What is a Kiezfarm?
Kiezfarm: [kiːt͡s,faʁm] small, urban, agricultural business and center of life for its residents
Farmlyplace’ Kiezfarm offers a comprehensive solution to communities including educational, social and sustainable action in cities, supported by recent developments in science and technology – at the same time producing local, fresh, healthy and sustainable food in urban environments.
- Kiezfarm, serving communities in Berlin is dedicated to establishing learning hubs where people can collaborate and share their knowledge of sustainable and environmentally responsible food production in cities.
- Through partnerships with community coffee shops and local food businesses, the Kiezfarm is hoping to instill a self-sustaining culture of growing food locally, recycling organic waste and provide a valuable resource to urban costumers, restaurants and cantinas in Berlin and other cities in Germany, Europe and the world.
- Kiezfarm community-farms nestled in an existing and unused urban space provides the public with vegetable produce in sustainably-(re-)constructed buildings.
- Part of the initial concept is that city residents can even stay to volunteer if they want to.
Farmlyplace – a local food community aggregator and innovator of smart food production and controlled growing environments based in Berlin – will be our host. Through their monthly Food in the City meetups and various community-centered urban agriculture projects, Farmlyplace is helping to shape the city towards a greener, more resilient and inspiring place for urban food production
Why is this important?
In addition to the climate crisis, the social structure, for example migration, aging society and increasing isolation, is a major and current challenge, especially in cities. The social resilience of inner cities has revealed itself to be a weak point, especially during the pandemic. The social strengthening of neighborhoods and their infrastructure needs success stories and role models. The importance of urban nature, biodiversity and the resilience of cities in the face of climate change is also highlighted in the city and society dossier (2019).
The neighborhoods lack opportunities to make the often abstract influences of climate change tangible / tangible and playfully penetrate them in order to feel the urgency of one’s own actions. This problem is not only evident in socially disadvantaged areas. Often there is a lack of confidence that climate-friendly behavior and community in the city are sensible and feasible.
Visit us at the Kiezfarm!
For a local learning experience with urban agriculture in the neighborhood, directly to touch. Kiezfarm by Farmlyplace , produces delicious leafy greens and exotic herbs in a depot in Berlin Charlottenburg and has a learning experience tour for you:
Every Wednesday, or by arrangement, Farmlyplace invites Berlin school children and students to a two-hour tour of the Kiezfarm in Charlottenburg.
what can you learn
You will go through the central work areas and get a feel for urban farming and hydroponics in the big city through a practical exercise. In an exciting short lecture you will learn almost everything about the resource-saving production of rainbow chard, dinosaur cabbage. You may know the exotic varieties such as Thai basil, Mizuna and Shiso/Perilla from the Asian restaurants on Kantstrasse. In the Kiezfarm you can learn how and, above all, why hydroponics enables resource savings in soil, water, CO2 and waste and why a special LED light enables harvesting 365 days a year.
"Soil based cultivation is now facing difficulties due to different man made reasons such as deforestation, industrialization and urbanization. Besides, sudden natural disasters, climate change and unlimited utilization of chemicals for agriculture purposes cause the depletion of land fertility and quality. That is why, scientists have developed a new alternative approach for cultivation system namely soil-less cultivation or hydroponics." Nirmal Chandra Barman, Bangladesh
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