Humana and the City Council of Rivas Vaciamadrid inaugurated yesterday officially the Program of Social and Urban Agriculture 3C Cultivating Climate and Community of the municipality. The program includes a social garden located next to the Polideportivo Municipal del Sureste.
The space, of 2,500 square meters, has 21 users. Humana provides the keys and tools necessary for users to join forces and collaborate in a sustainable agriculture project, learning the techniques for the creation, maintenance and conservation of an ecological garden. 3C is formed by a total of 10 social gardens distributed in the Community of Madrid, Catalonia and Andalusia.
The official opening was attended by José María Álvarez, First Deputy Mayor and Delegate Councilor for Environment, Mobility and Waste and Maintenance of the City, and Elisabeth Molnar, Humana General Manager. The Foundation and the Consistory signed an agreement in March 2018 for the implementation of the 3C Program in Rivas. It is now when it has been decided to officially inaugurate, given that the orchard is already working at full capacity, as shown by the fact that they have already achieved their first harvest.
During the whole event, José María Álvarez was very interested in the work of the users and the explanations that they gave about the work developed in the garden. With the help of one of the users, Álvarez and Elisabeth Molnar, General Director of Humana, have planted some marigolds, a very useful variety to protect strawberry crops.
The First Deputy Mayor of Rivas Vaciamadrid highly values this initiative of social agriculture and its impact, both in the natural environment in which it is located and in the users themselves and their relatives and friends involved in it. Álvarez also points out that "3C is a great example of how it is possible to revert locally the resources generated by the residents of Rivas themselves, through their donations of textiles. For that reason, I hope that the joint work developed with the Foundation will be extended for a long time ".
Elisabeth Molnar, for her part, thanked the City Council and the citizens of Rivas for their collaboration, assuring that "programs like this represent an excellent example of how we turn a waste into a resource and we are able to give a clear social purpose to the used clothes; 3C promotes social agriculture and at the same time promotes training, the spirit of community, the bonds between users and a sensitivity for the protection of the environment that provides an outstanding added value ".
The 3C Cultivating Climate and Community program
3C Cultivating Climate and Community, provides the keys and necessary tools to users to join forces and collaborate in a sustainable agriculture project, learning the techniques for the creation, maintenance and conservation of an ecological garden. The agricultural technicians of the Foundation advise, assist and accompany, and also promote values such as responsibility, personal development, teamwork, promotion of relationships and knowledge about climate, climate change and nutrition.
The program accounts for 420 users in Spain since its start-up, with a total production of 120 tonnes organic vegetables, that is: an average of 287 kg per participant for own consumption. When there is a surplus, part of the production is donated to solidarity organizations or to the food bank.
Textile collection in Rivas Vaciamadrid
Humana recovered 281 tons of used textiles at Rivas Vaciamadrid in 2018. This register is equivalent to 583,000 garments that have a second life thanks to reuse and recycling; come from green containers located on public roads, where citizens deposit clothes, footwear, accessories and household textiles that are no longer used and to which Humana gives a second life. The resources generated with the management of the textile have allowed the start-up of the 3C Rivas Program.