Edible City Solutions para un mundo mejor!

Exploring Green, Edible Futures for Berlins Housing Cooperatives

On September 8th, EdiCitNet’s Principal Investigator, Dr. Ina Säumel, presented the EdiCitNet project at a workshop organised by the Housing Cooperative Forum (Genossenschafts Forum e.V.) in Berlin.

The aim of the event was to discuss sustainable urban design and the links between green urban spaces and those spaces which bring people and communities together. The organisation was also keen to explore cooperation opportunities with partners from the fields of nature conservation, community gardening and edible urban landscapes and look at how these kind of elements could be developed and integrated into housing cooperatives in the future.

Alongside the Edible Cities Network presentation, there were presentations from Berlin’s Prinzessinnengarten Kollektiv (the site of one of the EdiCitNet Living Labs) about their methods and participative strategies for involving neighbouring communities in their garden and from a project called Treffpunkt Vielfalt (Diversity Meeting Point) and Vielfalt Leben (Live Diversity) that are transforming the courtyards of residential buildings into biodiverse-rich green areas, together with local residents.

The event started with a guided tour of the Prinzessinnengärten through the cemetery grounds in Neukölln and ended with lunch in the Prinzessinnengärten, with food from their own kitchen, including fruits and vegetables grown directly in the garden.

EdiCitNet kicks off the #EdibleCitySolutions campaign to raise awareness about green urban food innovation

Food isn’t just fuel – it connects us all.

Whether it’s in the form of urban agriculture initiatives, underground or rooftop farms, community gardens or healthy cooking workshops, millions of city dwellers around the world are already bringing the food they eat closer to the cities they live in, and bringing people together at the same time.

How can we make sure that these kind of interventions, products and services – that are contributing to the development of sustainable, green, healthy and liveable cities – get the recognition they deserve, flourish, and multiply around the world? In short, how can we make our cities more edible?

In the run up to this year’s World Cities Day on October 31st we’re doing that with a hashtag: #EdibleCitySolutions!

#EdibleCitySolutions is a month-long social media campaign organised to celebrate World Cities Day 2021 (October 31st) and raise awareness for the positive ecological, social and economic impact of green urban food system innovation. Want to join us? It’s easy! From October 18 to November 12, share an image of food system innovation in your city on your Twitter or Instagram profile – and tag it using the hashtag #EdibleCitySolutions.

The #EdibleCitySolutions initiative is organised by the following projects, that are all working together to make cities more sustainable:

How are they doing that? By designing and implementing concrete examples of food system innovation in cities around the world.

Many of these food system innovations are green, nature-based solutions – like urban food forests or green walls featuring edible plants – inspired by and working in harmony with nature. As well as strengthening local food provision in cities, they also help tackle a whole range of different ecological challenges, including improving air quality, boosting biodiversity, reducing the risk of flooding and lowering temperatures by fighting the heat island effect.

Just as many have an inclusive and participatory nature – like school gardens and community kitchens – and thus help tackle social challenges too, by improving well-being and social cohesion, involving and generating opportunities in socially-marginalised communities and fostering a sense of belonging in cities.

And last but not least, food system innovations can also help tackle economic challenges too and support a local green economy, by creating dynamics for new green businesses and jobs –with businesses selling products grown in urban farms, offering composting services or even organising events in community garden spaces.

Follow the hashtag #EdibleCitySolutions on Twitter and Instagram to discover some of the sustainable food systems innovations being implemented by these different projects and explore the ways that they are not only making our cities greener and healthier, but also – by bringing communities together – make them more socially resilient too.

EdiCitNet, proGIreg, Network Nature, UnaLab, IN-HABIT, CLEVER Cities and CLEARING HOUSE have all received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme.

The city of Sant Feliu del LLobregat hosts the first day of Spain’s «National Meeting of Urban Gardens» (Encuentro Estatal de Huertos Urbanos)

On the 8th October, the city of Sant Feliu del LLobregat hosted the first day of the Encuentro Estatal de Huertos Urbanos (Spanish National Meeting of Urban Gardens) which took place from 8 to 10 October in Barcelona and the surrounding metropolitan area. The National Meeting of Urban Gardens is a space for exchanging experiences, sharing knowledge and creating synergies between the different gardens and urban agriculture initiatives located throughout Spain. On Friday the 8th, Sant Feliu del LLobregat – a Follower City within the EdiCitNet Project – welcomed the participants with visits to the “El Pla” orchard and the “Les Tovalloles” civic centre.


Finding Sustainable Economic Models in Urban Agriculture – First workshop in Oslo

Nabolagshager and the Agency for Urban Environment (@Bymiljøetaten), hosted on the 30th of September the first workshop of a series of three workshops to help urban agriculture initiatives in Oslo to develop their sustainable financial models. During the first workshop «Identifying and communicating your value», we looked at how we can align our own personal values and goals with those of our project, and how to communicate the value of our work to the external world.

We want to thank all the participants for attending the workshop at @Linderud gård and we hope they found the session helpful and informative. Special thanks goes to Alice Bischof from @Wageningen University, who came to Oslo to help participants to identify and communicate the value of their organizations using the “Business Model Diamond” tool.

We look forward very much to meeting you all the participants again at the next workshop on the 21st of October!!

You can find more information about the workshops «Finding Sustainable Economic Models in Urban Agriculture» in this link: https://www.edicitnet.com/workshops-oslo-finding-sustainable-economic-models-in-urban-agriculture/

Welcome to studio Nagelneu!

The studio Nagelneu, a former nail salon at Hermannstraße 103 in Berlin, will become a public living room for the neighborhood for the next two years. Initiated by the Prinzessinnengarten Kollektiv Berlin as part of the Edible Cities Network and designed by the Berlin architect collective Team Dis+Ko, the space will be used temporarily and will offer space for neighborhood initiatives, workshops, meetings and events – for you!

We are especially happy about events that contribute to a socio-ecological change, e.g. with the following topics:  SUSTAINABILITY, CEMETERY & MOURNING CULTURE, ANTI-DISCRIMINATION, EDUCATION, RESEARCH, NEIGHBORHOOD, FOOD, URBAN NATURE.

The studio nagelneu to co-design is open to all to play or use it? Feel free to contact us at nagelneu [at] prinzessinnengarten [dot] net!