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Itty Bitty Farm from Whole Foods Market on Vimeo.

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this door i saw the other day when i went to pro qm, one of my favorite book stores in berlin. there i finally bought the book “Prinzessinnengärten. Anders gärtnern in der Stadt“.

by the way, if you care a bit about making cities a better place to live, or if you enjoy having green spaces around you, like to gardening, care about what and where you buy your food, or.. well, many other reasons. and even if you dont live in berlin, you should really sign this petition >> here. i must say that this place just changed my life a LOT.

>> prinzessinnengärten berlin

“From the start, we’ve tried to make 462 Halsey Community Garden as much about community as it is about gardening. Our aim has always been to draw in everyone in the neighborhood, whenever possible”

:: via ::

Our goals are:

  • To forge new community bonds and relationships through mutual hard work.
  • To offer neighborhood youths a place to learn and grow through hands-on learning and involvement.
  • To serve those who have helped shape the heart of this community: families who want and need healthy food options.
  • For the community to be self-sustaining through independent agriculture.
  • To offer a percentage of our harvest for sale to local businesses, in order to give them the opportunity to financially support this community effort as well as provide them with the freshest ingredients for their customers, by their customers.

:: 462 Halsey Community Gardens website ::

 

Yesterday was the event Mobilising Communities. It took place at Betahaus, a co-working space in Berlin, and 6 projects were presented: Dawanda, Pfandtastisch helfen, wheelmap.org, Mundraub, Stadtgarten and the Craftivist Collective.

I found everything very inspirational and some key ideas discussed were: open-source, commons, the relation with others online but, more important, offline, the just do it atitude together with the diy, “small” changes, urban spaces, accessibility, and back to craft, this slow way of life, with much more quality.

I was very happy to hear from Justin, from Stadtgarten and Mundraub, that he had never gardening before the project   : ) Well, I still have chances. Also liked when Sarah Corbett, from Craftivist Collective said that she always wondered what to do, how to help, while being so introverted (although I muss say she was speaking pretty confident there). It was very interesting to see some of the history behind Craftivism (craft +activism), when she showed a picture made by women during Pinochet´s dictatorship (which reminded me the documentary Nostalgia de la Luz).

Unfortunately, I didn´t find anyplace in my hometown Belo Horizonte, Brazil at the Wheelmap, so… Amigos de Belo Horizonte, todo mundo contribuindo para o Wheelmap!

At the end, there were some delicious food and drinks, and I got to know, through a guy who was wearing a t-shirt with “hack human kindness”* (I guess it was it) about an event, also held at Betahaus, called Random Hacks of Kindness, which is “a global community of innovators building practical open technology to make the world a better place”. Cool! The next one will take place on June 2nd, at Betahaus and you can register here.

A lot of inputs!

* actually the t-shirt was saying “Hacking for humanity”. Thanks, Christoph!