A vibrant crowd of farmers, growers, food communities and rural development agencies gathered in Greece last week, for this year’s European Rural Sustainability Gathering.
GROW team members Oliver Moore, Nikos Vrantsis and myself [Pavlos Georgiadis, Ed.] attended this inspiring event which was organised by Forum Synergies. Forum Synergies is an international network bringing together citizens and associations engaged in local sustainable practices throughout Europe. On the ground, support was provided by Greek grassroots initiatives.
Seventy participants from eighteen European countries joined this year’s gathering to discuss issues related to the social economy, farmer cooperatives and bottom up initiatives and networks in Greece’s rural areas.
What was most exciting about this engaging and dynamic event was how civil society at its best was on display, forging solutions in the face of multiple crises.
Even as access to funding and support becomes more and more difficult, we saw how — especially in Greece where the need is great — collective investment, networked ecosystems and commons management are on the rise.
[Photo by rizitis | Flickr]