The bee-friendly OrtoFrutteto takes root in Rome

120 fruit trees planted on land belonging to the Capodarco Agriculture Social Cooperative

Planted in Rome, on one of the lands managed by the Capodarco Agriculture Social Cooperative, a solidarity fruit orchard. The project was carried out thanks to the support of Banca di Credito Cooperativo di Roma with the technical support of AzzeroCO2. The intervention involved land near the Appia Antica available to the Cooperative and in which 120 plants belonging to melliferous and bushy species have been planted, including apricots, ancient fruit-bearing varieties from Lazio, olive trees, lavender, rosemary and sage. These are plants selected to attract and protect the different species of pollinating insects such as bees, butterflies and bumblebees on whose precious pollination work the conservation of the biodiversity heritage depends and whose survival is however threatened by pollution, pesticides, habitat loss, parasites, diseases and climate change.

Protagonists of this day dedicated to environmental sustainability some of the boys and girls between the ages of 18 and 29 who are part of the Community Keepers Project and who took care of planting the plants. These are young people in conditions of economic or social hardship who first undertook a training course focused on agriculture and then began work placements.

“The initiative of the Capodarco Cooperative and AzzeroCO2 – said Maurizio Longhi, president of the Banca di Credito Cooperativo di Roma – is of great significance and could not fail to find our convinced support. Attention to the environment, mutualism and social inclusion have always been essential guidelines for the Bcc of Rome, which often, however, favors unconventional forms of financing such as microcredit which also guarantee individuals with little or no guarantees of having access to finance . I would add that our new Sustainability Plan, based on the 17 United Nations objectives, confirms a commitment that is certainly not extemporaneous, but a long-lasting one”.

The choice of melliferous species was not accidental and indeed has a high symbolic as well as naturalistic value. The intervention will in fact make it possible to create a natural refuge for endangered species, in a place where hospitality and protection of fragile subjects is already at home. In fact, it is no coincidence that a land managed by was chosen to graft the OrtoFrutteto Agricoltura Capodarco, a social cooperative that uses agricultural practices to generate well-being for the local community and carry out interventions of social significance aimed at disadvantaged people. “The planting of the plants was carried out in the approximately 20 hectares of land on the Appia Antica managed by Agricoltura Capodarco, cultivated with arable land (wheat) and vineyards – said Salvatore Stingo, president of the Capodarco Agriculture Social Cooperative – The intervention aims to testify with a concrete example the enormous potential expressed by Social Agriculture, which retains the ability to combine the themes of welcoming and job placement of the most fragile people with respect for the environment and the good practices of Organic Agriculture ”.

“Thanks to the partnership with Banca di Credito Cooperativo di Roma, we continue on our path that aims to combine environmental protection with support for the most fragile people – said Annalisa Corrado, head of innovative projects at AzzeroCO2 – With the OrtoFrutteto created in the Agricultural Social Cooperative Capodarco we want to promote a civil, sustainable and inclusive economy capable of bringing benefits to the whole community and the territory and which invests in people who would otherwise have greater difficulty integrating into the world of work. Environmental protection, solidarity, social redemption are the cornerstones on which to build a greener and fairer future for all”.