Sustainable City

How can you improve urban life?

If you live in urban areas, you may sometimes have the impression that some cities look greener than others. While running from point A to B and C you probably ask yourself where you can find an urban oasis a place to rest and maybe spend some time around nature. Bigger cities often have parks and other recreational sites, but smaller towns lack these green areas or often have less.

Therefore, in many cities around the globe people started to create such spaces which also include the possibility to engage within a community.

What is urban Gardening?

“Urban gardening is the process of growing plants of all types and varieties of an urban environment. Urban gardening, which is also known as urban horticulture or urban agriculture, encompasses several unique gardening concepts.”[1]

Urban gardening is showing up in different facets: From local public gardens with flowers and self-grown fruits and vegetables to urban beekeeping or vertical or urban farming many ideas around greener cities are rising up to support the “Sustainable Development Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities.”

Let’s have a closer look at some examples:

Urban gardening in Aachen,

Would you expect such a place amid the city?

In the middle of the city some residents decided to use an urban space to create a vivid and community based garden.

This nice place offers a space for beekeepers to offer the little and endangered insects a habitat, but across the place you can also find fruits, vegetables, flowers from which bees benefit.

It’s a very nice spot to engage, find some quietness and help to make the city a much greener spot.

Besides the community based approach of urban gardening there is also a commercial interest due to the rapidly progressing and global urbanization. The question is how to deliver fresh, healthy food with a minimal impact on nature and an improved CO2 footprint. Here are some examples from two European cities.

Urban Farming in Rotterdam

RotterZwam is a Dutch company which is growing mushrooms on coffee ground, using the circular economy approach and collecting these coffee grounds from local businesses.[2] They also educate people on how to grow their own mushrooms and raise awareness about sustainability.[3]

Vertical-farming in Berlin

The restaurant Good Bank calls itself the first-vertical-farm-to-table-restaurant in the world.[4] What does it mean? You can watch the vegetables growing in the restaurant while enjoying a healthy and delicious dish.

What are your benefits?

If you consider all these initiatives you may benefit in different ways which are for example:

–          Greener cities and better air quality with urban gardening

–          A spot where to rest and enjoy nature in urban gardening areas

–          Pesticide-free fruits and vegetables

–          Support endangered species like bees and insects

–          Raising your own awareness about sustainability and a healthy lifestyle

–          Support green businesses

How can you engage?

  • Check whether there are any urban areas nearby where you can and are allowed to grow plants
  • Find a local urban gardening community and engage
  • Grow your own fruits and vegetables, if possible
  • Support initiatives and buy local grown or made products of urban farms and restaurants

Are you already engaging in urban gardening? Share your experiences in the comments below!






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