AGROCLUB

The Agroclub of the garden ‘Il fiore del deserto’ represents one of the first examples of this agroclub model in Italy, we have been the first to implement it.

The Agroclub model allows the owner of a cultivable piece of land to give it into adoption to external people who want to carry out gardening activities for leisure time but also for didactical or therapeutic purposes.

People who get in touch with the Community Fiore del Deserto can rent a plot of 25/30 m2, in exchange of a monthly fee that covers the milling of the land, the irrigation system by drops, gardening tools (hoe, spade, etc..). The renting/adoption lasts for 6 months in order to allow the preparation of the soil for spring time and autumn.

In addition to the plot, the gardeners can benefit from a green area close to the garden in which they can spend free time with their friends or families also having meals (upon request).

The gardeners engage themselves to follow some simple rules established thorough an agreement between them and ‘Il Fiore del Deserto’.  

Objectives

Materials

Implementation

Evaluation

Evaluation

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The continuation of the experience after 2 years

The involvement of the guests in gardening activities and at the same time the involvement of the gardeners in the Community activities and projects

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Turnover of the gardeners

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Irregularity of the gardening activities that oblige the guests of the community to take care of the garden.

No network of the Agroclub: though it is a registered trademark there is no structured federation.

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Aims and Outcomes

Aims

Through the Agroclub the Community ‘Il Fiore del Deserto’ has identified a new way of social intervention that supports educational activities. The Agroclub was born in order to connect the community  with associations, cooperatives and social enterprises dealing with the culture of sustainability and that promote social activities.

Moreover the Agroclub encourages its guests to experience gardening making them aware of the importance of natural cycles and time.

Outcomes

The Agroclub model, by promoting an intergenerational dialogue in a protected environment, has aroused the interest of social sectors and has increased the involvement of people in community activities by establishing positive, durable and supportive relationships between them and the guests of the community.

The Agroclub doesn’t produce a considerable income for the Community but it has developed therapeutic benefits for its guests who started to take care of the plants; at the same time the gardeners have become more involved in the Community projects and activities.