Urban Agriculture in Caracas, Venezuela
In the Puerta Verde neighborhood, residents created a garden where retirees and volunteers care for flowers and vegetables.
By Teresa García Alcaraz
April 9, 2013
San Agustín, a parish in Caracas, Venezuela, is known for open plots of land where the hillside is too steep for habitation. A group of activists led by artist Natalya Critchley and Rogue Architecture has been working there with school children on urban development projects. Based on a study of local terrain, they’ve started building garden plots for fresh produce to help reduce the burden of an extremely high cost of living.
Using repurposed pipes from a broken McDonald’s jungle gym, the group recently built a small allotment next to an elementary school in San Agustín. Colorful plastic tubes became planters and composting containers filled with biodegradable waste from around the playground. The project included urban agriculture workshops aimed at developing the skills needed to build and maintain the garden. Student groups took responsibility for tending each container.