ColtivAzioni Sociali was a three year project that aimed to improve community living and foster a culture of sharing in Dergano, a district of Milan . The project used food as its main tool to reinforce social inclusion and further cultural exchange. The objective was to promote the active participation of children and their families, whether Italians or non-Italians or new or old inhabitants of the district. It helped to create a network of micro services for common use.
One element of the project was the way it offered workshops on urban gardening and agriculture, through interacting with gardeners and farmers. Those involved learnt from each other and exchanged recipes and techniques of food preparation from all over Italy and the world.
Through this engagement and dialogue there are now many ideas in the pipeline for the neighbourhood, for example sharing snacks in public spaces and ”open kitchens” where together people prepare and share traditional recipes. They are even hoping to produce their own neighbourhood bear and implement an experimental service for grocery delivery.
The project was co-financed by Fondazione Cariplo and promoted by the ICEI together with the association ABG (associazione di genitori), ASNADA onlus), associazione De.de.p and L’amico Charly onlus in collaboration with INDACO, Politecnico di Milano and the institute Bodio Guicciardi plus other local associations.