Field visit 2 – Krisztina Szilágyi’s “Terápiás kert” (Therapy Garden)
Field visit at the Therapy Garden Krisztina Szilágyi’s “Terápiás kert” as part of the 11th Let’s Liberate Diversity! Forum!
What is about?
The Garden, a community farm, was founded in Sződ, Pest County, in 2021, then the production began in the spring of 2022. The community farm acts as a vegetable supplier for several families in its neighborhood.
In addition to the usual pepper-tomato-squash offer, members can find very special crops in their “carts”. The garden also has orach, landrace spinach, cucamelon, white eggplant, Armenian cucumber, okra and tree onion. The garden covers an area of 3,000 m2, where approximately 50 types of vegetables are grown, but considering the range of varieties, the number is nearly 150. The methods used in the area are organic and permaculture practices, soil renewal, composting, mulching, foil hothouse, seedling greenhouse, with a solar food dryer.
Therapy Garden operates with one cart size, with weekly or bi-weekly subscription types during the season lasting from the beginning of April until the end of November.
Besides the many special and landrace vegetables here, it’s also a place for Krisztina’s personal experiments too. For example: can a plant be propagated and maintained for community farming; can it yield well?
Krisztina graduated as an ecologist, then worked in the pharmaceutical industry. Gardening had a therapeutic effect on her, it was her own therapy. This is the meaning behind the famr’s name. After several years of experience, she can see that it can also be true for other people. She believes this type of work, creating something with our hands, has a therapeutic effect on us. She’s been first introduced to community farming as a business type by an organic farming course. Later, she delved more into it, and completed another course specifically in community farming, which helped her to make a decision, and Therapy Garden has become the end result.
The visit starts in the morning until lunch time, when participants will come back to @MATE university campus for lunch.
There is a maximum number of 20 participants.
If you do not attend the field visits, you can stay @MATE university campus, Villányi Út and follow different activities:
- Room 1- Seeds and Agrobiodiversity in Hungary (in HU with English interpretation)
- Room 2 – Milan Urban Food Policy Pact