URBAN FARMING. A Local Case

This last August, during the transition time between Rotterdam and New York – my next destination – , I spent a few days enjoying my hometown, Logroño.

Here I have known about an interesting project to introduce small-scale agriculture in the urban life of the city, whose first implementation is being a real success.

Is the program called “Huertos Urbanos de Logroño”, in which 66 orchards of 50 m2 (540 ft2) have been created on a plot of municipal property, in the area called “El Campillo”.

Thus, it is proposed as a first step the raffle of the orchards (in the first round there were 262 applicants for 66 orchards). To enter is only necessary to be registered in Logroño, although there are other models proposed for unemployed people or at risk of social exclusion.

Once the raffle is done the adjudication of the plots is carried out under terms of concession, not property, since the idea is that every two / three years the land changes hands.

From there, the proposed management system will be based on the model of self-management by consensus, where the limit will be producing for self-consumption, never for sale. Anyone who breaks the rules can be expelled from the council.

The program has a platform in the social network facebook, where you can follow the development of the adjudication of the first phase (determined last March), and from where it is possible to ask questions and stay in contact with people involved in the process.

The current place is now a little apart from the city centre (there are other areas proposed for phase II), but within a easily walkable distance. Being there, you can really see how successful that initiative is.

Until recently, in this city was easy to find many orchards that came with the migration from the countryside to the city, which had being disappearing due to urban development. It’s really interesting to see that projects proposing a return to the agriculture-city relationship (with contemporary conditions) are so well received by the citizens.

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