In 2008 this German city started turning public spaces and abandoned lots into vegetable gardens where local residents and even visitors were encouraged to harvest vegetables free of charge. They grow mostly lettuce, pole beans, and even tomatoes.
“It’s hard for townspeople to experience nature, so we’ve decided to bring nature back into the city,” says Lutz Kosack, the town hall’s resident botanist and driving force behind the project. Andernach has turned intimidating and abandoned public spaces into pleasant meeting spots, he says.
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