Allmende-Kontor is an initiative that has actively been networking Berlin communal gardens since 2010. We provide public relations and educational work, support research on urban agriculture and advocate self-organization, cooperative community building and negotiations with administrations. Our topics are practical ones: urban development, food independence and commons, as practised in the community garden Allmende-Kontor right on the Tempelhofer Feld, where people are made aware of and can experience urban open space as “Allmende” (common property) in cooperative use and development. At present about 900 gardeners and supporters are working on more than 300 beds in the Allmende-Kontor community garden.
Urban gardening laboratory/network/showroom, enhancement of biodiversity (traditional seeds), healthy and cheap food; promotion of the commons principle, diverse communities, self-organization, self-empowerment
Urban gardeners, political activists, a colourful mix of people from the neighbourhood (approx. 900)
Privatization of public space, food industry, social isolation, lack of nature in cities