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Großräumige Lebensmittelproduktion in urbanen Gebieten: Solidarische Landwirtschaft, Spörgelhof

Diego Maronese

Diego Maronese looks after the Solidargemeinschaft Spörgelhof’s garden, whose annual vegetable production is now around ten tonnes. His holistic approach combines regenerating soils, water systems and human relationships.

  • 40 min
  • In German

Diego Maronese has looked after the Solidargemeinschaft Spörgelhof’s garden since 2014, whose annual vegetable production is now around ten tonnes. He and his colleagues are keen proponents of regenerative, humus-enriching vegetable farming. Maronese conducts experiments with fermentation, both in the garden and in the kitchen. He recently started to cultivate one hectare of land according to Ernst Götsch’s principles of syntropic farming, in the course of which he has planted 800 trees. Maronese is also intensely interested in comparing two techniques of enriching humus: the prairie model using ruminants on one hand and the forest on the other. He is convinced that sustainable farming alone is now no longer sufficient – and sees it as the task of farmers to regenerate soils, water systems and human relationships.