"Horta à Porta"

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Although Greater Porto already has some home composting projects, educational kitchen gardens and organic farming, their dissemination and access are still very limited, so Lipor has launched the "Horta à Porta" project in an attempt to optimize space, information and the means that exist in this region.

The project emerged in July 2003 and it met the need for interaction between several local entities, in order to define a strategy for Greater Porto in terms of home composting, the creation of kitchen gardens and promotion of organic farming. This initiative creates useful and dynamic green spaces, promotes biodiversity and good agricultural practices, like home composting and organic farming, and also fosters the contact with nature, quality of life, subsistence and social responsibility. 

Our aim is to provide 25 m2 plots to citizens that wish to practice organic farming and composting. In addition to the plot, future farmers also get training on organic farming (for amateurs!). 

The products they cultivate are destined for their own consumption, water and tool storage space are provided. An individual composter or community composter is also provided. 

The "Horta à Porta" project has currently 46 kitchen gardens in different locations and involves 28 partners, including:

  • Lipor (itself)
  • União de Freguesias de (Parish Councils of) Aldoar, Foz do Douro e Nevogilde
  • Junta de Freguesia de (Parish Councils of) S. Pedro de Rates 
  • União de Freguesias de (Parish Councils of) Aver-o-Mar, Amorim e Terroso
  • União de Freguesias de (Parish Councils of) Custóias, Leça do Balio e Guifões
  • Junta de Freguesia de (Parish Councils of) Vairão
  • Junta de Freguesia de (Parish Councils of) Fajozes
  • Junta de Freguesia de (Parish Councils of) Ermesinde
  • União de Freguesias de (Parish Councils of) Gondomar, Valbom e Jovim
  • Câmara Municipal de (Municipality of) Matosinhos
  • Câmara Municipal da (Municipality of) Maia
  • Câmara Municipal do (Municipality of) Porto
  • Câmara Municipal de (Municipality of) Espinho
  • Câmara Municipal de (Municipality of) Gondomar
  • Câmara Municipal de (Municipality of) Valongo
  • Centro Terapêutico do (Therapeutic Community of) Meilão 
  • Albergues Noturnos do Porto (Porto Night Shelters), 
  • TECMAIA (Maia Technology and Sciences Park), 
  • CICCOPN (Vocational Training Centre), 
  • ALADI (Lavra's Association for the Intellectually Disabled), 
  • Social da Sé Catedral do Porto (Social institution of porto Cathedral) 
  • ACISJF (International Catholic Association at the Service of Feminine Youth) 
  • Espaço Municipal da Maia (Maia Municipality Company) 
  • COHAEMATO (Housing cooperative) 
  • APPACDM (Portuguese Association of Parents and Friends of the Mental Disabled)
  • InComunidade (Cooperative of Social Solidarity)
  • Centro Social de Ermesinde (Ermesinde Social Centre)
  • Santa Casa da Misericórdia do Porto (Porto holy house of mercy)

The "Horta à Porta" project provides a total of 1466 plots, most of them in urban areas. Almost 10,26ha of organic farming that bears in mind environmental and social issues. 

We want to guarantee that everyone has the possibility to cultivate their own kitchen garden, contributing to a better product quality, health and environment.

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