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Watering the Garden

November 29, 2011

On my lunch break today I biked down to the other end of Circus Maximus and joined the folks of Occupy Rome.  I’m not sure if that’s the official name;  I knew of them for the urban gardening experiments (Zappatta Romana and Orti Erranti), Primavera Romana and for the activism to defend Rome’s public water supply, but the association with the global Occupy movement is self-evident.  General Assembly circle, tents, a community set up respectfully of the public space it occupies, re-use and recycling throughout.  This is the kind of prototype for an alternative system that my friend Douglas Rushkoff blogged about recently.

I have extreme respect for these people and want to spread the word.  Visitors to Rome, residents, neighbors, drop by at mealtime and have a plate of pasta (leave a voluntary donation and wash your own dishes).  Bring things that might be useful: water containers, dishes, photovoltaic cells (they have no electricity), furniture, camp stuff.  Find out if there’s a way to volunteer in the garden.

Spread the word that Rome is not all tour buses and pessimistic Italians.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 30, 2011 13:28

    Hey, interesting article for a stranger! Giulia from Primavera Romana and I work on a comunal container garden in Ex-Snia. We started this summer with the container garden of Fritz Haeg, when he left Rome to continue his Edible Estates project in Istanbul. Come find us on sunday morning!


  2. Tom Rankin permalink*
    November 30, 2011 14:12

    I’ll try to bike out there one of these days. This Spring I’m planning to take my design students out the the Forte Prenestino and maybe we can include a stop at the Ex Snia.
    Good for Fritz for bringing his garden “down from the hill”


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