New national city farm network in Italy

Educattera is the name of Italy’s new national city farm network, which will enable children in those cities to stay close to nature.

The European Federation of City Farms (EFCF), which supports city farms across the continent, says the new network has been created through a collaboration between farms in Pavia, Ustica, Costa Vescovato and Sezzadio.

Writing in the EFCF’s latest newsletter, Marta Lo Sicco of Educaterra, says: “In Italy, there is a lot of interest in outdoor education, like kindergartens, but also associations of vegetable gardens for children and people with disabilities. Contact with nature has a strong influence in human’s quality of life. Our members do more of these kind of activities, each with their own characteristics: our territories guide us in the creations of routes, workshops and activities.

‘Contact with nature has a strong influence’

“We strongly believe in experience, first of all how “be in nature” and discover it by many languages and ways: care farms’ animals, growing vegetables, cooking, outdoor games, paint and create with natural elements.”

Click here to visit the Educattera website (Italian only)

Author: Simon Weedy

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