Urban community garden project underway

Urban community garden project underway

Those interested in the communal urban gardens have until May 30 to sign up.

Mon 06 May 2024 10:42 AM

F’orti is an urban community garden project set to be created in the city in the coming months. Those interested can complete the online form, with a deadline of May 30. The project promoted by the city’s environmental department is implemented thanks to the support of the Fondazione CR Firenze, Rete Semi Rurali, and the Tuscan Horticultural Society.

The project is the first of its kind organized by Florence’s city council, consisting of gardens entrusted to groups of citizens, associations and neighbourhood organizations for community management, with the aim of fostering environmental education and sharing in the various neighbourhoods, while regenerating green spaces. 110,000 euro has been put towards the project, with 30,000 euro for the initial realization and 80,000 euro for subsequent activities.

The areas chosen to plant the vegetable gardens are the cloister of the Thouar Library in Zone 1, Malcantone Garden in Zone 2, Villa di Rusciano Park in Zone 3, the recently inaugurated Canova-Fedi Garden and the Gozzini Garden (in front of the prison, with the involvement of inmates) in Zone 4, and Lippi Garden in Zone 5. A total of 1,100 square metres will be available for cultivation, with more than 60 fruit trees.

The project has an initial duration of three years, with the areas to be cultivated using only organic and biodynamic agriculture, favouring local and traditional seeds. Participation is open to individual citizens and associations, non-profit entities, and social enterprises operating in the environmental, agricultural, cultural and socio-recreational sectors based in the municipality of Florence. Those interested can consult the dedicated webpage. Spaces will be allocated in June.

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