Interkulturelle Gärten

Intercultural gardens.
In this concept the intercultural learning, international understanding and integration is central.

For more than ten years the intercultural gardens enrich the immigration country Germany. Germans and immigrants of distinct social milieus and lifestyles encounter in the intercultural gardens. During the joint farming of land in the middle of town new connections and affiliations are developed.

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Aims and Outcomes

Gardening and leisure activities in the specially created Intercultural Gardens are meant to promote social contacts between refugees, immigrants and natives. The Intercultural Gardens aim to achieve that the proclaimed solidarity with war and political refugees can be strengthened through day-to-day contacts with refugees and immigrants.

Another goal is to motivate refugees and immigrants to become active and to participate. Gardens are seen as an ideal location because immigrants and refugees often come from small farming communities and were unable to exercise their farming knowledge in Germany.

The Intercultural Gardens consist of plots on which vegetables and herbs - including herbs of the immigrants' countries of origin - can be grown. In addition there are jointly used places for children, community events and meetings.

Activities in the gardens are also seen as a foundation for further activities. For example, vocational orientation and integration in the areas of garden design and environmental protection through visits and internships in businesses of these sectors. Social integration is promoted through neighbourly help and family care, teaching of the German language, help in contacting educational institutions as well as documentation and public relations.