Community gardens expand to neighbouring cities

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The energy supplier EDP Bandeirante commited three of their areas in São Paulo’s neighbouring cities to the Community Gardens Project. The company also financed the construction of the gardens and horticultural training for residents by CITIES WITHOUT HUNGER staff.

The new partnership with EDP Bandeirante and the Instituto EDP has enabled the construction of three new community gardens. They are located underneath the company’s powerlines in the cities of Suzano and Mogi das Cruzes.

These two cities form São Paulo’s green belt and are famous for their fertile soils. In Suzano we have already been active in the past building gardens and even greenhouses. So, Mogi das Cruzes is the fourth city after São Paulo, Suzano and Santos where we have developed our Community Garden Project.

The gardens were started in March and the toughest works are almost finished by now. The plots were used as a deposit for construction waste by parts of the community and our team worked hard to clean the areas. After a soil analysis has confirmed that the soil is arable, the team has tilled the land and ploughed in large quantities of organic fertilizes such as manure and compost.

In Suzano, the gardens were inaugurated with a collective planting event in which EDP employees, neighbours, community members and volunteers participated. Groups of locals which want to take care of the gardens have already formed. Together with our team these groups have planted different crops such as corn, quiabo, cucumber, escarole and cabbage.

CITIES WITHOUT HUNGER staff trains these participants in organic crop production. The staff also bears the brunt of the physically most exhaustive tasks such as ploughing the soil. This training has a duration of one year and afterwards the communities will take full responsibility of their gardens and continue planting.

The Instituto EDP was created at the end of 2007 and started its activities in 2008. It represents the EDP Group’s commitment to human and social development in Brazil and enables access to human rights, culture, sports and education, promoting sustainable consumption and social engagement.

The institution supports local development in order to strengthen communities through activities such as school education and initiatives that provide access to work opportunities and autonomy.