In 2014, the Annalinde Academy, which came into being via the Community Garden, hosted its first discussion about sustainable urban planning with the motto “Cultivating Tomorrow.” In a four-part educational programme, we addressed issues in environmental psychology, cyclical resource use, renewable energy, and alternative economy in an engaging but purposeful manner. Following the discussion, we went from theory to practice with real-life hands-on experimentation. Financial support for the Academy in 2014 was provided by the Leipzig Garden Program and the Gallery for Contemporary Art.
Since 2015, the Annalinde Academy has been the bridge between our three project spaces—Community Garden, Market Garden, and Orchard—our work in environmental pedagogy and politics; and our engagement in the city and its neighbourhood development.
Examples of our work include the project “Wild growth,” the campaign for “Edible City Leipzig,” informational talks, and the regular environmental education for schools and preschools.
In our educational offerings, we follow the guidelines from “Bildung für Nachhaltige Entwicklung (BNE)” (Education for Sustainable Development in Germany). We emphasize key ecological and social issues such as:
- Organic agriculture
- Urban gardening/agriculture
- Seasonality and regionality
- Biological diversity
- Healthy nutrition
- Sustainable urban development
- Food sovereignty
- Experiencing nature in the city
- Environmental justice
- Climate change & causes of migration and flight
The Annalinde Company sees itself as a place for practical and hands-on learning, which makes the idea of nature in the city tangible. With a cooperative learning approach, we make the subject touchable, tasteable, while interactively fostering the capacity for creative participation skills. Our aim is to empower the learners to use their newfound knowledge about sustainability in concrete ways and to recognize the problems caused by unsustainable development. The learners gain the skills to understand and act in ways that promote sustainable development processes. In this way, they can actively and independently design their own vision for the future. In our project spaces, we combine theoretical knowledge with practical activities and concrete opportunities.
In the Annalinde Academy, our environmental education is constantly evolving. The academy provides an open platform for the exchange of knowledge.
Child and Youth Education
Children are the future of our society. Therefore, we especially emphasize our environmental education programme for preschools, schools and other educational institutions. Our material mainly focuses on healthy nutrition and learning about the garden. We model our educational approach after the framework of the “Bildung für Nachhaltige Entwicklung (BNE)” (Education for Sustainable Development in Germany).
As well as offering education for children, youths and families, we want to communicate knowledge to adults. We offer workshops for pedagogues and teachers on issues related to urban gardening and horticulture. All offerings here.
"Off to the field"
Have you ever seen a greenhouse from the inside? What is a beehive? 28 different tomato varieties? A compost which reaches up to 60°C? Why is this tree painted white?
The grounds of the ANNALINDE provide the ideal conditions to link theoretical knowledge about ecological farming practices with specific, practical everyday work. In our workshop offers „Ab auf den Acker“ (Off to the field) we convey practical knowledge about the principles of integrated gardening on the basis of a short guided tour and various practical workshops. Furthermore, it will be explained descriptively, how environmentally friendly, urban cultivation of fruits and vegetables is able to work.
Contrary to learning environments at PCs, televisions and in classrooms, „Ab auf den Acker“ (Off to the field) offers everyone the opportunity to experience interdisciplinary contents with all senses. The respective components and contents of the „Ab auf den Acker“ (Off to the field)- workshops are dictated by the season and the seasonal work in the market garden. That’s how urban children get the opportunity to get to know a „farm“ in their direct urban living environment, without driving far to the countryside. Thanks to this vicinity, the identification with food production and the reference to the daily food intake get strengthened.
The project „Ab auf den Acker“ (Off to the field) was funded by the GLS Treuhandfonds – Zukunftsstiftung Landwirtschaft from March till October 2018.
The concept of the “Edible City” was first developed in Todmorden, Great Britain with the slogan “Incredible Edible.” Due to its great success, the concept soon spread to other areas and cities. In 2011, the project came to Germany with the project Edible City Andernach. Thanks to the positive response from citizens and government alike, the idea was able to spread to over 39 other German cities.
The idea of the Edible City is an improvement of urban green space by planting edible crops (vegetables, herbs, fruit). All residents can then harvest the crops, no strings attached. Edible City includes the following goals:
- Support diversity of cultivated plants
- Demonstrate agricultural biodiversity
- Create new living spaces
- Design multifunctional green space
- Improve urban climate with greening initiatives
- Care for green areas in an economically efficient way
- Allow citizen participation in the design of public space
- Environmental justice
- Democratise communal nutrition
Together with LeipzigGrün, we developed a concept for Edible City Leipzig and regularly host “Round Tables”—networking meetings where initiatives, producers, private individuals and members of the local government can brainstorm design ideas for public green space over a shared meal.
What does my city taste like?
Since 2015, the Academy has been cooperating with the Leipzig Garden Programme and the Wild Leipzigers to provide various opportunities to experience the taste of the city throughout the year. These opportunities include beekeeping workshops from the Beekeepers Kirschgarten; guided “Mundraubtouren” (taste tours) with food preparation in the west of Leipzig; a wild herb tour, informational talks and walks from the Wild Leipzigers; and a fruit harvesting camp with a cider workshop and a mobile juice press in the Old Crane Factory Naunhof.
More info about the yearly programme is listed under “Dates”.