PARK(ing) Day: Urban Gardening with VEG and the City

Want to grow herbs and veggies on your balcony, terrace, or windowsill? Zurich startup VEG and the City shows you how, all in a temporary parklet in front of swissnex!

Event Details

Location

swissnex San Francisco
730 Montgomery St., San Francisco, 94111 United States

Date

September 20, 2013 from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-08:00)

PARK(ing) Day: Urban Gardening with VEG and the City

As part of International PARK(ing) Day, swissnex takes over the parking spaces in front of their 730 Montgomery office and transforms them into an educational parklet on urban farming. Gudrun Ongania, founder of the Swiss startup VEG and the City, leads hands-on workshops in this pop-up urban garden—get ready to dig in the dirt!

As part of International PARK(ing) Day, swissnex takes over the parking spaces in front of their 730 Montgomery office and transforms them into an educational parklet on urban farming. Gudrun Ongania, founder of the Swiss startup VEG and the City, leads hands-on workshops in this pop-up urban garden—get ready to dig in the dirt!

Sign up for one of the hour-long workshops to learn the theory and practice of basic urban gardening. Topics include:

• The secrets of successful urban gardening
• Practical information on soil, light, sowing, and planting
• Building an urban garden in a temporary parklet—it will later become an installation in the swissnex lobby

An ideal learning opportunity for hobby urban gardeners and those who would like to become one. Let’s grow a parklet together!

 

This urban farming project is part of a larger program on green architecture leading up the CitiesAlive conference on Green Roofs and Walls in San Francisco October 23-26, 2013. VEG and the City will also join us in October for the conference as well as for a special NightLife event at the California Academy of Sciences on October 24, where we present a night on greening the city through green walls, roofs, and urban agriculture. For the October events, VEG and the City’s Gudrun Ongania will be joined by Wanda Keller, a gardening engineer from ZHAW Waedenswil.

 

Bio

Gudrun Ongania

Gudrun Ongania is founder and CEO of VEG and the City. In April 2012, she turned her passion into her profession: urban vegetable gardening. Being a change and project management consultant for seven years and an ambitious generalist, Gudrun moves business and technology forward. As a passionate vegetable gardener, she loves passing on her knowledge in private classes and company workshops. Next to running VEG and the City full time, she is a guest lecturer at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, in the field of change management.

 

More Info

VEG and the City
VEG and the City‘s mission is to provide each city dweller with a vegetable garden fitting their own lifestyle and related gardening know-how. VEG and the City aims to re-connect the urban population with ideas around how our food grows, how it looks, and how you can grow it on your own. And all of this to trigger emotions, encounters and, in the end, happiness! The Swiss start-up is based on three pillars: a webshop selling urban gardening accessories, urban gardening classes, as well as harvesting stations and gardens for rent. In 2014 the first VEG and the City garden opens in Zurich.

PARK(ing) Day
PARK(ing) Day, providing temporary public open space . . . one parking spot at at time. PARK(ing) Day is an annual open-source global event where citizens, artists, and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places.

The project began in 2005 when Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco. Since 2005, PARK(ing) Day has evolved into a global movement, with organizations and individuals (operating independently of Rebar but following an established set of guidelines) creating new forms of temporary public space in urban contexts around the world.

The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat … at least until the meter runs out!

CitiesAlive
At the 11th annual CitiesAlive Green Roof and Wall Conference, an expected 1,000 delegates from the region and across North America – including designers, engineers, roofing professionals and planners – will hear from 100+ expert speakers on the role of living architecture to increase urban resiliency via food production, water management, and energy generation. Programming includes inspirational Awards of Excellence projects, new professional training courses, green roof / wall / wine tours, an industry expo, and a spectacular delegate reception at the famed California Academy of Sciences. Register here!

 

 

Photo: Myleen Hollero

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