Orto sul terrazzo has been started up by Filippo and Federica as a consequence of their huge passion for vegetable gardening, practiced for years on their own patio.

Filippo is being working in the ambit of social business – microfinance in particular- since more than 12 years. He worked a lot on social finance. And, above all, he worked abroad where he had the opportunity to experience ways of self- farming in rural contexts directly. He personally verified how rural communities were able to create their own livelihood with few means and a huge will-power. Federica, inspired by her family tradition, cultivates the important values of reuse and self-production of goods.

Filippo and Federica share a lifetime project and also a huge interest towards the Happy Degrowth Model: a financial and social model that is easily applying individual, familiar and collective level. It tends to reduce consumption and to increase and rediscover values and practical solutions aiming to respect the environment and  to live the most  important aspects of life and nature. One of the most important values that characterizes the model based on the Degrowth is self-production. Self- production collects all the methods oriented to discover again the independence in creating what we need to live by moving away from the current productive system, by reducing the dependence and by increasing the pleasure on using what it is produced by our hands. The concept of “happy degrowth”, refers to a living style based on the promotion of the widest possible substitution of industrially produced and commercially distributed commodities with self-production. This choice of life, which entails a diminution of the GPL (GrossInternalProduct), offers the possibility of extraordinary improvements in quality of life, both on a personal and a social level, better environmental conditions and relationships between people, nations and cultures. Adopting a degrowing lifestyle means reducing the quantity of commodities in one’s own life.

Objectives and beneficiaries

One of the most interesting aspects of self- production is the family cultivation of fruits and vegetables. The creation and cultivation of kitchen-gardens that substitute grassplots is spreading. Citizens are rediscovering the pleasure of having their vegetables cropped in their balconies; it is not only a matter of raising plants but also of tillage: exsiccation and preservation of produce, production of flour and cornflakes, pressing of grape etc.

Strong points of the practice

Orto sul Terrazzo has a furnished online shop of agricultural products necessary to start your own production of fruits and vegetables. It is directed to all those people who consider the possibility to grow vegetables and fruits in their own balcony, or in spaces stolen to the cement, as the chance to recover and enjoy of an healthy relation with mother nature.

Expected results and benefits for climate change adaptation and mitigation

Urban horticulture enables people/plant interactions that improve and enhance daily life by providing green spaces, such as parks, trees, green walls and roofs that reduce stormwater runoff and the urban heat island effect. Health benefits arise from active recreation spaces such as sports fields, pleasant tranquil spaces as well as small scale vegetable and fruit production. This is a rapidly developing area of horticulture as people are now aware of the value of growing horticultural crops in cities, developing attractive green spaces for improving the liveability of cities and their tourism potential.

Replicability potential of the practice