Nonnet is a regional plan conceived with Legambiente for environmental training that promote the use of computer in urban areas of the Campania Region
Legambiente Campania Onlus and Fondazione Mondo Digitale are promoting “NONNET: digitalized city vegetable gardens”, a regional public awareness campaign for agricultural training in urban areas in which computers are used to help people cultivate city vegetable patches throughout the Campania Region. Legambiente, together with the schools, has already set up veritable teaching laboratories throughout the region in the context of a territorial renewal program. The “1000 vegetable gardens for Campania” project consists, in fact, in loaning city land free of charge to retired citizens who can cultivate them for their own use together with school students.
At these vegetable gardens, alongside the “crops” and the training in gardening provided, Ortoline online space is set up dedicated to the exchange of farming and lifestyle experiences and consultation in the best cultivation methods. Both students in Campania Region schools and the elderly can receive training via web (also through podcasts, videos, etc.) in the most successful and innovative organic farming techniques and share their knowledge with others connected in the network in much the same way as in the “Grandparents on the Internet” intergenerational learning model.
The Ortoline space set up is displayed on laptops and/or fixed computers with wi-fi Internet connections, and the “lessons” are held both directly at the gardens and at the IT classrooms in the schools, enabling the students and the elderly to apply their knowledge acquired through digital means to practical benefit in the vegetable gardens.
At the end of every season, the Manual of agricultural awareness is drafted in collaboration with local agricultural colleges and with a contribution from the Associazione italiana per l’agricoltura biologica (AIAB)/Italian Organic Farming Association.
The educational contents of the manual, available both online and in paper form consist of:
- Organic farming techniques and new technologies
- Safe, high-quality products: guidelines for producers and consumers
- Territory, tradition, and community (real and virtual)
- The digitalized educational vegetable garden
- The therapeutic function of gardening for the young and the old (social organic farming)
The “NONNET: digitalized city vegetable gardens” project is also extended to the various city vegetable gardens managed by Legambiente starting from three pilot gardens:
- the Pontecagnano-Faiano eco-archeological park (Salerno)
- the Eboli city vegetable garden - Località Sant’Antonio (Salerno)
- the vegetable gardens in Casale di Teverolaccio in Succivo (Caserta)