Occupying the garden
HOCCA (Organic Garden of the Center for Agricultural Sciences) emerged on the campus of the Center for Agricultural Sciences of the Federal University of Santa Catarina - UFSC. HOCCA’s purpose was to provide students with the opportunity to learn agroecological principles and techniques. The vacant space on campus was occupied by students without authorization from university management. Later, the initiative's leaders managed to make the “occupation” sanctioned by university as an official extension project in 2015.
" The idea was to claim this space
from the CCA Campus that was idle "
Jefferson - student of Agronomy at UFSC
HOCCA ended its activities as an extension project in October 2019. The lack of organizational and philosophical compatibility were the causes pointed out as causes for the closure of activities. Even so, the project contributed to an evolution of the pedagogical practice of urban agriculture at the university. Below the figures provide a dimension of this contribution.
Between March 2016 and May 2019, 17 workshops were facilitated through the HOCCA with a total audience of 345 people.
HOCCA in numbers
60 students involved in collective farm work and maintenance.
868 kg of food
868 kilos of food delivered to the CCA university restaurant over a 3-year period.
703 people visited
703 people participated in visits to observe and learn about the gardening practices.
Source: official communiqué on the closure of activities published in the project's profiles on social networks. Link in the Credits section
1043 people reached
The HOCCA extension project reached 1043 people over a 3-year period. Between technical visits, workshops and academics involved in practical activities.
Florianópolis has many urban gardens. Some are private, others are communal. These garden spaces are the part of a web of relationships that extend from the city into the countryside.