Describe your implementation:
We developed outdoors workshops to put people direct in contact to the green living areas that need to be transformed. On these workshops we share knowledges about permaculture, waste, right to the city, communication, gardening, ecology, always encouraging people to experience these practices & replicate at home or on the street. We also offer free content on the internet & try to spread successful examples of recovering spaces through interviews and articles on our website.In the beginning of Canteiros Coletivos, people that wanted an experience with us used to ask if we had permission to clean and plant in public spaces. Today, they ask us how to grow plants & motivate other people to plant in the public space. When we initiated the activities we were invited for meetings with three secretaries of the local government to explain how we were attracting people to the streets. Over the years, we have noticed several government actions of planting in communities.
Until today, we receive lots of emails & phone calls requesting actions & partnership in different neighborhoods, schools, companies, & institutions. People want to plant, more & more, but need to know how to do it.
In the beginning, we used to make a joint effort to gather gardening supplies, carpool, water and everything needed for an intervention. Then, from 2013 to 2014, we got funding to run free outdoor workshops for a year, and we gathered about 30 people at each meeting to develop permaculture and artistic practices in the public space of two communities.
A good partnership with people and institutions is important to develop strong actions and make more people embrace the idea. Constant communication is also a very important tool to spread the idea.
Our obstacles are always the resources to maintain the activities regularly. We need to capitalize on workshops and products to generate resources and income and alto to partner with NGOs to enter projects in public notices and get funding.
Instituto de Permacultura da Bahia – NGO, first partner, helped us to get fund for a one-year project.
Escritório Modelo de Arquitetura da UFBA – Group of students of the course of architecture & urbanism of the federal university. Invited us to initiate a work together in the community of Gantois.
Cine Teatro Solar Boa Vista – Cultural public equipment of the state of Bahia. Inserted us in the community of Engenho Velho de Brotas & created external cultural events to value our actions in the Solar Park Boa Vista.
Bairro Escola Rio Vermelho – Local Project in the neighborhood of Rio Vermelho, developed by the NGO Cipó – Comunicação Interativa, that realized festivals to recover an abandoned square.
SER – NGO, always try to connect us with good opportunities. Is led by people that really believe in our positive impact to the city.
Where There be Dragons – Experimental education company. Connected students from the Brige Year Program (Princeton) to volunteering in our actions.
Programa Corra pro Abraço - Damage reduction program of the state government of Bahia that called us to develop courses with.homeless people.
Instituto Limpa Brasil – NGO from São Paulo that is acting in Salvador. It’s our institutional partner in our new project gardening with public schools.
Fundo Socioambiental Casa – NGO, our new funder to the project with the schools.
Nonstop – Strategic design agency for small and emerging creative businesses. Has been offering us mentorship.