GreenBuzz Berlin is on a mission!
We want to find 100 Sustainable Solutions to present them to you, our community. Our goal is to highlight interesting and innovative people, projects and companies that are working towards sustainability and to share the information and wisdom that is already out there. A special interest of the 100 Sustainable Solutions is to give you an opportunity to get involved with every one of the solutions.
In our initial six survey questions, we ask about purpose, impact, and challenges. We want to know where the organizations get their optimism from and how anyone can get involved, on board and in touch.
We are very happy to have FARMLYPLACE on board as one of our first five organizations. Farmlyplace develops management and control systems for urban farming (smart farming), operates an online marketing platform for locally produced products, and provides a quality management solution for farm system customers. At their Kiezfarm in Charlottenburg, Farmlyplace supplies local consumers with fresh lettuce, leafy greens and herbs, and produces high-quality, locally produced, fresh, organic and natural products, sustainably and without genetic engineering.
Why does your organisation exist?
Farmlyplace addresses the lack of locally produced, fresh, healthy and sustainably cultivated greens in cities and in food deserts in general.
What impact do you have?
1) Farmlyplace consumes electricity from sustainable sources only (even for our computers and servers).
2) Farmlyplace skips nearly all middleman in the supply chain, skipping long distance transportation, logistic hubs, cooling logistics, whole sale and retailers.
3) Farmlyplace avoids food waste from the beginning, because we harvest on site, and only what’s on demand and consumed at the same day – there is very very few plant material left over.
4) We create new meaningful jobs and ways for local micro investment for urban farming sites as part of buildings and housing concepts..
What are your main challenges?
Missing Seed funding to generate a critical mass of real life experience with this new approach
Farmlyplace is still misunderstood as just another naive non-profit urban gardening project; We need more education on social business and that value comes from making social and climate impact …and meaningful occupation for urban populations. We still have hurdles to overcome in monetizing these values.
What gives you reason for optimism for the future?
The obvious positive effects of growing fresh and healthy food locally for myself, for my family, for my friends, colleagues and the neighborhood.
We have curious readers, eager to get active. How can they get involved with your project?
There are many ways to get involved. Join the Food in the City meetup to learn more and share your thoughts on how to build a better local food system; become a member of LocalChampions.de where you can find and add your favorite local businesses; subscribe to one of our weekly food boxes, “Salatliebe”; and of course, spread the word and invest in a local Kiezfarm or in-house Minifarm!
How can they get in touch?
Follow us on Social media and check out www.farmlyshop.com. They can also visit us as well at our Kiezfarm at Pestalozzistraße 66 in 10627 Berlin-Charlottenburg.
Samie is a researcher and community organiser passionate about environmental justice and global food systems.