Field trips will be an integral part of the Agroecology Europe Forum, in order to experience local farmer cooperatives and research initiatives related to Agroecology. Here are the three options prososed:
BAIX LLOBREGAT Agricultural Park
"Let's Feed Collserola!" Promotion of Agroecological Transition in Collserola NATURAL PARK
Alternative food bank "Alterbanc"
The Baix Llobregat Agricultural Park is an agricultural area located in the metropolitan area of Barcelona that has had a specific urban planning protection since 1998.
Its objective is to consolidate and promote agricultural activity in a territory made up of 14 municipalities in the area. For this purpose, the Park Consortium promotes specific programs to preserve the productive values of the agricultural area, promote local quality products and local consumption.
The Baix Llobregat Agricultural Park has some 250 professional agricultural companies, with an average surface area of between 2 and 5 hectares, of which slightly more than half have the distinctive “Fresh Produce of the Park” label or are organic producers, and participate in the network of local markets in the Park’s municipalities.
The project Alimentem Collserola – “Let’s Feed Collserola! – aims to promote fairer and more sustainable local food systems and to reactivate agricultural activity in the area of influence of the Sierra de Collserola Natural Park.
This Natural Park covers an area of 8,259 hectares and is surrounded by densely populated and urbanized municipalities in the metropolitan area of Barcelona.
Alimentemos Collserola’ is an intervention strategy that incorporates, through a broad participatory process, the different types of knowledge and visions of local agents in various areas (socioeconomic, ecological, cultural, etc.) in order to promote agricultural production, local and ecological consumption, agroecological education and agrifood heritage.
Alterbanc is an initiative that emerges from agroecological social movements urging the local administrations to prioritize that the food that should reach vulnerable families is purchased at remunerative prices to small organic farmers of proximity.
Thus, public resources will be converted into health for these families and into a future for these farms. It also aims at reactivating local economies to stop globalized agro-industrial expansion and promoting social links and decent ways of life.