We are a local educational institution that deals with topics concerning nature protection, environmental education and sustainable, ecological living.
The NGO was established by a group of students 30 years ago when they occupied an empty house atop of the small town of Tharandt near Dresden.

Our vision for the world in 20 years time is that communities, villages, towns and cities are much more sustainable and ecologically planned, that decision makers such as mayors & city councils, institutions such as universities and companies have ecological and social issues always on their mind when planning physical and psychological infrastructures.

To achieve our vision, we have been offering workshops on various topics and outdoor activities for school children, teenagers and adults e.g. fruit tree pruning, seed production in your garden, ecological buildings, Agroforestry, beekeeping, climate change solutions for everyday.

One of our main topics is the (agro-)biodiversity of agricultural plants (vegetables, fruit, herbs etc). We organise events around this topic such as seed savers exchange events, where people can exchange the seeds harvested from their plants in their gardens. By exchanging and distributing seeds and growing the plants, varieties
We also organise and celebrate the annual festival of agricultural plants and agro-biodiversity, where guests can get an insight into our seed gardening, taste different varieties of the same vegetable type and find out why it is so important to keep different varities of vegetables, fruit and herbs alive globally as well as locally.
As part of our agrobiodiversity project, we work together with local primary schools. In their school gardens, the children plant different varities of salad, peas, maize or carrots to see and taste that one vegetable can have many different forms, colours and taste.
We want to sensitive children from a young age for the importance of producing their own food organically and in great diversity.

We are also participating in local politics by contributing an ecological perspective in the city council meetings and decision making processes concerning the town (e.g. when building a new Kindergarden, more cycle lanes, …).

25 years ago we established a local, bi-weekly fresh market in town and have been organising it since then. The market is an opportunity where regional and organic producers can sell their vegetables, dairy, meat and fish products but also bakery goods, ceramics and other handicraft. People from the nearby villages and town thus find a place to buy fresh, locally and ecologically produced products and use the market also as place for social interactions.

Lisa Becker
Tharandt, Germany

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