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Allotments and community gardens have long been a refuge for gardenless city dwellers wanting to grow their own food. But for garden newbies, the commitment and work involved can be daunting; not to mention having to deal with waiting lists and established social dynamics on a shared piece of land.

Which is where our latest (sub)urban farming spotting fits in: Meine Ernte—German for My Harvest—rents out vegetable gardens for a season, and takes care of soil preparation and planting. Once the plants start growing, members come in and spend 1-2 hours a week caring for their plants and harvesting their crops.

Prior gardening experience isn't required. A professional is available onsite once a week to answer any questions the amateur gardeners may have, and detailed information on plant care and harvesting is accessible through a members' area on the company's website. Meine Ernte provides members with the necessary tools, and offers gardens in three sizes: Small (enough veggies for 1-2 people, for EUR 149 per season), Standard (3-4 people, EUR 289) and Large (5-6 people, EUR 433). According to Meine Ernte, members can easily get EUR 600 worth of produce from a standard size garden. In advance, Meine Ernte sows and plants over 20 varieties of vegetables, while a section of each plot is left open for gardeners to add varieties of their own choosing.

Launched this year by Natalie Kirchbaumer and Wanda Ganders in cooperation with local organic farmers, Meine Ernte currently operates garden sites near six German cities, which it hopes to double in 2011. There's no doubt about it: consumers are increasingly interested in growing their own food, helped by smart entrepreneurs who turn those novice (sub)urban farmers into paying customers.

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What a great idea!
wish they did this here....i would love to rent a i cant rip up the lawn here lol...renting the house but not allowed any more gardens beds :-(
yes wouldn't it be good! i can't see why not pragmatically speaking, but it's probably illegal cos of brisbane town planning laws - zoning restrictions for primary production - rural or farm zonings only (ie city limits). community use zonings you're not allowed to make any money, private land no primary production (but the best bet, apply for zoning exception/ allowance or whaever it is), public owned land not allowed any money involved. sigh.
yes i thought so
I've been engaged by ARUP to provide advisory and consultancy to city garden creation projects, this is kind of the model they are looking at for part of there projects in Brisbane... :)
cool gig :)
I've seen them in-person. Apparently many are quite expensive, and it's dominated by older people. There is usually a small hut-style building on it, and they can stay overnight and for short holidays in the warmer months - they even have power and you can see a lot of old blokes watching tv as you walk down the street :-) They're members of a "Kleingartenverein" ("Small garden association") and I've heard that the waiting list and the politics of it is rather daunting.
yes i'm not surprised. like the allotment gardens at collingwood children's farm
I went on exchange to Germany and those little garden communities are everywhere! i had my 19th birthday in one of my turkish friend's family plots, they were all divided by high fences so the owners could unlock their own area and most of them had a little hut on it. My friend's family used it as a place to hang out in the summer and have barbeques. a little bit of a strange concept for me, after growing up on a farm! but it works as a cheap weekend away for them and a great way to grow your own food in such a highly populated area.
unreal :)
as population densities get higher and more people live in apartments, and with rthe ageing baby boomers i think this sort of gardening makes more and more sense.
the allotment style models are great how they avoid the problems of secure tenure, continuous governance and unclear expectations that you can get in more laissez faire community style models - but as you say, it can be political, there are waiting lists and access can be an issue.


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