Mondeggi, a common of farmers

The Mondeggi experience began in 2014, to prevent the sale to private individuals of a property of the Province of Florence, of about 200 hectares, for sale because it was in deficit. The committee Terra Bene Comune of Florence started a public initiative to recover the farm, destined to a progressive degradation, not only of the cultivated part, but also of the farmhouses and a monumental villa. In order to give solidity and recognizability to the experience, the Charter of Principles and Intentions was approved and meetings were organized in the territory and recreational events in the area of the farm, to bring people back to live Mondeggi and rebuild emotional ties to the inhabitants of the surroundings. On October 14, 2014 the auction of the last attempt of the Province for the sale of the farm was unattended, and the farm passed under the administration of the Metropolitan City of Florence. The citizens involved in the care of the farm began to urge the Municipality of Bagno a Ripoli – where Mondeggi is located – and other local bodies to develop a shared project for the future of the farm as a Commons, to be presented to the Metropolitan City. Over the years, the experience was consolidated and the institutions (the Municipality of Bagno a Ripoli and the Metropolitan City) are evaluating how to officially recognize it.

Follow the interview with Roberto Checcucci, member of the Community of Mondeggi.

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