In the context of Novo Recreio socioenvironmental vulnerability already described in other posts, and considering the urban agriculture potential to urban sustainability, the idea of a master project regarding this subject was considered by the professor Leandro Giatti and the master´s candidate Simone Omori, part of the ResNexus team.
Urban agriculture is considered as a sustainable alternative, since people need to feed and space for food production is becoming scarce, besides all the environmental impacts and barriers of rural agriculture, and issues such as food security, the use of idle public spaces and fight climate change impacts. Besides, it can generate income and improve health and wellbeing of the community and participants.
This interdependence refers to the urban nexus, therefore, urban gardening is an important synergy. Consequently, food production in the urban environment optimizes the use of resources: the energy and water costs are reduced, as transport, since the food produced is sold locally, avoiding crossing great distances. Carbon emissions are also reduced with urban gardening.
This master´s dissertation will focus on an intervention process that mobilizes society through the implementation of a community urban garden. On October 23, 2017, a group of people interested on it had the first meeting, with 8 community residents, 5 school staff members and 6 Basic Health Unit (UBS) of Novo Recreio employees. Since the first meeting, lots of activities towards the urban garden development took place, and are illustrated in the photos below:
The planning is that the community garden is well implemented until August 2018. In addition, as part of the results of this dissertation, a brochure on urban agriculture will be developed with the participation of the members, and also will contain the experiences lived in the process of the gardening building.