"Public Land to new farmers!" is one of the main slogans of the cooperative Co.r.ag.gio (Courage) which stands for COoperativa Romana AGricoltura GIOvani (Roman Farming Cooperative of Youth)
As part of the Roman Coordination for Access to Land, the Co.r.ag.gio has encouraged citizens and institutions to be aware of the environmental heritage abandoned in the agricultural outskirts of the city of Rome. The cooperative strives to make public land available to all citizens, and to preserve potential agricultural soils from the expansion of the city. For this reason, it is committed to develop a multifuncional and urban farming model that is healthy, organic, and able to replace the degraded concrete buildings areas with a new way of living, based on ecological concerns, on respect for labour dignity, and on the social meanings of agriculture.
The Cor.ag.gio. started its activities in 2011, as a free association of young people. The group is composed by farmers, agronomists, chefs, architects, day workers, industrial worker, anthropologists, educators who, after a few years, set up a farming cooperative. In 2014, the cooperative passed the public examination issued by the Municipality of Rome (process stimulated by the activities of the Roman Coordination for Access to Land) and it now manages 22 hectares of land called Borghetto San Carlo.
The cooperative has been granted several awards and acknowledgments, including in 2013 the international prize called “Real Food Heroes” by Vandana Shiva as leader of Navdanya International Onlus, and in June 2014 the International Prize of Ecology “Verde Ambiente” (Green Environment), promoted by VAS Onlus, with the patronage of Italian Republic Presidency and European commission.
The farm is just at the beginning, but please drop by if you want to see how it develops.