According to a well established tradition the Luxembourgish allotment gardeners met on Palm Sunday, 9th April 2017, for their annual congress.
308 delegates from 111 associations met in Diekirch. Fernand Etgen, minister for agriculture and Carole Dieschbourg, minister for environmental protection, representatives from the administration and partner organisations, as well as Malou Weirich, secretary general of the International Office du Coin de Terre et des Jardins Familiaux, were present.
After the statutory requirements and the honouring of deserving members, Marc Fischer made an interesting lecture concerning the campaign against food- waste. www.gaartanheem.lu/index.php/free-extensions/praesentation-gegen-lebensmittelverschwendung
Focussing the attention of the population, the authorities and the media on the allotments is a necessity accompanying us since the foundation of our movement.
The day of the garden, the day of the flower and, as it is called in Luxembourg, "Dag vun der oppener Gaardepärtchen" (open day in the garden) gives once a year the allotment gardeners the possibility to especially highlight the many folded values of the allotments. Consequently, this day has also to be sufficiently visible to reach its aim.
That's why following resolution was adopted with unanimity:
Open day in the garden:
• Considering the important function of this traditional event organised by the Luxembourgish allotment federation.
• Considering the increased participation of the allotment gardeners in this "open day in the garden".
• Considering the insufficient visibility of this day both for the public in general and for the foreign visitors of the country.
The congress decides:
• To organise, preceding the event, an information campaign including, if possible, the media.
• To seek for a partnership with national and regional responsible people dealing with tourism.
The Office delegates met in Luxembourg from 27th until 30rd August 2015 for this year's study session.
The subject was: "Gardening advice considering sustainability and responsible use of resources".
Rich and interesting discussions took place and will be the basis for the coming international congress in Vienna in 2016.
The federations have received all the documents of the study session, if you want to know more.
As appendix you find the conclusions of the working groups and the study session.
On 30th September 2014 many people came to the new community garden site in Steinsel. The mayor Jean-Pierre Klein welcomed the president of the Luxembourgish allotment federation Martine Mergen, the honorary president Jean Kieffer, members of Parliament and members of the communal council of Steinsel, representatives of the allotment federation as well as many gardening friends. A nice late summer weather helped to make people feel at ease.
The members of the youth house and zealous allotment gardeners of the new site provided people with food and drinks.
The garden in Steinsel is an original concept mixing traditional allotment gardens and community gardens. It was underlined in the speeches that there were many people interested in getting one of the 24 individual plots as well as the four community gardens. Special importance is given to teamwork and the communication between the gardeners on this site. ...