Garden of Encounter Traiskirchen

2,000 Euro Prize 2019

Country: Austria

Region: Lower Austria

Sector: Civil Society / Social Economy

Fields of action: Work, Adult education, Migration

Project owner: Verein Garten der Begegnung

Responsible person: Günther Herzog

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What is it about?

Social agriculture & intercultural crafting project for people with or without flight background. Learning from each other while working in our organic garden and in our sewing workshop. Supporting local environmental and social projects, assisting asylum seekers in Austria to enable inclusion after granted asylum. Networking in the fields of organic agriculture, migration and integration.

Appreciation of the Jury

Integration through collaborative action: sowing, planting, harvesting, cooking, eating, building, sewing, discussing, learning, helping, trying out, explaining, making progress, integrating. Many pay a visit, again and again. Some take over a tree sponsorship. And something new is always added. An innovative process. School classes learn, for example, in the “vegetable field demo”. The collaboration in the project is a “rope to hold on to”, says a displaced person, “I see how the people live here”. The focus is on respectful curiosity and meaningful employment. That is good for everyone. Since idleness paralyses. Not just the asylum seekers.