Category: Field Trip

Domberger Brotwerk


At Domberger Brotwerk quality is the top priority. Since 2016 Florian Domberger and his crew have been fabricating real bread at the Essener Straße in Moabit. The dough preparation happens right in front of the costumers, so they can convince themselfs of the top quality and ask questions during the process. With their „Brotwüstenexpeditionsfahrzeug“ they drive around Berlin and bring handmade food to the (how they call it) „Bread-deserts“. The main ingredients for the spelt and rye bread can be counted on the fingers of one hand: flour, water, salt and patience so the bread can unfold its full flavour. What a lot of people don‘t know: rye bread shouldn‘t be eaten right after it came out of the oven. It develops it‘s full aroma within the next three days. And when properly stored it is eatable for whole two weeks. Wheat bread is consumable for a little over a week and even after that it can be toasted and is still delicious.

Die Gärtnerei


If you get out at Ubahn-station Leinestraße and walk towards Tempelhofer Feld, you discover the old stone house of „die Gärtnerei“. Artitst, architects and refugees moved in here two years ago and created a little gardenschool and a few workshop rooms. Part of the curricula are german lessons, training for vocational issues and landscape design. On the wasteland near the stone house arises the garden company which became a place of interest, creativity and social transformation for people of all cultures. Garden tools, flower bulbs and different seeds are part of the main equipment for the pupils and their teachers. Also the garden pupils regularly invite people of the neighbourhood for happenings like lectures and workshops.

Allmende Kontor

The community garden is located at the east side of the Tempelhofer Feld and was founded by the group of Allmende-Kontor in 2011. Shortly afterwards the first ten raised beds were build on the area of 5000 square meters. Ever since the garden grew and is today composed of 250 patches and with over 500 gardeners a self organised project. As common adress for urban gardening it might be the biggest raised bed project worldwide. All patches are allocated temporarily and should be used and carried ecological and resource-efficient. Besides the patches that are planted by single persons, the Allmende-Kontor contains common raised beds which are carried by the whole community.



The „Prachttomate“ arised at 2011 out of a rubbish-strewn abandoned area at the Bornsdorfer Straße in Berlin. Today it‘s a meeting point for the neighbourhood with diverse cultures of vegetables, herbs, berries, flowers and of course tomatoes. At this place you can‘t find any customized patches. Everything is planed, cultivated and picked together with the community. People from any culture are welcome to visit the greenhouse, experiment with the fabrication of Bokashi-Terra Pretato, get in contact with strip cultivation or just to enjoy a drink at the bar. Besides smaller and bigger events with live music and bands, you can participant in one of the workshops or tours around the garden. In the summertime there are also happenings like outdoor movies and flea markets.

Café Botanico


The „Café Botanico“ is a cooperation between traditional italian food and modern concepts of urban gardening, permaculture and food sovereignty. On 1000 square meters Stefano, Martin and Massimo are planting old species of vegetables, fruits and wild plants following the concept of permaculture. The wildlife garden with over 200 eatable plants can be visited all-season. At the restaurant all plants are being washed and prepared for special meals like: Minestrone with corn from Umbria, Goulash with local bush meat and housemade cake with fruits from the garden. The etablishment is getting along without any subsidies, public funds or bank advance, but self-finances trough the catering trade and selling the agricultural products.



The Prinzessinnengarten is located in Kreuzberg 36 at the Moritzplatz and has approximate size of a soccer field. It‘s an urban kitchen garden which is planted with different kinds of vegetables, fruit and herbs. Rent and other costs can be covered by the garden itself with earnings from the restaurant, selling of the crops and donations in form of sponsorships. Over the years, the place has become a vibrant meetingpoint for the neighborhood and beyond. Besides the garden work, many workshops and different culture events are offered here. At Prinzessinnengarten nobody owns their own patch, but everyone who wants becomes involved to make a place like this even possible.

Erikas Stadtbienen


Erika Mayr already peruses for 15 years with bees and since 2007 she maintains her own bee colonies. For her the bees are a symbol of freedom and very valuable for us all. There are seven different beekeepings around Berlin and Brandenburg. The one we visited is located in Kreuzberg at the Wrangelstraße since 2016 and contains 2 bee colonies. Dependig on the location and the weather ervery honey tastes individual, she told us. While the early summer honey has a lighter color and tastes very mild, the later honey is deep-yellow and has a stronger flavour. Altough not everyone has the same persuasion: Erikas bees are happy here in Kreuzberg. They are free to fly everywhere they want, without disturbing any neighbours or even being noticed. They live in their own little parallel universe. And while Erika works here, connects and pollinates her colonies she disappear in this universe as well.

cities potentials*vacant space*what does it take to make people participate in actions?*



Resolution of first analyses: Yes, there is still plenty of room in the city where stuff could happen! A lot of so far sad looking, forgotten voids seem to wait for visionary actions and projects that bring them back to life and perception. A great possibility for communities to take over! But what does it take to turn people into participants, exchange anonymity for community?…

The keywords could be:

*Fun*Sharing*Getting-to-know-your-neighbours*Feeling part of something*

There are already successful examples for that…Let´s dream up some more!



with Isabella Asp Onsjö, Julian Preindl, Oz Birri and Yanik Wagner