The Princess’ Garden: Urban Farming in Berlin

dalston.jpgLike the recent Zeitgeist post on the Dalston Roof Park, Berlin’s Prinzessinengarten“the Princess’ Garden is yet another example of green entrepreneurs cultivating a community through urban gardening. Located next to the unappealing facades of Moritzplatz, a once zoned motorway in Berlin Kreuzberg, two entrepreneurs turned a once barren 6,000 meters into a lush sustainable garden.

Calling their company “Nomadic Green,” Robert Shaw and Marco Clausen created a sustainable meeting and learning space through gardening. The agricultural space lets neighbors, school kids and curious passersby observe and even help with the growing of potatoes, herbs and vegetables. Like Dalston, visitors can visit a small cafe within the garden that is supplied with fresh offerings straight from the bed.

Shaw and Clausen worked to make the outdoor area an agricultural learning center for the neighborhood with community workshops that spread the art of inner city gardening and offer tutorials on organic food production, biodiversity and climate protection, making Prinzessinnengarten an invaluable green space in a mostly urban area.

The garden utilizes a number of flexible concepts that enhance portability and sustainability: tomatoes flourish in growing sacks, peas grow in former breadboxes and basil resides in recycled milk cartons. Much like the green space in Dalston, Prinzessinnengarten relies on donations from local business and sponsorship of garden beds. Last but not least, all produce is for sale. A board displays the daily vegetables and herbs that are ready for harvesting.

The garden will remain open until the end of fall.

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