Agroecology, tradition and rural identity
For several years the Redueña City Council has been betting clearly on agroecology. To the point that Redueña is a founding partner of the Inter-municipal Association Red TERRAE, where the objective is to create new employment and life opportunities for rural territories, in addition to promoting and developing actions to recover the rural landscape and the conservation of biodiversity. agrarian
The “Edible Arboretum – Hoya del Enebral”, inaugurated in 2014 by the City of Redueña, is an ideal place to disseminate and publicize the cultural and natural heritage of our people space.
We invite you to visit the arboretum Foodstuff through an entertaining tourist-environmental itinerary adapted to blind people within the framework of the network of trails designed Redueña. This space is located west of town, on Via Pecuaria Hoya del Enebral, and connects two of the main trails of the municipality: “Senda for all” (interpretive trail of Mediterranean forests) and urban route “Cultural Route”.
The edible arboretum is a place for recreation, walking and relaxation, a place to learn and share culture and knowledge to the field, open to taste and experimenting with new flavors and traditional cuisine contributing to the nearby fruit and vegetables.
It is a garden with species whose fruits, flowers and leaves provide food throughout the year. It is open to anyone who wants to participate in the process of seeding, weeding and harvesting.
The arboretum is divided into three main areas: a forest of fruit , south, where you can find vines, jujubes, pears, pomegranates, fig trees, apple trees, cherry trees, cherry trees, hazel trees, lime trees, blueberries, apricots, plums, quinces, arbutus , Gojis and elderberry; one crop area designed in deep terraces for garden and edible flowers and destined to host the meeting point for the enjoyment community and a zone of fruit trees and shrubs as Marian thistles, fennels, nettles, salvia, hawthorn, thyme, rosemary , oregano, marigolds; and composting area dedicated to the use of organic waste to produce organic food that is alive and appetizing need space for their food and your ride.
The arboretum was funded by the Community of Madrid and co-financed by the City of Redueña, the European Regional Development Fund and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment.
Since 2013, our town is celebrated in the month of September Contest “Orchard baskets” , open to anyone who has a garden in Redueña or have been part of some of the training activities of Agroecology developed by the TERRAE network and to present a basket with produce from the garden, provided they have been produced in the form agroecological.
This contest is part of the Territorial Development Strategy Territories Reserve Agroecologicos, commissioning Redueña City Council. The intent of this strategy is to promote the development of environmental activities that encourage recovery and conservation of biodiversity and agricultural landscape rural, agrarian culture, environmental education and food quality.
The “baskets Huerta” is posed by the council every year, with a number of objectives, among which are:
- Contribute to the recovery and conservation of traditional agrarian culture, through cultivation and know-how popular through activities that make sustainable natural resources, increase biological soil biodiversity and promote local consumption of traditional products orchard.
- Encourage a meeting between handicraft and agro-ecological gardeners creating an enabling environment for the exchange of knowledge and experience space.
- Promote local horticultural products, produced using traditional and / or organic, using traditional methods with the environment.
- Encourage citizen participation in sustainable development.
- Promote environmental education in the municipality.
- Establish and assess the relationship between the natural environment and traditional agricultural activities.
- Facilitate direct contact and manipulation of elements such as land, water and products, through training actions for cultivation.
- Promote the acquisition of values that help conserve biodiversity, local agricultural landscape, and traditional and indigenous species and horticultural varieties.
Redueña has a Social and Community Gardens , located northeast of the village, along the road leading to the cemetery. These gardens are part of a local development strategy promoted by the Intermunicipal Association Agroecologicos Reserve Territories (Red TERRAE).
These gardens were created with the intention of contributing to the promotion of agricultural production, with an ecological profile as an alternative food security could support socio-economic processes in the municipality. To this end, a proposal for a model that includes social, productive and educational aspects was developed.
The TERRAE Red represents all stakeholders, whether private or public, to promote sustainable development and biodiversity through specific actions in the field of agriculture, through neighborhood initiatives and social and educational projects.
To this end, it has created a land bank without current use, which are offered by municipalities, such as Redueña, with the aim of promoting initiatives in this line, giving these areas an educational socio-agro-ecological purpose and
Together with social gardens there is also a communal roost . This chicken coop was built on the premise that keep different families, which are responsible for feeding and maintaining the henhouse once a week, staying in return with some organic eggs and quality. To feed the chickens mainly families bring leftovers home.
Furthermore, hens droppings compost is created to fertilize orchards, in a process called avicompostaje.
This space is included within the scope of action of the municipality of Redueña, which has a network of agricultural, public and private spaces for the cultivation of traditional orchards.
Orchards and other social spaces, as this communal roost, are intended to encourage the practice of Agricultural Traditional Culture, through the recovery and conservation of indigenous vegetable varieties, good ecological practices for growing orchard.