Maciej Łepkowski, Motyka i Słońce Community Garden
Nature and culture animator. Co-founder of the Motyka i Słońce Community Garden in the Warsaw’s Osiedle Jazdów. Doctoral candidate in the Department of Landscape Art (Faculty of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Warsaw University of Life Sciences) where he works on informal green spaces. Since 2017 he has been co-creating the community garden support programme Bujna Warszawa.
A community garden is a place to which a group of people tends. It is simultaneously a recreational space, an educational space, and it serves a culture-formative purpose. It is a kind of para-institution of culture where the topics of ecology and cultivation are crucial, but they generate a number of other talking points. We meet regularly, every Sunday, to work in the garden. These meetings have the additional purpose of showing people and educating them on how you can grow vegetables in an environmentally-friendly way. Everyone who comes here gets a kind of gardening course inspired by permaculture. We also organise workshops for schools and preschools, as well as events for local government officials. Moreover, we carry out the Bujna Warszawa programme.
You can find more information about the Motyka i Słońce Community Garden here
Bujna Warszawa is a Warsaw-based programme that supports establishing and developing community gardens in the city. You can find more information here
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