MedTOWN supports development of community agroforestry project in Portugal
During the last months, COVID restrictions became the new reality all over the world and Campolide, Portugal is no exception. New needs, challenges and purposes were brought up within the community demanding for more solidarity networks, cooperation processes, respect for labour rights, equality, right wide and natural spaces for leisure, safe food, air, etc.
This new situation shaked the already fragile society, remembering that all the basic human needs are in danger and we all need to join and establish new cooperation networks not only to survive but also thrive.
MedTOWN project has been an important driving force to Bela Flor Agroforest prosperity, gathering around it new partners, (social and environmental) people from the community, resources and making available food, as also an important natural safe space for neighbours connection.
Along with the Volunteer Thursdays (a weekly moment specially dedicated to community in the agroforest) MedTOWN team also put together, monthly, Carpentry Workshops, where the community joined to build wood benches to better use/occupy the outdoors.
Neighbours (children and adults) together, using tools from local associations, transformed wasted wood on simple design benches that allowed children to have learning sessions outdoors, or for example, seniors to breakout the home isolation and meet with safety outside.
Small initiatives like this one are a very important key to join people together, cooperating and envisioning new possibilities that we would like to explore in community, further on within the MedTOWN project.