The workcamp will support the creation of a fully accessible educational community garden. You will prepare the ground (cleaning, demolition of huts, cutting bushes and hedges), do earthwork modelling the garden and improving the quality of the earth, set up different beds (especially raised beds in wooden boxes) and you will start planting the beds. In addition you will also have several workshops (gardening herbs and use them as herbal tea, for other purpose). In the second week a group of pupils from a special school for young people with disabilities will support you from Monday to Wednesday in your work. You will also share some activities with them.
(to be confirmed:) Probably it will be a simple indoor accommodation with basic conditions not far from the garden and with easy access to the centre of Leipzig. Cooking and cleaning will be done together in shifts. Please bring a sleeping bag.
Leipzig has 560.000 inhabitants and is a real boomtown: university and industry are growing, many artists live here and you can find plenty of events, clubs, social initiatives-. At the same time Leipzig is surrounded by lakes where you can swim or do canoeing. The city is home of a world famous choir and you can discover recent German history here. Several social and cultural activities will take place in the gardens at the period of the workcamp and you are invited to join.
The local partner gemeinsam gruen ( together green ) is a non-profit association realizing an inclusive educational community garden in the district of Leipzig-Engelsdorf. They already run a small 350qm garden like this called edible palm garden . Everybody i disabled or not i can cultivate herbs, berries and vegetables here. It is a meeting point and an educational garden. You can smell and taste everything. An outdoor-kitchen enables the association to offer workshops about the direct use of the harvest. Now gemeinsam gruen becomes even more ambitious. The new project called SALVIA will create a fully accessible 3.600 sqm community garden (mainly for smelling plants and tea-plants), where everybody is invited to contribute, to share duties, ideas and harvest. Many activities, workshops and educational offers for children, youngsters and adults i disabled or not i will complete the idea of this inclusive community garden. As international workcamp you will have the important role to make the starting point and set up the most important parts of the garden. For more information about gemeinsam gruen please check: http://www.gemeinsamgrun-leipzig.de/new/ (in German only.)