Working Group "Small-Scale Farming and Gardens in urban
and rural areas"
in cooperation with the working group "Agriculture and Social Ecology"
HUMBOLDT UNIVERSITY BERLIN - Faculty for Agriculture and Gardening
21st – 25rd July 2000
at the Faculty for Agriculture and Gardening, Humboldt University, Berlin
(Invalidenstraße 42, 10115 Berlin)
PROGRAMME deutsche Version
Friday, 21st July 2000
Topic A: Forms of gardening and small-scale farming
at the beginning and at
the end of the 20th century
Chair: Johannes Heinrichs, Work Group Agri-Culture and Social Ecology
at the Faculty for
Agriculture and Gardening of Humboldt University, Berlin
10.00 – 10.45 Elisabeth Meyer-Renschhausen (Berlin): Introduction: Small-scale farming and gardens
as a "female economy" – about the meaning of "Lebenswelt" and housework in times
10.45 – 11.15 Onno Poppinga (Kassel, Germany): Old and new kinds of small-scale farming in the
old federal states of Germany. canceled
11.15 – 11.45 Heide Inhetveen (Göttingen, Germany): Horticulture – picture of and model for managing
one's affairs with precaution.
11.45 – 12.00 Break
12.00 – 12.30 Inge Buck (Bremen): Kleingärten between island of happiness, observation area and planning
expropriation. A research about the Kleingarten organisationsof Bremen.
14.30 – 15.00 Farida
Akhter, UBINIG: Policy Research for Development Alternativ (Dhaka,
A successful NGO leads to an ecological smallholders movement. (engl.)
15.00 – 15.30 Veronika Bennholdt-Thomsen (Bielefeld/Vienna): Female smallholders in the Warburger Börde,
15.30 – 16.00 Teodor Shanin (Manchester/Moscow): Informal economy in rural and urban Russia. (engl.)
16.00 – 16.30 Coffee break
16.30 – 17.15 Akemine Tetsuo (Tokyo, Japan): Report from Tokyo: Urban subsistence agriculture as a survival
strategy of the inhabitants. Lecture in Japanese, Translation: Richard Pestemer
17.15 –17.45 Maria Mies (Köln, Germany): Worldwide farmers' protests - the organisation of smallholders
19.00 - 22:00 Party, Café Florasoft, Invalidenstr. 42
Saturday, 22nd July 2000
Topic B: About the socio-economical necessity of gardening
and small-scale farming
in international comparison
Chair: Hardine Knuth, Faculty for Agriculture and Gardening of Humboldt
9.00 – 9.15 Introduction/ summary of the first day
9.15 – 9.45 Friedhelm Streiffeler (Berlin): Urban agriculture in Africa.
9.45 – 10.15 Rita Schäfer (Berlin): Community gardens of women in Zimbabwe and Sierra Leone. canceled
10.15 – 10.45 Nigel Swain (Liverpool, Great Britain): "Here everyone stands on two feet!" Small-scale
farming in the post-socialist rural transition, some examples from Eastern Central Europe
and the Balkans. (engl.)
11.15 – 11.45 Wojciech Kniec (Torun, Poland): Small scale farming in Poland – threats and opportunities (engl.)
Elwira Piszczek (Torun, Poland): Small farms in Poland. Business or "peasant routine"? (engl.)
11.45 – 12.45 Dorothee Jahn (Kassel/Witzenhausen, Germany): Urban agriculture in La Paz, Bolivia.
Brigitte Vogl-Lukasser (Vienna, Austria): House gardens of the Maya in the valley of Chiapas/ Mexico.
Karin Standler (Vienna/Linz, Austria) canceled: Gardening in Burkina Faso. How deep the well has
Topic C: Gardens as a community campaign, social movements and "Kleingarten" organisations
Teherani-Krönner, Faculty for Agriculture and Gardening of Humboldt
14.30 – 15.00 David Crouch (Derby, Great Britain): Urban gardening in Great Britain. (engl)
15.00 – 15.30 Gert Gröning (Berlin): About the development of urban garden culture in some north-american
and german cities in the late 20th century.
15.30 – 16.00 Elisabeth Meyer-Renschhausen (Berlin): Gardening and small-scale farming in the Uckermark/
Brandenburg – ecologically oriented self-work in times of unemployment.
16.00 – 16.30 Coffee break
16.30 – 17.00 Ramesh Chandra Agrawal, (Berlin): Perspectives of small farmers in developing countries –
Do they have a future? (engl.)
17.00 – 17.30 Edie Stone, (New York, USA): "Community Gardening in New York City Becomes a Political
18.00 – 19.30 Dinner break
19.30 - 21.30 Film of David Crouch: "Community Gardening in Great Britain"
and "City Farmers" of Meryl Joseph in engl.
Sunday, 23rd July 2000
Topic D: Practical problems of small-scale farming, for example the seed question
Bokelmann, Faculty for Agriculture and Gardening of Humboldt University,
10.00 – 10.15 Introduction/ summary of the first and second day
10.15 – 10.45 Christian Hiß (Eichstetten/Kaiserstuhl, Germany), farmer practising organic cultivation: Impulse
for the preservation and use of agricultural variety.
10.45 – 11.15 Wolfgang Eisenberg (Clenze/Wendland, Germany), smallholder: Agricultural "Urpoduktion" –
for the urban ecological movement only an episode?
11.15 – 11.45 Andrea Heistinger (Vienna, Austria): Seed breeding and seed preservation by peasant women
in Südtirol, Italy – the genes are not the issue.
11.45 – 12.15 Coffee break
12.15 – 12.45 Peter Gerber (Coopérative europénne Longo Mai, France): Self-managment and subsistence
economy. Seed for family gardens.
12.45 – 13.15 Sigrid Fronius (Coroico, Bolivia): From a garden for subsistence to a garden for the soul.
The story of a garden in subtropical Bolivia.
13.15 – 13.25 Final statement - should/will/can there be a next conference ?Informations about the field trips in
the afternoon and in the following days
13.25 – 14.30 Lunch break
from 14.30: Guided field trips to garden projects in Berlin
Monday, 24th July, and Tuesday, 25 th July 2000:
For the participants from abroad and all others who would like to come
we offer an excursion to different projects
in the Uckermark/ Brandenburg.