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In the garden with: Lutz Kosack (“The edible city”)

Dr. Lutz Kosack – Photo: Stadtverwaltung Andernach

Urban agriculture, the cultivation of crop plants in the city, is currently a topic worldwide. An increasing number of urban gardeners want to grow their own vegetables and start-up companies are experimenting with determining how one can cultivate lettuce and cucumbers, etc. on roofs and on factory floors. A pioneering role in this movement is played by the small town of Andernach on the Rhine, Germany. In 2010 they started planting vegetable gardens and fruit trees in public green spaces in keeping with the motto “The edible city” (“Die essbare Stadt”). Co-initiator of the project was Dr. Lutz Kosack from the Urban Planning Office. He is also a lecturer at the University of Bonn at the Institute for Crop Plant Sciences and Resource Protection.

In the garden with: Anna Hackstein (IVG)

Anna Hackstein – Photo: IVG

Anna Hackstein is Managing Director of Industrieverband Garten (IVG) e.V. / Industry Garden Association since September 2017. The business administration graduate has been working for the IVG since 2015 and was initially responsible for the Marketing and Communications section, before taking over responsibility for managing the association originally on a provisional basis in the spring of 2017. The association currently unites just under 140 member-companies of the garden industry and its core competences lie in providing information, networking, PR work and lobbying.