Marlinde Koopmans, Evy Mettepenningen and Guido van Huylenbroeck
In: Urban Agriculture Magazine no 29 - City Region Food Systems, p.32-34 (2015)
Over the last years, citizens of Ghent have developed many urban food initiatives; they include farm plots on brownfields, local food distribution systems and a rooftop farm. Because of interest in developing community activities and food production, Ghent’s citizens increasingly want to develop urban food activities on public land (e.g., land owned by the municipality). Many neighbourhoods organise themselves to develop community gardens, a practice which is often both financially and institutionally supported by the Ghent city government. Less known and less institutionalised, however, is the phenomenon of gathering food products on public land, outside of a garden context. We define gathering as “a practice that involves the removal of fungi, plants, or parts of plants with the intention of using the materials for foods, medicines, crafts, fuel, ceremony, decoration, or exchange” (Poe, McLain, Emery, & Hurley, 2013, p431).