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Agroforestry Systems - Regenerating an abandoned land

2018-now: Since the beginning of 2018 our Association NEW Loops is regenerating an abandoned land through Permaculture design and techniques. We are creating a living experimental space where everyone can learn, connect to nature and enjoy community. The project was kicked off through the necessity of finding an appropriate space for an European Youth Exchange, which was part of the project "Idea(l)s in Action" described below. The seeding process was then continued with two courses and the planting of two agroforestry systems with the help and knowledge of Bruno Nunes.



Idea(l)s in Action - A strategic partnership on social innovation and sustainable pathways

2017-2018, funded by the ERASMUS+ Programme of the European Union:
The strategic partnership Idea(l)s in action addressed the issues of (youth) unemployment and the need to tends towards a more sustainable and inclusive development. It aims at inspiring and empowering people, allowing them to believe in their abilities to take action and to create the positive change they hope for their lives and communities. This project was at the same time a training program for youth and social workers, a research program based on experiences in active pedagogy and non-formal education, and an awareness program on social and environmental issues and a promotional project of social innovation and innovative lifestyles. It was a partnership of 4 associations from France, Greece, Italy and Portugal, it lasted 22 months and included 4 Heterotopia Tours, 4 large-scale dissemination events and small-scale local events. If you would like to know more about the project and to know what is a Heterotopia check out the project's outputs:


Urban Rooftop Garden - Municipal Market in Faro

2016-2017
In autumn 2016 we got in a partnership with Faro's cultural and artistic association Policromia and started co-sharing their space in the top floor of the Municipal Market of Faro. In December 2016 we then started our rooftop garden garden project based on the Ethics and Principles of Permaculture. The head start was a successful course of introducing Permaculture and the Creativity of a inspired group of lovely people from Faro and surroundings. 
The project than continued and the garden expanded through other courses (Growing Mushrooms, a full Permaculture design course) and monthly Permaculture gatherings. The rooftop garden included various wicking bed systems build from upcycled material and a small worm compost.