Land Sharing for food and social good

Environmental sustainability, Poverty and social exclusion

The project promotes the reintroduction of old farming techniques that would support small multifunctional farms. The project targets disadvantaged people from rural and urban areas to connect with the intergenerational, organic cooperative and cultivate land using knowledge from older farmers. Through connecting elderly farmers on the countryside with unemployed and social endangered people from towns there is an intergenerational cooperative food production that solves wicked problems in environment and society (preservation of cultural landscapes with their landscape and biodiversity, negative demographic trends on the countryside, new development opportunities in rural areas, preservation of traditional multipurpose agricultural knowledge, food sovereignty, social problems in towns and countryside, work activation of long-term unemployed people…). Due to the emphasis on multifunctionality the project helps to support wider sustainable rural development (e.g. sale of organic produce, providing jobs, year-round income through varied produce, tourism potential) as well as being environmentally sustainable.

Networking, Training / Teaching, Production of goods, Services delivery, Social media, Public participation, Fundraising, Project management, Marketing & Promotion, Action-research
Local farmers, disadvantaged people from rural and urban areas, regional government

Transfer of knowledge and assets between generations to help create a cooperative farmer partnership. At an individual level, people can gain knowledge and skills to work the land and the potential to share the harvest from the farm and associated income.
The project was selected among 30 semi-finalists on the 2015 European Social Innovation competition and received the most points in the field of social impact. It has huge impact potential in social, nature protection, cultural, economic -social entrepreneurship and integral economy, demographic potential.
However, the implementation possibilities in Slovenia are limited due to the fact that such cooperative is considered as illegal work by Slovenian legislation.

* Information at the level of NUTS 3 or local regions.