Edible City Solutions for a better world!

EdiCitNet Workshop on “Edible Neighbourhoods for Berlin” at the Berlin Senate’s Summer Conference

On June 10th 2022, the workshop “Edible Neighbourhoods for Berlin” was organised as part of the SenUMVK (Senate Department for the Environment, Urban Mobility, Consumer Protection and Climate Action) Summer Conference.

The workshop was aimed at staff members from Berlin’s Neighbourhood Management programme (part of the German capital’s “Social Cohesion” initiative), as well as other city stakeholders. The goal was to reflect on the current situation in Berlin’s neighborhoods and identify potentials, opportunities and strategies for implementing more edible neighborhoods in the city.

At the beginning of the workshop, more than forty participants were welcomed by Tina Hilbert (Senate Department for Urban Development, Building and Housing) and Sarah Al-Alawi (Stadtkümmerei), who presented the workshop schedule. All participants were then asked to reflect on the current situation in the different areas where the Neighbourhood Management programme is active. With the help of area maps, the participants reflected on where Edible City Solutions (ECS) already exist and which areas could serve for the implementation of ECS in the future.

Afterwards, experts from different fields were invited to introduce the following topics:

(a) Community gardens (Paula Firmbach and Daniel Dermitzel, Prinzessinnengarten)

(b) Biodiversity (Ulrike Peters, Senate Department for the Environment, Urban Mobility, Consumer Protection and Climate Action)

(c) Kiez-Parklets, (Merlin Pitz, Senate Department for the Environment, Urban Mobility, Consumer Protection and Climate Action)

(d) Rainwater Management (Samuel Pearson and Paul Kober, Regenwasseragentur Berlin)

(e) Participatory Climate Protection (Eva Hage, Verbraucherzentrale Berlin e. V., and Tim Schumann, Bezirksamt Pankow – Amt für Weiterbildung und Kultur)

Following these so-called “expert pitches”, the participants gathered in small groups and compiled questions for the experts. For the expert sessions, five tables were set up, that were supervised by the experts from the above-mentioned fields. The sessions were organized in a World Café format. There was a total of three rounds of twenty minutes each, during which the participants could ask the experts questions about the implementation of edible neighbourhoods. There was a lively exchange between the participants and experts during the workshop, with many questions asked and answered.

Thank you to all participants, experts and volunteers who made this exchange on edible neighborhoods in Berlin so exciting and enlightening!

Marketplace Team Hosts Workshop on How to Find Space for Urban Food Initiatives

In May, the EdiCitNet Marketplace Business Consulting Team organised a new workshop to discuss the different kinds of spaces available in cities that can be used to start an nature-based urban food initiative. The workshop was conducted in German and targeted early-stage urban food entrepreneurs.

Felix Mollenhauer from the German Association of Building Greening offered insights into how best to organise edible greenery on a rooftop setting. This was followed by input from Anneli Karlsson from the “Edible City” of Andernach, who talked about various measures in the city that use both public and private spaces for growing edible plants. Both presenters focussed on important resources and key partnerships that can be leveraged to help different stakeholders successfully implement Edible City Solutions.

After the presentations, participants were divided into breakout rooms to discuss their ideas with the experts using some concepts from the EdiCitNet Business model canvas (which you can find in the Growing Jobs in Urban Agriculture Playbook). The session closed with a few key points on water usage from Erwin Nolde from Nolde & Partner. The consulting team also offered one on one consulting sessions to the participants to further elaborate their ideas and concepts.

Are you involved in an urban food initiative and looking for FREE consulting services to strengthen and maintain the sustainability of your organisation? Drop a line to the EdiCitNet Marketplace Business Consulting Team and get started today.