The three pilot projects of the European FoodE program start in Sabadell. Sabadell is the only city in the State that participates in the initiative. The European grant for Sabadell projects is more than 280,000 euros.
FoodE aims to promote food systems throughout the territory and extend local, traditional, organic and sustainable agriculture.
This month the preliminary tasks of adapting the spaces that will host the three pilot projects of the European FoodE program have begun in Sabadell , a European research project that aims to promote food systems throughout the territory and extend local , traditional , organic and sustainable agriculture .
Sabadell is the only city in the State that participates in the initiative. It has a European grant of more than 280,000 euros .
Thus, the initiative includes three pilot projects in the city: a social urban garden in the center of Sabadell, an area of experimental farms in the Agrari Park and a garden in Can Bages, just off the Ripoll river.
In the first place, they have begun to carry out the necessary tasks to guarantee the ecological production that will take place in the three spaces. For example, in Can Gambús ecological seeds have been planted to marinate in green and a floral margin has been implanted to favor biodiversity with the presence of pollinating insects and natural enemies of the farm.
Later, according to the council, local ecological varieties of horticulture will be planted in an area of 2 hectares distributed between the Agrari Park and the Ripoll river orchard.
The objective is to work with local varieties in ecological farms, with less consumption of water and fertilizers . One part will be for professional farmers and another for the general population (social garden).
The three processes underway
The Sabadell City Council , together with the ICTA of the UAB , have already launched the three participatory processes for the final definition of the spaces .
Different entities and associations from Sabadell intervene here , high school students from different institutes, consumer cooperatives , as well as students from agricultural and university training cycles in Environmental Sciences (UAB) and Engineering in Agronomic Sciences (UPC).
The Councilor for Energy Transition, Mar Molina , highlighted “the importance of the participation of secondary school students from Sabadell and other towns, providing pedagogical value to the project, in addition to the ecological and social aspects .”