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In the frame of the policy analysis activity (included in WP4), Sapienza is conducting a study on the policies of the Municipality of Rome in the field of urban gardening, in light of a new regulation approved by the City Council in July 2015 (for a preliminary description of the regulation and its origins, see (http://www.tess-transition.eu/urban-gardening-in-rome/) In the last months, the topic of urban gardening has offered the chance for disseminating TESS project’s activities and results.

First of all, Wednesday, 8 June 2016 our department was visited by Prof. Jennifer Wilkins (http://falk.syr.edu/faculty/WilkinsJennifer.aspx) and Prof. Tanya Horacek (http://falk.syr.edu/faculty/HoracekTanya.aspx) from Falk College, Syracuse University (New York). Jennifer and Tanya were visiting Italy for professional reasons and they asked for a meeting to know more about the TESS project and urban gardening in Rome. The meeting was held in out department, with the participation of the entire Sapienza team, and we had the chance to discuss similarities and differences in urban agriculture and food policy in Italy and the US. After the meeting, we arranged a visit to the allotment of Casale Podere Rosa (for more information: http://www.sustainable-communities.eu/a-corner-in-the-city/), one of the CBIs contacted during the WP2 and WP3 fieldwork in Rome. Stefano Petrella, Director of Casale Podere Rosa, guided the visit, showing Jennifer and Tanya the allotment and the other activities carried out by the association.

 

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Second, a paper on “The Policing of Urban Gardening in Rome” was proposed and accepted for the conference, “Growing in Cities. Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Urban Gardening International Conference” (http://www.urbanallotments.eu/final-conference/introduction.html), that will be held in Basel (Switzerland) 9-10 September 2016. The conference marks the conclusion of the four year EUCOST Action “Urban Allotment Gardens in European Cities” and aims to explore the dynamics of existing and emerging forms of urban gardening in Europe and beyond. The presentation will critically examine the regulation on urban gardening approved by the Municipality of Rome in July 2015, highlighting enabling and disabling effects on grassroots initiatives.

 

Written by Raffaella Coletti