In response to Aubree's invitation to explain about our garden project in Austria. You can find photos on myWellfedneighbor Page
People came together to work who probably wouldn't otherwise have met. Our "Intercultural Community Garden" brings together people of different educational backgrounds, incomes, ages, nationalities and physical abilities. One member is wheelchair bound and two others have disabilities. The project focuses on women, half of them immigrants.
We have one professional organic gardener, who helps ten to fifteen participating gardeners and their families and friedns with advice if required. Then there are about 130-150 supporters who follow our website or help with fundraising activities or contribute with seeds. About half of the active gardeners and many of the wider community participate in the regional LETS-System: Local Exchange Trading System based on working hours with online accounting.
The project is situated on a former farm about 15 minutes from the center of our regional capital Klagenfurt by bus. There are 700 m² of individual and collective beds, a small building with kitchen and bathroom, and surrounding grasslands suitable for activities such as dancing ! There is a nice path to go there by bicycle and members can go there any time and spend the whole day at the garden. Every two weeks we have a meeting of the group.
Once a year we organise a soup party where neighbors, friends and supporters are invited.
During the garden season we have a special table in the kitchen which we use to practice the gift economy. It works very simply, people put gifts or goods for reuse on the table and anyone can take them !
On my "Wellfedneighbor" page you can find photos. And there is our german website http://www.astern.at
with a few links
For general information on "Intercultural Community Gardens" see http://www.stiftung-interkultur.de/intercultural
If you have any questions I'm looking forward to share my experiences with you.