“Social farming: experiencing a new rurality” is the title of the seminar-conference that was held on 25 October 2019 in Corridonia and rapresented the closing event of FASST project (Formazione per Agricoltura Sociale e Sviluppo Territoriale), coordinated by PARS and co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission.
FASST project started two years ago with the aim to promote entrepreneurial initiatives in Social Farming through the development of open educational platform accessible to everyone. Training resources are free and available in five languages (Bulgarian, English, Italian, Macedonian, Spanish) on the website www.fasstproject.eu.
The conference organized by PARS was held at the salon of the Villaggio San Michele Arcangelo, in Corridonia. The speakers of the event were Moira Quintili from the Social Cooperative PARS who illustrated the results of the FASST project; Matteo Belletti, agricultural economist of the Polytechnic University of Marche with an analysis on the social value of San Michele as a post-industrial model of agriculture; Marco Villani, president of the San Michele Cooperative with a focus on the social experience of San Michele agriculture; Francesco Orazi, sociologist of the Polytechnic University of Marche with an in-depth study on alternative models of economy and the challenge of sustainability; Marco Giovagnoli, sociologist of the University of Camerino with an analysis on agro-silvo-pastoral activities and solidarity with the territory: the lesson from the high earth of the earthquake. Finally Mauro Bonaiuti, economist of the Association for Degrowth spoke about crisis as opportunity, degrowth and bioeconomy. At the end of the event, all participants could taste the typical organic products from Agricultural Cooperative San Michele Arcangelo.
"This meeting represented an opportunity to reflect on the role of agriculture and on the possible economic alternatives based on the respect of the individual and of the environment, placing in the second place the search for productivity goals and profit - explain the organizers Pars -. Social agriculture is one of the possible alternatives capable of generating economic value but also and above all social value. In this context, the Cooperative San Michele Arcangelo represents a concrete example of a social agricultural enterprise, born and developed for the care and inclusion of the individual ".