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Weltacker Berlin IGA 2017

Berlin

  • Market of Possibilities | Weltacker Club

    19. September 2017
    A wonderful Global Field season at the International Garden Exhibition slowly comes to an end. A good 50,000 people have visited us, 60 school classes and 30 other visitor groups have held workshops on our 2000 m² piece of farmland, 20 discussions and debates dealt with …

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News

  • Thanksgiving festivities on the Global Field

    14. September 2017
      Sunday October 8th 2017 starting 1 p.m.: What a successful 2017 season our Global Field has had at the IGA! Together with all our friends, partners, helpers and those interested in what we are doing, we would like to celebrate Thanksgiving and our season end …

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Europe

  • World Children’s Day!

    13. September 2017
    20 September is World Children’s Day in Berlin! We will be celebrating on our Global Field with an AckerRally, a Global Field Quizz and a seedballs-workshop  for children and the Young at heart, starting at 3.30 pm. If you want to take part, come to us …

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Global

  • Field Talk: 10,000 Gardens in Ethiopia

    13. September 2017
    On Wednesday, 20 September, starting at 4pm on the Global Field : we have the chance to meet the Ethiopian coordinator of the African project “10,000 Gardens” on the Weltacker. Asmelash Dagne, consultant for ecological farming and permaculture, will be presenting the “10,000 Gardens” project together …

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2000 square metres

If we were to divide the total global surface area of arable land by the number of people living on the planet, each person would get 2000m². It’s incredible just how much can be grown on a plot that size! Such a field could produce tonnes of vegetables, potatoes or grain… But who can eat all that?

What’s even more incredible is that in Europe we are currently consuming and wasting more than can be produced on our individual share of land.

On this website we want to take a look at our 2000m² together. We want to find out what needs to be done so that we can grow enough to provide for all human beings, animals, and plants that live from this land. We are looking for answers to many questions and for practical solutions.

Our field has gotten out of control: We urgently need to take action to stop this! Luckily we can all make changes. Some things we can do on our own once we understand the problems; others we can only achieve together.

“Good Food – Good Farming” is the campaign slogan of the Agricultural and Rural Convention (ARC2020), a broad alliance of farmers and consumers, along with over a hundred environmental, animal welfare, public health and development organisations from across Europe. ARC2020 is calling for a fundamental shift in our European agricultural and rural development policy to foster sustainable production and consumption of food, and the recovery of rural areas. Your participation is very welcome!

Team

  • Carla Giardini

    Carla Giardini

    Farmer

    A 46 year-old vegetable farmer and trained home economics teacher, Carla runs a peri-urban organic farm and shop, and has two children. Although she never gets bored, she sometimes wishes she had a little more time to be creative and try new recipes.

  • The field

    The field

    Field of experimentation

    The size of the field is about 2000m², representing the amount of arable land available to each one of us globally. The field is a few million years old; full of nourishment, life and stories. Lately, however, it has become a victim of pesticide overload.

  • Ben Wissler

    Ben Wissler

    Biologist

    A 32 year-old scientist specializing in plant ecology and communication, Ben conducts research on the role of soil fungi in the networking of plants.
    He always has some interesting trivia up his sleeve, ready to share.