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Urban Farming Takes Root in Europe
Publishing date: 23.07.2011

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In central Berlin and elsewhere neighbourhood gardens with the goal to provide locally produced organic vegetables to the people who live in the district and promote community work.Inter Press Service, July 21, 2011

Since the end of World War II, and especially since the 1960s, the Kreuzberg district in Berlin has been a melting pot of cultures, with residents hailing from the Balkans, Central Europe, the Mediterranean, Africa, Asia and Latin America.
In keeping with this cultural diversity, the Moritzplatz urban garden in the heart of Kreuzberg – one of the first urban agriculture projects undertaken in Berlin – grows tomatoes from India, Turkey, Morocco and Russia, parsley from Italy, Greece and Japan, potatoes from Africa and the Andes mountains of South America, and mint and other herbs from around the globe.

"Often the seeds for our vegetables are given to us by neighbors who bring them back with them from trips to their home countries," Robert Shaw, one of the garden’s founders and coordinators, told Tierramérica. "Other times we order the seeds by catalogue."
Shaw, a documentary filmmaker, and professional photographer Marco Clausen started up the garden in 2009 by clearing a 6,000-square-meter vacant lot of community land located next to Moritzplatz, which had been a wasteland for decades.
"With the help of the local residents and friends we collected and removed two tons of garbage that had accumulated on the lot over the course of many years," said Shaw.

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