What is it?
Nomadisch Grün (Nomadic Green, non-profit company) launched Prinzessinnengärten (Princess gardens) as a pilot project in the summer of 2009 at Moritzplatz in Berlin Kreuzberg. This site of Berlin has been wasted for over 50 years. Together with fans, friends, activists and neighbours, they cleared away rubbish and built transportable organic vegetable plots. The fruit and vegetables are grown in raised compost beds and no pesticides or artificial fertilisers are being used. This is an urban garden, café and a place of working, learning and of course relaxing. They already reaped the first fruits of their hard labour.
Why it’s cool?
This garden stands for several trends happening in society. First of all the countertrend of individualism. Prinzessinnengarten is a place to meet, a place where neighbours gather and adults pass on their knowledge to children while relaxing.
The next trend which is involved is sustainability. Because the products grow close to home (local) so there are hardly any transporting costs, they also do not use any pesticides so it is much better for the environment. Besides that they are also seasonal products are often sustainable because the are not kept forever in a freezer but consumed at once.
It is attractive for cities because in the future even more people will be living there. The city should be a more sustainable and climate-friendly city. It should be a pleasure to live and because of that there should be taken good care of.
This is what Farid Tabarki call ‘Radicaal Decentralisation’. This trend means that people take matters into their own hands.
With this project Nomadisch Grün intends to increase biological, social and cultural diversity in the neighbourhood and pioneer a new way of living together in the city.
We couldn’t wait, so we’ve already started.
Come along and find your role – together we are building the future
of our city.