz and started planting.
The market opened today and I went to take a look. Besides discovering this great project, it was a good occasion to remember the good old days when I spent so much time gardening and growing things with my parents and my uncle. It’s sad that I neither retained any of that knowledge, nor that I have a garden where I could start growing my own things again.
(Despite my efforts, I forgot my camera at home today so I had to go with what I had. Sorry, principles).

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