In just a short month we will be opening the second season of a start-up community garden in East Berlin which I have the privilege of facilitating and co-developing. The garden, called Gutsgarten Hellersdorf, is located on the grounds of what was once an East German agricultural cooperative, now at the center of a rapidly transforming high-density urban neighborhood. With the help of many participants from Berlin Hellersdorf and across the city, the new garden is turning into an amazing space for exploring sustainability, human connection, and civic engagement. Through various gardening, educational and art activities, we aim to create a platform for healing, mutual learning and collobarative neighborhood design. My gratitude goes to all who are working to make this project so rich and rewarding.
The Gutsgarten is on the web at www.guthellersdorf.net and on Facebook at Gutsgarten Hellersdorf. Both sites are presently only available in German but even if you don’t read German, you may want to stop by to see some wonderful pictures of our project.