Origins of the Commune
Comuna Amarildo has an urban history in its struggle for land. The group initially had 80 families. They occupied an area on the banks of the SC-401 highway, which connects the north of the island of Santa Catarina, an area between some of the expensive beach communities in Florianópolis (SC). They were evicted from the site in February 2014 and started to occupy other areas of the greater Florianópolis metropolitan region, until the Institute of Colonization and Agrarian Reform (INCRA) granted a plot of 140 hectares in the municipality of Águas Mornas (SC), 36 km from Florianópolis. After the conquest of the land, the battle now is to remain on the land. Of the 80 families, in 2018 only 6 families remained on the site.
Comuna Amarildo de Souza collaborates with several entities, such as the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC) and draw on support from CEPAGRO , which in turn also supports nearby traditional communities, such as the Tekoá V'ya Community . The Ecovida Network of Agroecology also supported the Commune in the transition to agroecology and agroecological certification. Commune members also have roots with the MST.
"We are here to produce food and not commodities"
Pepe - Agricultor Agroecológico
The Center for Studies and Promotion of Group Agriculture is an agroecological organization that establishes connections between countryside, city and the academic community.