Journey starts in the garden! First stop is Zagreb. But not before we load up the van.
We are lucky to have these lovely fresh veggies from Sandra’s mom garden. Most popular vegetable garden plants in Croatia are tomatoes, green beans that come in many varieties, onions, carrots, collard greens, Swiss chard, spinach, kale, beets, scallions and peppers. Climate in Zagreb is very similar to New Jersey’s climate with 4 seasons, hot summers and cold winters, but less humid.
Loaded up and going now.
I am secretly hoping to get my turn driving, and I do!
As the day progresses it is getting colder and a heavy rain starts in the early afternoon. Thermometer reading is 12 degrees Celsius (54F), unusually low for August. I am wearing all of the clothes that I packed in layers and I am still cold. August heat that I was worried about will clearly not be an issue during our trip. I hear on the news that other parts of Europe are also experiencing a cold spell.
After a few phone calls and some navigating through the city streets, we arrived at our very first community garden!!
Our host is Vanja, a long time community organizer and a blogger of all things Zagreb related. He is also one of the editors of the web-page Mapiranje Tresnjevke (Tresnjevka Mapping). The page is an example of collaborative exploration of one of Zagreb’s neighborhoods (Tresnjevka) by its own inhabitants and sharing of the information with the world at:
To take a look at Vanja’s blog – Unknown Zagreb (in Croatian language only, but with some interesting pictures of the city) – please go to:
Eko Ekipa Precko (Eko Team Precko) is the name of this community garden as well as the community group whose members see themselves as an alternative urban community.
Mex, Sanja, Goran, Vanja
Garden in the early stage
(Image used by Vanja’s permission)
It was great to see all of he things that a community can do when connected. There is an old Croatian saying that comes to mind, “all of the people posses all of the knowledge”. Therefore knowledge will only be complete when all people are connected.