In Vienna, there are many possibilities for people without private gardens, and renting a 20 – 80 m2 Gemüsepachtparzelle (vegetable plot) from an agricultural business is one of them. Tenants are chosen each gardening season, and are supported with expert advice, assistance, and equipment, depending on the location and provider. Every plot is farmed organically.
For those who are more interested in building communal relationships than growing their own vegetables, there are opportunities to participate in a range of community gardens, to work together with people of different backgrounds and generations to create green spaces. In part, these projects are carried out by the Gebietsbetreuungen Stadterneuerung (Urban Renewal Office), Agenda 21, Gartenpolylog, and other organizations.
Those who want to contribute to improving the living environment can do so by sponsoring small green spaces (up to 50 m2) with the “Gardening Around the Corner” (Garteln ums Eck) program. In addition, there are creative garden initiatives in public places, which use vertical surfaces or home-made planters for gardening, as well as initiatives just for children.
Even without the coordination of the Urban Renewal Office, people still find ways to grow and harvest fresh produce in Vienna. Examples include “Fruit in Public Spaces”, in which public areas are cultivated and harvested independently. The initiative Meine.Deine.Gartenzeit (mine.your.garden time) connects people who want to share their gardening happiness.
Those who only want to help selectively (and leave the rest to the professionals), can participate in “Community Made Agriculture” or work on a farm for food and lodging – Vienna offers these opportunities too.
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