New urban kitchen gardens
| Subject: Social Policies
Opening of 36 urban social community kitchen garden plots
The AMB (Barcelona Metropolitan Area) has opened 36 plots for urban community kitchen gardens of a social nature in Sant Boi de Llobregat. The action consists of constructing peri-urban kitchen gardens with a minimal ecological impact, designed and managed via a participative system that is focused on social inclusion. The kitchen gardens are addressed to people at risk of social exclusion, with a twofold objective: their own production of kilometre-zero foods and skills training for citizens involved in the programme.
The project, designed and funded by the AMB, with the City Council ceding the land, becomes an opportunity to set up social agricultural spaces in the urban settings of the Llobregat River basin, and is framed within the European SIDIG-MED project.
Assignment of plots and urban kitchen garden network
After the project has been started up, it will be the Marianao Foundation –by the concession of the Sant Boi de Llobregat City Council– that will be in charge of managing these 36 plots of land and the adjoining facilities, approximately half an hectare of land.
The AMB's future plan is to extend the project and create new kitchen gardens with these features in other districts and municipalities in the metropolitan area, until it has created an entire network of urban kitchen gardens that are spaces of interaction.
The inaugural ceremony was attended by Mayor Lluïsa Moret, the deputy mayor for the Sustainable City of Sant Boi de Llobregat, Josep Puigdengolas, the AMB infrastructures coordinator, Antoni Farrero, and the director of the Marianao Foundation, Josep Torrico.