Green Cottage Garden
In a world where environmental awareness and a sustainable lifestyle are becoming increasingly important, the new Green Cottage Garden with the mini biosphere in the park “Jeannot Belling” opens the door to a fascinating journey.
The mini biosphere from Berlin startup PlattenBaum brings food production to underused urban spaces and showcases principles of circular economy by collecting rainwater for irrigation, using solar energy for water circulation, and utilizing composting for nutrients and heating.
The goal of the project is to promote awareness of sustainable and seasonal farming as well as a healthy food culture within our community, and to inspire the community to take responsibility for nature and benefit from the many advantages of a healthy lifestyle. The garden should be a place of gathering and encourage intergenerational meetings, with people of all ages working together.
Currently, the garden is being managed by the youth center “Jugendwave” in collaboration with the city of Remich.
Promoting awareness of sustainable agriculture and healthy nutrition
From seed to harvest
The Green Cottage Garden is an active example of sustainable farming: diverse cultivation methods such as intercropping, and crop rotation are employed to maintain soil health and minimize the use of chemicals. This approach not only supports the environment but also enhances the quality of the produce. The goal is to establish a closed loop system in the garden: waste is converted into compost and mulch materials, branches are used as trellises, rainwater is used for irrigation, and collected seeds are used for cultivation in the following year.
Straight from the garden to the plate
Another important aspect of the Green Cottage Garden is promoting healthy eating. Fresh vegetables, herbs, and fruits from the garden are not only rich in nutrients but also free from harmful pesticides and herbicides. Citizens are encouraged to value and incorporate fresh, seasonal food into their diets. The youth learn to cultivate and use the harvested vegetables in cooking activities.
Community and education
A meeting point for like-minded individuals to come together, exchange ideas, and learn from one another: in addition to activities with the youth in the areas of wilderness education, “no-dig-gardening”, and gardening workshops, collaborations with the nursing home, school, care structures, and citizens of Remich are also planned.
Creating habitats for insects
In addition to fruit and vegetable cultivation, habitats for insects and animals are also being created. In collaboration with SIAS, a wildlife tower is being built, which provides a refuge for insects, wall lizards, dormice, birds, bats, and many other animals that suffer from habitat loss. In combination with a flower meadow, a natural perennial bed, as well as trees and shrubs, active efforts are being made to combat the decline in biodiversity.