I spent the weekend in Kiel, Germany, where I met up with over 100 fascinating people from all across this green, humid country, each of them somehow connected to Jugendfarmen (Youth Farms) or Aktivspielplätze (Experimental Playgrounds). I found out about this conference during my stay at Le Prairie in Mouscron, Belgium, a bit over a month ago. My dear friend Elise told me about them and encouraged me to check out the conference – I’m so glad I did!
The weekend consisted of a variety of workshops about dancing, games, blacksmiths, sheep, raised beds and carving. I ended up signing up for the Raised-bed Gardening workshop. We spent the weekend building three raised beds for the garden at the AWO-Bauernhof in Kiel. We had a great weekend full of sunshine, good food and a tour around the Firth of Kiel. Thanks to Daniel from Kieler Honig, I’ve learned everything I need to know about building raised beds and can’t wait to build a few back in the San Luis Valley!
After having had so much fun building the raised beds in Kiel, I decided to jump on my next opportunity to build some more. During my stay in Kiel, I met Sigrun, Jürgen and Horst from Stadtteilfarm Huchting. They asked if I’d like to join them on Tuesday (today) to check out their farm and help them build a few raised beds. So I spent the morning helping them out and checking out all of the neat things they’ve got going on. I’m really impressed by the way they’ve set up the farm on only four acres of land! They’ve got goats, sheep, pigs, chickens, ducks, geese, horses, alpacas, donkeys, a dog, a bakery, a teepee, a camper for visitors, a sleeping stall, a fireplace, an insect hotel, a kitchen, a soccer field, a playground and even a little library! Wow, right?! Here’s some pictures of this little piece of paradise for you!
And here’s the farm I’ll be visiting this Friday: Kinder und Jugendfarm Bremen e.V.! I’ll be sure to keep you in the loop. 😉