After the free offer, no one else steals anything.
. The harvest season is in full swing, from now on the association “Rheinfelden im Wandel” and the Stadtgärtle are once again giving vegetables, fruits and flowers. Lettuce, onions, Swiss chard, kohlrabi, currants, gooseberries and strawberries are now growing vigorously, and colorful flowers are blooming profusely. “We at the association and the Städtgärtle are happy when people come and take home their harvested salads, vegetables, herbs and fruit for free,” says Gudrun Eminger from the association.
“Let all citizens come,” wishes Gudrun Eminger and adds: “Whoever can’t handle taking something for free can put something in our piggy bank. We use the proceeds to create new seedlings or garden accessories.” The fact that people like to take the harvest home with them is important to the members of the association and the Stadtgärtle, and also because they want to give something back in this way. Because, according to Gudrun Eminger: “During the year we receive many gifts from private and business sources.”
Eminger gives examples of citizens coming to the city garden with beans, boards and seedlings of all kinds and handing them in. The two nurseries Rheinfelden Kaiser and Renner supply boxes of flower and vegetable seedlings. This is an understanding, a friendly understanding. In the Stadtgärtle near Karl-Metzger-Grube, permaculture is cultivated and lived in an exemplary manner. The active members of the association “Rheinfelden in Transition” look after a total of four small gardens with raised beds and borders, distributed throughout the city garden. About 50 women and men are currently involved in the Stadtgärtle, as well as more than ten people in the association “Rheinfelden in Transition”.
As recently as two years ago, in the Stadtgärtle, a few strangers “frantically used” to counteract these bad tones, a year ago it was decided that the harvest would be done at the usual time – always on Wednesdays from 4:30 pm to 6:00 am. in the evening (except for bad weather). – To give. “In the past, whole beds were cleared and a lot was stolen,” recalls Eminger. Now the problem is solved. “People can also wish for what they want.” – “It’s a very nice facility, and my children see how and where vegetables grow,” says Tabea Rolfs, who found out about the campaign thanks to a reference in BZ.