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EUROPEAN ASSEMBLY 2019

Dear Stars,
You are invited to join the European assembly of Reclaim the Fields 2019, which will take place close to Firenze, Italy, between 5th and 10th february 2019. The meeting will be hosted by collective Mondeggi.

About the assembly

The  assemblies happen every year during winter. Generally they bring together people active in RTF constellation, but everybody is welcome. 
The last European Assembly happened in February 2018 in Tarn, France, and was hosted by the collective Rocalet.
You can check the last Reclaim the Fields Bulletin, with all the notes from the meeting, here https://reclaimthefields.org/?page_id=31
The goals of the assembly are:

– meet and exchange information amongst the stars and local groups since last year;
– exchange and debate on themes that matters to us across Europe and beyond;
– to see where we are at with our European Reclaim the Fields constellation: what was decided last year, for what results, what we need to do to continue, and what future plans we have;
– offer support to the local group that hosts the meeting;
– to have fun and build relationships between us
– party on saturday night at the squat nEXt Emerson!!!

Here is a pad where we startet to collect a program: https://lite.framacalc.org/rtf2019AssemblySchedule. Feel free to add propositions directly in this table or by contacting us. Anyway, don t forget to email us (contactrtf@riseup.net) so we get more details and can contact you if we have any questions.

Local context

Mondeggi is a farm owned by the Metropolitan City of Florence (former Province) and runned by a private enterprise until 2009, when the enterprise failed leaving 1,5 milion euros of debts.
In 2013 was born the committee Terra Bene Comune (Land common good) that involves paesants, students, people interested in food sovereignty, etc, with the attempt to help young people to find lands to grow food according to agroecological principles.
In 2014 the committee decide to occupy Mondeggi, settle a community and a start an experimentation of alternative living,  organic farming, popular education, alternative markets, etc.
Nowadays there are around 20 peoples living in the farm, 200 peoples taking care of part of the olive trees and vegetable gardens and around 40 peoples supporting at different levels the project.
The main productions are: olive oil, wine, honey, bread, beer, herbal remedies, saffron, vegetables, sooner of later we’ll also have fruits.

to learn more: Mondeggibenecomune.noblogs.org

 

Practical info

In terms of accommodation, there will be space for around 50 people in the dormitories, some heated and others not. There will also be small sleeping spaces for more specific needs. Warm clothes sleeping bags and headlight are recommended. There is space for camping outside and spaces to park vehicles.
More practical info will be sent closer to the assembly.
We provide the food, and let you use the electicity, showers and heating… Which will be paid back by your free-price participation.
pets: the best is if they would stay at their home as we have dogs, cats, chickens and ducks (chickens and ducks during the day are free and walk around the farm).
Mondeggi is also a place where many locals come to do jogging, cycling and walking around with their dogs, so in the past we already had problems related to our dogs.
(they were running in group of 5 or 6 barking against the passers-by …not very nice… now the situation is better but we wouldn’t like to repeat)

How to participate

We’re still searching for people from the working groups, who could present their work and maybe start/facilitate a discussion about it or get organized during the assembly and share the tasks for the upcoming year.
The Saturday (9th of February) we will spend in Next EMERSON in Florence. There will be a public seed exchange and a presentation of rural struggles with a little exhibition connected to the presentation. For this we still need people who are willing to present something or bring (or send us) infomaterial for the exhibition. Please contact us as soon as possible if you can support us in any of these tasks (contactrtf[at]riseup.net).
Furthermore it would be great if you could bring seeds for the seed exchange and food for the event in general. 

How to reach Mondeggi

By car: highway A1->exit Firenze sud direction SP127-> exit direction Ponte a ema/Greve/Siena->follow the indications for Grassina, when you’ ll arrive downtown turn left direction San Polo, then turn left direction   Villa di Mondeggi and take the (dirt) road on the right.
Junction FI-SI(Firenze-Siena)-> exit Firenze Impruneta-> take the A1 to Firenze-Pisa Nord->exit Firenze Sud direction SP127->exit Ponte a ema/Greve/Siena->follow the indications for Grassina, when you’ ll arrive downtown turn left direction San Polo, then turn left direction   Villa di Mondeggi and take the (dirt) road on the right.
By bus: from Firenze ‘Santa Maria Novella’ (train station), go to ‘Piazza San Marco’ (by walk or by bus) and get the bus 32 to ‘Antella’, get off at the last stop and then take ‘Via di Pulliciano’, walk 30 minutes up till the sign ‘Via di Mondeggi’, follow the road till the hangar.
Car sharing:
here below you got the link to share a ride (heither offering or taking)to Mondeggi.
Write OFFRO if you offer or CERCO if you’re searching for someone to give you a lift,place of depart,name, phone number in the case of the day and the time you prefer!

Registration form

If you or your group will join the assembly please fill in the Registration Form. This is very important for the people that do the organisation, so that everything will be prepared good when participants arrive. If you have any suggestion for the program, there will be a special place in the form where you can let us know in advance about it.

Contact

Please spread this invitation to the stars in your region, or people who might be interrested 
Contact the carrots at contactrtf@riseup.net if you have any question.

 

 

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