Urbane Agrikultur

The ANNALINDE gGmbH is constantly striving for developing projects in the range of urban agriculture and to expand the multifunctional character. To this, we initiate own projects, participate in research projects and merge in cooperations with actors of a sustainable urban development.


Participation through cooperative free space development.

Developing “Ankunftsquartiere” (“arriving districts”) jointly.


The growing diversity in German cities requires new solutions for issues of social cohesion. Is it possible that free spaces contribute to a cohabitation which is coined by dialogue and neighbourly unity?

Led by this question, KoopLap explores innovative methods of cooperative free space development which bring together citizens at all three project locations. Science, urban planning, housing associations, city administration and civic clubs work together for the project. The spatial focus of KoopLab is on so-called “Ankunftsquartiere” (“arriving districts”) which are coined by social disadvantage, migration and high residential density. Collaborative, the participants will design and develop green- and free spaces close to their homes. Thus, we hope to support participation opportunities and to contribute to an ecological upgrading of the districts.


Case studies

In the three communes: Dortmund, Hannover and Leipzig, KoopLab wants to develop project locations together with citizens to find out more about potentials of free spaces.


The city Leipzig experienced in the past 25 years a development from a massive shrinking to a dynamic growth, which remains since 2010 and mostly affects districts nearby the city centre. The high influx leads to rising rents, constructional compression and rising social inequality. The immigration became more and more international in the past years and led to a higher diversity in the population.


The focus of the subproject in Leipzig is on the districts in the east of Leipzig where since the 1990s migration coined districts evolved. In these districts, a concentration of social disadvantage accompanies a new, young and increasing international immigration. The central location, good infrastructural facilities as well as new parks and socio-cultural initiatives led to a fast decrease of the vacancy rate, rising rents and a stronger utilization pressure on green- and free spaces in the districts.


“Verbundkoordinator” (“network anchor”):

“Institut für Migrationsforschung und Interkulturelle Studien“ (“Institute for migration research and intercultural studies”) (IMIS), University Osnabrück (Jun.-Prof. Dr. Antoine Schmiz)

Project website: www.kooplab.de

Leipzig group:

„Helmholtz Zentrum für Umweltforschung“ („Helmholtz centre for environmental research“) UFZ

City Leipzig, Commission for greenery and waters



The project KoopLab is funded from 2018 until 2020 in the framework of research strategy “Zukunftsstadt” (“future city”) from the “Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung” (“federal ministry of education and research”)BMBF

Urban agriculture in West Leipzig

From 2016 to 2018, the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) was sponsoring our participation in the project “Urban Agriculture in West Leipzig” In this project, we cultivate multifunctionality in both social and ecological dimensions and strive to adopt technological innovations to improve local conditions.


Ecological dimension

Urban farmland complete and connect existing urban biotopes and therefore contribute directly to the protection and restoration of urban biological diversity. Simultaneously they support potentials of urban ecosystem services and improve the quality of life in the city. In addition, aspects like protection of resources according to a sustainable, urban recycling economy come along.

In our gardens, we tried out and implemented alternative cultivation methods as well as technological innovations. With eco-friendly cultivation, we create high-quality areas in urban space which contribute to the effective protection of biological diversity as habitats and retreats for the different animal- and plant species. Furthermore, the greenspaces comply with important urban ecological and urban climatic functions for example in connection with the ground-water formation, production of fresh-air and soil protection. That’s how the project contributes to urban adjustment to climate change in Leipzig.


Social dimension

Urban agriculture obtains citizens as consumers or producers and thereby presents a new form of social participation. That’s how it contributes to nutrition autonomy and so that to a partly independence of social benefits and to the creation of a higher social justice. Furthermore, urban agriculture contributes effectively to a sensitization for ecological products and develops offers regarding the “formation of sustainable development” (“Bildung für Nachhaltige Entwicklung” (BNE)).

In the framework of the project, target-group-specific offers for the “formation of sustainable development” (“Bildung für Nachhaltige Entwicklung” (BNE)) were worked out and the democratisation of municipal nutrition strategies was funded, for example in the framework of “Essbare Stadt Leipzig“. The gardens see themselves as a place for experience-based and action-oriented learning at which nature should be tangible again, even in the city. With help of a co-constructive learning approach (feel, taste, contribute) we make our topics perceptible and convey shaping skills. Trainees are put in a position to make decisions based on their knowledge, by which sustainable development processes can be achieved. Integration of people with specific needs and the orientation of the purpose enterprise as integrative market garden plays an important role.


Project flyer (PDF)

Project report follows.


The project was funded by the „Bundesamt für Naturschutz“ („federal agency for nature conservation”)- BfN with means of the „Bundesministeriums für Umwelt, Naturschutz, und nukleare Sicherheit” (“federal ministry for the environment, nature conservation and nuclear safety”)- BMUB


New chances for a sustainable food industry due to transformative economic forms


The entrenched nutrition system is in crisis. New economic forms and -initiatives present an interesting starting point for such a transformation of the conventional nutrition system. That’s not only clarified by diverse food scandals, but also by environmental pollution, climate change, overfertilization or supply problems in the countryside. Therefore, a transition to a more sustainable subsistence strategy is necessary for the nutrition sector. New economic forms and -initiatives with the focus on social- and environmental issues constitute an interesting starting point for such a transformation of the conventional nutrition system.


New economic forms and -initiatives as for example urban gardening projects, solidary agriculture or producers-consumers-communities are coined by a new understanding of the interaction of consumers and producers. Here, not just the external supply of the consumer is paramount but rather the cooperation and aptitude for sustainable practices. Urban gardening projects involve voluntary and collaborative horticulture on urban land, solidary agriculture (also CSA= community-supported agriculture) relates to groups of consumers on the local level which collaborate with a contract farmer. The consumers give for a specific period a guaranteed purchase of agricultural products and in return, participate in several ways in the production. Producers-consumers-communities organise the merge of consumers for the joint purchase of a high quantity of food, directly from the producers. Thus, it’s about the enabling of a more transparent and more self-determined consumption.

Nascent examines the potential of a transformation of the established nutrition system which comes from these initiatives. For this, initiatives in five regions of Germany are examined: Oldenburg and surrounding area, Berlin and surrounding area, Leipzig and Dresden, München and surrounding area and Freiburg im Breisgau and surrounding area. Furthermore, also the development in other states will be considered, examine the cooperations with partners abroad. The project team wants to work out a typology of initiatives, distilling the different motives and interests. By means of these outcomes, the scientists want to point out diffusion potential and want to provide a target-group-specific range of information, to supportive forward a sustainable development of the nutrition system.


“Verbundkoordinator” (“network anchor”): University Oldenburg

„Verbundpartner“ („composite partners“): University Stuttgart, „Stiftungsgemeinschaft“ („foundation community“)Anstiftung“ and „Ertomis“

„Praxispartner“ („practice partner“) Leipzig/Dresden: deinHof“ („yourfarm“), ANNALINDE gGmbH


Further information: http://www.nascent-transformativ.de/english/?noredirect=en_US


The project „nascent- New opportunities for a sustainable food system through transformative enterprise models” was funded from 2015 until 2018 in the framework of the programme FONA – Research for Sustainable Development and in the “Fördermaßnahme Nachhaltiges Wirtschaften” (“support measures sustainable management”)– socio-economic research of the “Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung” (“Federal Ministry of Education and Research”)Fona (BMBF).