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Urban vegetables

The range of seeds available in the shops is often limited. The Pro Specie Rara foundation, with the support of the City of Geneva, wants to promote diversity in our diet by encouraging city-dwellers to take tangible action – by growing delicious products on their balcony. Consequently, the “urban vegetables” project provides access to a wide range of old varieties and encourages the development of a community of keen urban gardeners.

Adultes et enfants au milieu d'un potager urbain

You don't need a garden to grow tomatoes, lettuces and sweet peppers: a well-exposed balcony is quite sufficient. And you don’t need to be a gardening pro to grow a range of delicious varieties of tomato. ProSpecieRara is committed to keeping traditional tomatoes alive and well. Their seeds are carefully stocked and conserved, along with 1,600 other varieties of vegetables and plants.

A community of men and women gardening in town

The Tomates-Urbaines website brings together all those who are keen to grow a range of tomatoes and vegetables on their balcony or in front of the building. Sharing good practices, organising meetings, providing advice: the platform brings back old, forgotten gardening practices, much to everyone’s pleasure.

Actions scheduled for 2019

You can order your starter kit of rare varieties of tomato, lettuce or peppers online. Pro Specie Rara is also organising a new series of events, including:

Preparing seedlings (tomatoes, peppers, lettuce and poppies)

  • Course A Saturday 9 March 2019, 1.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m.
  • Course B (identical) Saturday 9 March 2019, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Venue City of Geneva Botanical Gardens, 1 ch. Impératrice, 1292 Chambésy/GE
  • Registration / 022 418 52 25 / CHF 25 (members and donors), CHF 35 (others)
  • Link to more detailed information

Seed multiplication course (2 days)

Do you successfully grow your own old varieties and would like to reproduce them using your own seeds?

  • Theoretical part
    Saturday 13 April (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) in the City of Geneva Botanical Gardens
  • Practical part
    Saturday 17 August (10 a.m. to 4 p.m., followed by a snack) at Biosem, Chambrelien
  • Price ProSpecieRara members and donors: CHF 200, others: CHF 300
  • Mandatory registration, by e-mail or tel. 022 418  52 25
  • Link to more detailed information

Artichoke Saturday

The “Violet de Plainpalais” artichoke is particularly well-adapted to vegetable gardens where it has plenty of space to deploy its delightful and decorative flower heads.

Tomato festival

  • Date Saturday 18 May 2019, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Venues Greenhouses in the Parc de Beaulieu, rue Baulacre 3, 1202 Geneva / and “Semences de Pays”, Belle-Idée greenhouses, chemin du petit Bel-Air 2, 1225 Chêne-Bourg/GE
  • Link to more detailed information

Introduction to permaculture weekend

  • Course organised by the Permabondance team
  • Date Saturday 18 May and Sunday 19 May 2019, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Venue Le Jardin La Pralette, 5 ch. de la Petite-Pralette, 1232 Confignon
  • Price CHF 200 for members of ProSpecieRara,CHF 250 for others
  • Information and registration: @email
  • Link to more detailed information


Service Agenda 21 - Ville durable: «Nourrir la ville»

Gaétan Morel

5, rue de l'Hôtel-de-Ville

1204 Genève


Tél. +41 22 418 22 42


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Article modifié le 02.03.2020 à 15:39