Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Berlin Gardens

There's an article on The City Farmer about the gardens in Berlin. Probably the most useful information in the article i had on is a list of the benefits of having these gardens. They include: having a cooling effect on the city's climate, and filtering harmful particles out of the air, providing a refuge in the middle of the city for many species of birds, insects and wild plants, providing children who live in city-center apartments a chance to experience nature, offering a healthy and cheap way to get some exercise, and, maybe most importantly, allowing food to be grown near where it is consumed, thereby reducing climate damage caused by having to transport it over longer distances.

Schwägerl, Christian . "Popular Mini-Gardens in Berlin May Soon Be Paved OverSpiegel Online". (10/15/2009), http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,655343,00.html. (accessed November 7, 2010).

We could look at areas of small individual gardens, or one larger community garden. An interesting idea is for businesses to have community gardens for there employees. ex. Intel’s Jones Farm campus in Hillsboro

here's the link to an article about it: CityFarmer

I think we should also look into some kind of a greenhouse so the garden can be used year-round

Lea Koch, Nov. 7, 2010

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