Urban Gardening & Circular Economy

Urban gardening, urban horticulture, or urban agriculture is the process of growing plants of all types in an urban environment/space. It is not only a sustainable method to grow your own ‘healthy food’, but also it is an innovative approach towards environmentally friendly urban lifestyle. Urban gardening also helps to make the city green and promote the city to become self-sufficient with the food supply.

The plants that are grown under urban gardening concept are not only limited to fruits and vegetables, but flowers or any other plants can also be considered as well. The plants can be grown with the intention of using them for your own self-consumption and satisfaction or with the aim of selling them at your local farmer’s market or even giving them for free for the people in need. However, urban gardening is not limited to individuals/residents. Local institutes, organizations, and companies can also play a major role by using their available land or even helping to establish community gardens for groups of people from the community.

Urban gardening is not only about the plants but is also a nice hobby to keep yourself occupied. It also helps to connect/socialize with like-minded people and assist your local communities by providing organic fresh food.

The Global Shapers Freiburg Hub is aiming at implementing this project with the following goals:

➔ Promote urban gardening among interested individuals and provide them with the necessary resources to start things off

➔ Connect people who are already urban gardeners with other people who are interested

➔ Create well-defined channels for the distribution of the harvest. (i.e. How can we bring the product from the gardener to the people in need? Farmer’s market? Sell to shops?)

➔ Use local farmers for seedlings (connect the community with the farmers)

➔ Promote the reuse of products for gardening (ex. - yoghurt containers, boxers, clothes etc.)


Impact Area: SDG3, SDG11, SDG13