Since 02.06.2022, the first self-made raised beds, fully planted with herbs and vegetables, are placed outside our company headquarters in Eislingen. In the future, our trainees will take care of produce such as Mini aubergines, mini cucumbers, tomatoes, basil, and much more. What we do is called urban farming or urban gardening. Here, we mainly use small city areas in settlement areas or their direct vicinity. The focus here is on sustainable cultivation of horticultural crops, environmentally friendly production, and conscious consumption of agricultural products.
Gardening is our Thing – But Why?
Let's take a look at the current situation in agriculture. Every day, thousands of acres of football fields of forest are burnt down to convert them into arable land, among other things. In the process, many animals lose their habitat, and we humans lose a piece of our global lungs. Urban horticulture defies this land grabbing and offers the opportunity to get a little closer to nature and its food in the city. Through urban gardening, people learn to appreciate food again. Historically, urban gardening was also relevant until the middle of the 19th century because until then, there were no good enough means of transport, and food could not be kept for as long as it is today.
Nowadays, growing your own fruit and vegetables is no longer necessary, but the many advantages of urban gardening are prompting more and more people and businesses to take the first steps towards self-sufficiency:
Reduction of transport routes and the concomitant carbon dioxide emissions
To ensure that our supermarkets can always offer plenty of food, produce has to be delivered fresh to the markets. Germany alone has over 11,000 supermarkets in Germany which means that several thousand kilometres are travelled every day for this purpose. Correspondingly this causes high emissions. With urban gardens, it is possible to avoid at least a small proportion of these journeys.
Fair and environmentally friendly production guaranteed
There is an increasing demand for food produced in an environmentally sustainable and socially just manner, which is often attempted through home production or local purchase. In addition, an urban garden improves the microclimate of the city and contributes to biodiversity. Ultimately, actions such as the urban garden steer city life in a sustainable direction, which is crucial given the climate change currently taking place.
Why we want to garden as a TGA service provider
It is important to us to set an example regarding climate protection and sustainability. With the help of our freshly planted raised beds, we have the opportunity to grow fresh fruit, vegetables, and herbs not only for ourselves but also for our neighbours in the Buntweberei area in Eislingen. This offers opportunities for joint engagement in the area, which is sustainable and environmentally friendly at the same time. In addition to the urban garden, we have already taken other climate-friendly measures, such as converting our fleet to electric vehicles. For us, topics like urban farming and e-mobility are an opportunity to move in the right direction with small but nevertheless impactful steps. Feel free to follow us on Instagram to follow the growth of our little plants! @salvia_gebauedetechnik