Prinzessinengärten Berlin: An Urban Oasis of Berlin

At a time when financial profit is all that cities are driven by, the Prinzessinnengärten seem to be a green oasis that gives us hope that, as long as there are active people creating such projects, the future might not be so bleak. Nomadisch Grün (Nomadic Green) launched Prinzessinnengärten (Princess gardens) as 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, activists and neighbors, the group cleared away rubbish, built transportable organic vegetable plots and reaped the first fruits of their labour.

The ultimate idea behind this project is for all unused spaces in cities to be turned to green urban farming spaces where locals produce their own healthy food. In this way, the microclimate would be better, there would be less CO2, and the biological diversity would increase. This project promotes community and aspires to be a place where a new style of urban living can emerge, where people can work together, relax, communicate and enjoy locally produced vegetables. Since more and more people are living in cities than rural areas, it becomes important that there is change towards a more sustainable way of living, eating and moving.

The Prinzessinnengärten in its current form consists of 6,ooo square meters of land where you can plant your own produce, or buy some from their kiosk. There is also a cafe and beergarden within the garden that offer a yummy lunch menu. Everything planted is in movable containers and constructions made of re-used materials. To support this unique project which serves as a lung in the middle of noisy Kreuzberg, you can visit, eat at the cafe, buy their products, donate as well and join their events that take place in their wooden stage called Laube.

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