The Italian based Social Farming National Forum [ Forum Nazionale Agricoltura Sociale (FNAS) ] is a non-profit organization founded in 2011 with the aim to represent and promote the values and principles of Social Farming (SF) both in Italy and Europe.
The Forum is the platform where the pluralities of Social Farming (SF) experiences meet; these include all the realities and practices that use agriculture as a mechanism to support disadvantaged people towards employment and in belonging to a healthy social fabric. Members of The Forum are farms, social cooperatives, host communities, associations of families, experts, academia and people from the non-profit and social-health sector.
The cross-cutting nature of The Forum promotes integration of the different cultures and social, agricultural, health, training and work matters while considering SF as the expression of innovation of the agricultural system and of the Welfare policies of the country.
The Forum promoted the creation of a SF Community of practice and represents the experience of SF at national and regional level. Forum is a notational network structured in regional Forum.
The Forum since its inception started a dialogue with both the Italian Members of National Parliament and its Regional representatives giving its support and contribution towards the legislative process that stemmed into the National Law on Social Farming (Law n. 141/2015).
The Forum is a member of the “National Observatory for Social Farming” established in accordance with the above mentioned law.
The Forum has adopted a Chart signed by all members which sets the values and principles that inspire the Forums’ activities The SF Card is the founding document of the Forum
The Social farming National Forum, a member of the European Union funded Think Tank (SITT) developed the project H2020 that addresses Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas (SIMRA). The Think Tank (SITT) of SIMRA consists of the Scientific Advisory Board and the Stakeholder Involvement Board.
Why social farming?
“Social Farming aims to reunify needs, identities, safeguards and instances of freedom for all citizens, regardless of their abilities. In this the value of work not only as personal income, but also as a fundamental element of an inclusive society…”
Card of Principles of National Forum of Social Farming1