City of Andernach
The City of Andernach is one of the Front-Runner Cities (FRC) of EdiCitNet. As such, Andernach is responsible for running an innovative Edible City Solutions (ECS) in Andernach as a Living Lab and mentoring Follower Cities. In addition Andernach supports the establishment of an international network.
Andernach is a small town with 30.000 inhabitants. The municipality of Andernach is a local government with about 200 employees. Andernach started to be an edible city since 2010, when 101 tomato varieties were planted in the city centre in order to demonstrate the biodiversity of vegetables. Due to the positive feedback from the citizens, the municipal administration considered further developing the concept of edible Andernach. An increasing biodiversity of fruits and vegetables were planted and even livestock, such as chicken and sheep, is kept in the city. Vegetables, culinary herbs or cut flowers turned green spaces into exciting areas for the citizens. Instead of “Keep off!” one read “Feel free to pick!” The concept of edible Andernach was extended by a social component, when long-term unemployed people were integrated into the maintenance of the plants bed. Since the edible city also turns out to be a tourist magnet, the concept can be regarded as a success on many levels.