A look back to the Coimbatore FutureGarden

After 2 years of growing, the 200m² FutureGarden in Ondipudur, a quarter of Coimbatore (1 million people town in India) is far greener than before – as you can see on Google maps: The green part directly in the south of:
MoM”s Lap Pre School & Day Care, 5/6, Kasturi Nagar, Ondipudur Post, Off Trichy Road, ,, Ondipudur, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu 641016, India

maps pic 2019

(source: Google Maps, 2019)

Workshop “Intercultural Project Planning”

On the mission to new FutureGardens we conduct Workshops to empower young people to start international projects – based on our experience in the FutureGardens initiative. After completing the workshop, the students are enabled to start their own FutureGarden whenever they are in a “grey city out of cement blocks”.

In Karlsruhe, Germany, we were invited to conducting our workshop as part of the “workshop day” of the youth vacation and education association JFBW.
Our engaged leading member Juliane practically explained the participants how to organise a project in general and additionally, how to overcome challenges.

Intercultural Project Planning Workshop by Juliane from FutureGardens at JFBW

The enthusiasm for the FutureGardens concept spreaded across the participants leading to a creative phase in which they designed and developed their individual FutureGardens.

The half-day workshop was a great success, motivating us to go even further!

FutureGardens example design workshop

 

FutureGardens long-term Team

Months of background work are going on. Reorganizing and restructuring are the main tasks – as well as to build up a network of supporters. Visits in schools showed: There are many young minds enthusiastic about a voluntary service – and lots of them could imagine to start their own FutureGarden once they do their voluntary service abroad.

Embassadors are joining in to make FutureGardens more visible so that everyone can start a garden with our support. Especially for so-called “weltwärtsler*innen we have created a guide how to start your own project: your FutureGarden!

We wish you a wonderful start into the new year and are preparing a successful year 2018 for FutureGardens.!

The start. Coimbatore!

On Van Mahatsav, the Tree Planting week, on Sunday, 02/07/2016, Coimbatore Corporation Commissioner Dr. K. Vijayakarthikeyan I.A.S.  has inaugurated the first FutureGarden in Ondipudur.
With the support of the NGOs OSAI and its founder Syed, Environmentalist Foundation of India (EFI) and Kovai Vergal, the Coimbatore Corporation and the Kasthuri Nagar owners association,  this “long-term gift for Coimbatore” was realized on a reserved site. Passionate students of SBOA School conducted an environmental street play. About 20 different varieties of mainly fruit bearing saplings have been planted by the more than 50 volunteers.

The Coimbatore-based NGO “Foodbank” will overtake responsibility for maintenance together with the nearby living citizen (Kasthuri Nagar owners association). Foodbank distributes homemade food to the homeless people and the fruits which are grown in this garden will especially be used for distribution to the roadside needies.

Join the initiative! If you have got a site for a public fruit garden, contact us!

IMG_4398IMG_4456street play collageIMG_4343big coll

Gardens for a “Green City Life”

 – The roots of FutureGardens

In our own period of growing, as a child, we all loved to play in the garden. I especially liked to have my meal outside and always added some fresh veggies and fruits harvested from the plants nearby. Green surroundings are the sort of inspiration you need for great ideas. During exam times a garden will provide a perfect learning atmosphere. Make yourself comfortable in a place filled with the beauty of nature, inherit the clean air, smell the fresh greeneries and try your tasteful fruits and vegetables.
Let’s inspire ourselves from the various styles of gardens in the cities all over the world:

In the 1970s, in New York, the “urban gardening” movement started its way through the world. The alternative gardeners connected questions of nutrition, economy, society, art and urban design into efficiently using any space within the city for growing their own vegetables and flowers for beautification, sustainability, local diversity and as a new way of approaching urbanization.

In Austria’s capital, Wien, so-called “community gardens” are part of the todays daily life. Out of the joy of gardening and the aspiration for a healthy diet grew several shared gardens in the heart of the city. Apart from the earned vegetables for cooking, the community gardens promote social interaction and have become a regular meeting spot for people from all walks of life. Gardening opens up new spaces, geographical as well as social.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: In the poor Vidigal district, self-encouraged citizen have set up multiple small and movable gardens as own businesses. They use old bottles, recycled bags and car wheels to grow local vegetables, flowers and fruits. This little oases prosper under their motto “recycling instead of high-tech; creativity instead of professionalism”.

In Germany, the “network intercultural gardens” promotes 100+ open gardens as a way of integration and intercultural connection. International members are gardening together, sharing knowledge about special cooking recipes and see it as a way of encountering social and ecological difficulties which come along with growing cities. Cultural events are held in the gardens and children from different backgrounds are playing together between cucumbers, peach trees, carrots and apple trees.

“everyone […] will be supported for setting up a garden”

Inspired by these different and successful ways of urban gardening, FutureGardens came into life. The initiative sees itself as a part of the urban gardening movement. The keypoint of FutureGardens is that everyone, yes you too, no matter who you are or where you live, no matter what you do or have done, will be supported for setting up a garden. You only need to have the dream of creating a wonderful green public place and the passion to spend your energy and time until your dream becomes reality. With the concept of implementing fruit tree gardens in close cooperation with the local people and NGOs, FutureGarden goes its own sustainable way.

FutureGardensInitiative

Between streets and houses, nature and human beings can meet, in small steps towards healthy & regional food, towards closer social contacts; towards a better air and life quality in the city. Urban gardening is the renaissance of Do-It-Yourself.

Now it is time for greening. Time for a garden. Time for fresh fruits. Time for a FutureGarden.
In your neighbourhood, in your city, everywhere. Join the gardening movement! Let’s start growing!

 

 

 

FutureGardens

The initiative, founded in Coimbatore, Southindia 2017 by Merlin Stein, is ready to start turning forgotten waste lands into flourishing fruit gardens. For the last months we planned every detail and hope to put our background preparation work into visibility in the upcoming weeks! There is much to change, much to do and too less time left. But we’ll do it!