Six companies, active in the agricultural, tourist-receptive and “green” economic sectors, engaged in the construction of a social, economic, labor and structural area, based on criteria of environmental and social responsibility and of contrasting the existing inequalities. This is “Le Terre di Confine”, a network of companies that aims to collaborate, exchange information and knowledge, engage in common activities, experiment and do research. All the municipalities of Bevera, Roja and Nervia and all the municipalities bordering with France (Ventimiglia, Olivetta San Michele, Airole, Dolceacqua, Rocchetta Nervina, Pigna and Triora).
The way in which this new impetus for each area is sought for time passes through the increase of agricultural production, ecological tourism, the protection of the territory, the promotion of energy efficiency with a low environmental impact and the promotion of research.
Every activity of the network is based on the utmost attention to full ethical, social, economic and environmental sustainability.
Azienda Agricola Cristina Medici
The company grows aloe arborescens, and many varieties of succulent plants, in the hamlet of Torri. Aloe (“miracle plant”) grows in areas far from any pollution and is suitable for therapeutic and healthy purposes. Plants and leaves are on sale at the Mercato Coperto (Box n.3), and the company also offers the “Frothato di Padre Zago”, produced in the store “I Sapori della Tavola”. He played a key role in the establishment of the Creatorri strong> Association, which works to revitalize the Val Bevera.
Società Cooperativa Ture Nirvane
It manages the hospitality center of the Torri Superiore Evovillage, owned by the Cultural Association, created in the medieval village once abandoned. He deals with ecological tourism and training, information and cultural promotion in the field of environmental and socila sustainability. The holiday home offers comfortable rooms, dining rooms, a library, a spacious lounge panoramic for conferences and meetings and a restaurant with healthy, organic and family cuisine.
Spes Società Cooperativa Sociale
Founded by the Spes Association (relatives and friends of disabled people), the cooperative has as its fields of intervention social agriculture and catering. The central commitment is the path of social-work inclusion of people with disabilities: twelve disabled cultivate in the greenhouses in Varase local organic products, then transformed into cooking workshops (Casa Famiglia Il Sorriso and Social Center of Roverino) in which another thirteen operate boys. The products are sold in the self-managed shop, and vegetables at school canteens.
Azienda Agricola Wilna Benso
Founded in 1937, the company Wilna Benso represents the continuity of three generations but also the ability to adapt to changes in the market, starting collaborations and synergies with the territory and its realities. After the horticultural activity, the company moved to the production of cuttings of carnations and then of geraniums and cyclamens. The most recent step was the construction of integrated photovoltaic systems, water recovery, zero km agriculture and closed cycles.
Azienda Agricola Wilna Benso di Gianni Ballestra
Località Varase, Ventimiglia
Le Api di Airole
The company practices sustainable beekeeping in the uncontaminated environment of the West thanks to the precious work of the black bee, an autochthonous natural hybrid. Flying up to 3 km away, the Bees of Airole collect “the essence of the territory” from the blooms of rosemary, thyme, heather, lavender, bramble, chestnut, strawberry tree. The fruits are the excellent honey and fresh pollen, food, supplement and stimulator of the immune system. The great gift of the bees, however, is the pollination and maintenance of the biodiversity of the territory.
Le Api di Airole – Soc. agricola semplice
Piazza Ss Filippo e Giacomo 12, Airole
Ortinsieme, born in 2010, is a “community” form of economy, started with the recovery of three abandoned greenhouses and with the reconversion in the collective vegetable garden. Experienced farmers and other beginners take part in the activity and at the end of each day the crop is divided. Ortinsieme is also a Solidarity Purchase Group and a cultural association; one area is dedicated to conferences, school visits and theater. The association is not a member of the network but acts as a control body.
Via privata dei Gerani 6, Ventimiglia