Stiftung Interkultur cooperates with Networks of Intercultural Community Gardens in the following countries:
European Network Community Gardening (ENCG)
Stiftung Interkultur moderates the discussion on an European Network Community Gardening and provides as a first step the following mailing list.
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European Learning Partnership Intercultural Gardens: New Ways of Learning
Stiftung Interkultur coordinated the European Learning Partnership "Intercultural Gardens: New Ways of Learning." (August 2006 – August 2007). The Partnership was funded by “Sokrates Grundtvig - Program of the European Commission”. Objective of the learning partnership was to initiate and generate new learning processes together with gardeners/multipliers from various European countries, in order to test new forms of education, furthermore to exchange information and experience among the participant organisations and to evaluate and to communicate the results. The most important objectives were to initiate resource-based learning processes in the gardens and to promote new intercultural garden projects in the partner-countries.
The learning-partnership was planned for three years, but due to the new EU-period from 2007 onwards no new partners were allowed to join existing partnerships. The partnership is with only two partners actually setting up intercultural gardens too small to be continued in the planned way. Therefore the partners decided not to prolong the learning-partnership.
The learning partnership was the first step to further co-operation and networking in this area on a European level and the partners are interested in further steps to an European network nevertheless.
Stiftung Interkultur acted as a federal coordination and service centre for the promotion and support of the network, as well as for the mutual knowledge exchange between the various garden projects.
The partners were:
Black Environment Network (GB): Black Environment Network engages for full participation of ethnic communities in the built and natural environment. Plants and gardens carry rich cultural meaning, and are a significant vehicle for cultural exchange and understanding. The network has many members engaged in this area of activity who can contribute to and benefit from this project with European partners. (www.ben-network.co.uk)
ARGE Müllvermeidung (A): ARGE Müllvermeidung is a charity whose activities are focused on environmental education, information, networking and realisation of pilote projects in the area of sustainable development, especially environment and employment/qualification as well as integration of at the labour market disadvantaged people. (www.arge.at)
Nest! Foundation (NL): The Nest! Foundation is a foundation that specializes in compiling and generating knowledge in the field of community building and community development, stimulating the recognition of such knowledge, making it transferable and subsequently transfering this knowledge for reinvestment in projects serving community building and community development. As such it harbours the coordination point and archives of the Grassroots Women International Academy as well as the Competence balance for mother centers. (www.gwia.net)