Nomadic green work
What the Prinzessinnengarten with its urban farming concept is in Berlin are the green alleys in Montreal - with the difference that the city itself provides for the greening of the city by its residents in a three-year program. What unites both projects is the trend-setting trend towards greening the city.
There is, for example, “Nomadic Green”, a project that urban farming, the cultivation of crops in the middle of the city, wants to popularize in Berlin. The operators not only have the green thumb, but also work for the common good. Your name “Nomadic Green” says it all.
Creation of a project
The genesis is quickly told: Nomadisch Green is a non-profit limited liability company that has rented 2009 qm fallow land from the city of Berlin in July 6000 on Moritzplatz in Kreuzberg. The area has been transformed into an ecological and social urban agriculture.
The resulting Prinzessinnengarten not only produces local food, it also creates a place of new urban life in which people work, learn and relax together with friends, neighbors and other interested parties.
Social focus and cultural actions
The operators see their garden not just as a greening campaign, but as a social and cultural project.
Because as a hobby farmer not only the usual suspects (students, intellectuals left and garden active) but also Turkish women - promoting integration in the social hotspot, so to speak. And the project is also linked with numerous cultural events.
If an old idea becomes a trend
The idea is actually not that new: the first community gardens were created in New York in the 1970s. More about the story can be found here Article from Spiegel Online. However, the fact that the idea is only now blossoming is due to several factors: vacant industrial areas and decreasing population numbers make the garden area cheap in some places. And in times of falling wages and high unemployment, self-sufficiency is often the only alternative to get healthy food cheaply.
However, the main reason is likely to be the current eco and sustainability trend: While some in petitions against an alleged ban on medicinal plants, the others propagate the renunciation of selfishness and the turn to altruistic togetherness - in the spirit of the urban nomad gardener. And eating healthy and enjoyable is a trend anyway - as many breed their food themselves.
Mobile eco nomads as pioneers of a new way of life and work?
There are many examples, but the Kreuzberg project is truly unique in one context: all plants are cultivated on their own in boxes or old rice sacks. This allows a quick and smooth move - for example, if the city really sells the garden property. And the plants now move into closed rooms in winter.
Nomadic green - the name is just program. Even mobile farmhouses are temporarily available in summer. Actually a crazy idea - and it works well. The mobile garden culture is just another consistent step in an increasingly mobile way of life and work. Maybe that's why she is the pioneer of a completely new way of life and work and the mobile farmhouses soon serve as co-working places? Futurologists like Eike Wenzel predict corresponding changes in the coming years.
City greening with prototype character
In Canada you are already one step further: the “La Ville en vert” program in Montreal is exemplary: the city is giving away plants to the residents, who are to use them to create gardens and green alleys.
The goal is urban greening - in a city where by law no high-rise building may be higher than the Mont Real, so as not to obstruct the view, and you can borrow bicycles for free for half an hour.
Residents get plants free of charge
The Montreal Urban Ecology Center, which coordinates the project,
Ville en vert is a three-year project coordinated by the Montreal Urban Ecology Center (MUEC) in collaboration with the Office municipal d'habitation de Montréal (OMHM). The project aims to create cool vegetation islands and to improve the environment of low-income housing developments in Montreal with the participation of tenants and experts.
Future-oriented oases of the town greening
The result, small oases of peace in the middle of the city, can really be seen. Even bananas and grapes are cultivated here by the city gardeners - despite the icy winter temperatures.
A great project - in Berlin, for example, the urban farmers still have to buy their own plants. But how does working in these green oases work?
6 Green Office Tips
In the past few years, I have gained a lot of experience myself: There is this day, as an entrepreneur, the advantages of being self-employed are particularly appreciated: For example, when it gets sunny and warm in the spring and you just open your office on the balcony or can relocate to green landscaping enhanced by greening.
I know enough contemporaries who think that you can not work in such an ambience at all. In fact, this is very possible - as long as you observe rules:
- Laptop. Actually, of course, but still belongs to the list for me: Writing outside properly without a laptop is extremely difficult. For paper, the contrast problem is not, but flies paper - and I do not know how you are: Except very short notes I can not even design on paper, because I can see on the laptop just as much better, what it looks like ,
- Battery pack. Very important. A bad battery, which is already weak after an hour, is poison to work longer outside. Because you can not think so fast. Alternative: outlet nearby. Works only with own garden or balcony. By the Way: I was just wondering if the new subnotebook solved the battery problem better. The disadvantage is again the effective working too small screen. Or a spare battery (again difficult).
- Shadow. Working in the blazing sun is unfortunately difficult. For one thing, because then you are getting sleepy. On the other hand because you usually do not see anything on the laptop - certainly not if you want to work against the sun, because then you also need a pair of sunglasses. Alternative: Pay attention to the high contrast screen when buying the laptop.
- Security: You should work only where you can leave the Laoptop (ie your own garden or balcony), never leave it alone (can be stressful) or lock it away (goes eg in some swimming pools)
- Carrying comfort: If you want to take a laptop with you on the road and are not traveling by car, you should pay attention to high wearing comfort. The bags usually do not offer, backpacks earlier.
- Roof: The best is also a roof - by the way the one deficiency in my balcony solution. Because we are in Germany and it can have started to rain faster than you have gathered his seven things.
My conclusion: Working in the open is good - with restrictions
Working outside with laptop is going very well. Working outside the apartment I would find the above reasons too cumbersome. And who gets jealous now: If you work really concentrated, you also forget where you work and that you sit outside. That's why it does not matter.
A really nice idea - I found the idea with the mobility of the garden especially funny. Whether that would not be possible on a small balcony on the home balcony - even if my previous attempts with green plants for lack of patience were rather meager. What I personally would find even more beautiful would be a roof garden - urban farming from above, so to speak. And where is your favorite workplace?
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