About this good practice
The University of Agrarian Agriculture of Valladolid and the City Council of Valladolid has launched this project in which retired people can take care of an eco-vegetable garden of 100 m2. In total 400 retirees are involved in the project by having free access to the land, water and training activities.
The allotments are also an open-air school in which senior citizens can learn how to respect nature and build healthy habits. The participants can take advantage by a technical assistance service provided by the founders of the gardens to solve different problems on growing their plants as well as can use all facilities that are provided.
The infrastructure is equipped with a water pump system and with special gardens for people with wheelchair.
Annual investment to maintain the project in good conditions.
Qualified and involved staff:
• 1 farm laborer
• 1 full-time agricultural engineer
• 1 part-time coordinator of all the urban gardens of the Valladolid City Council
Evidence of success
15 years of experience running the garden. Surveys show a high satisfaction level of participants. The project inspired the creation of other allotment gardens in Valladolid and other cities.
Every year a solidarity food or product market is organized with surpluses from the gardens and the money collected is invested in a solidarity project.
Many retirees find people in their same situation to talk, feel useful and share experiences, which is very positive for the mental health of these people.
Potential for learning or transfer
The self-sufficient gardening is an expansive movement. Every day there is a greater concern of taking better care of the environment, for doing outdoor activities and for a healthier diet free of pesticides, so it is a good practice that generates interest and social benefits to be replicated.
The INEA Ecological vegetable gardens can be a referent example to other cities and organizations.