Thanks to the RAISE Youth project, the co-financing of the EEA and Norway Grants and the implementation by the Municipality of Casarrubuelos, the First Vermiculture DEMO Center in Europe has been established in Casarrubuelos (Madrid – Spain): a collaborative green center of circular economy with a surface of 2450m2, to promote experimentation and dissemination of innovative agro-environmental activities.
Support for young entrepreneurs
From RAISE Youth Casarrubuelos, young entrepreneurs are supported through free training and mentoring on business issues.Our training courses for Youths are focus on green subjects and take place at the RAISE DEMO Center of Casarrubuelos, benchmark in the area in terms of organic waste recycling through composting and vermicomposting.
Having as main objective not only to give support and qualified training to young peopleto help them become entrepreneurs or improve their employability in general, but also to do it from an environmentally friendly approach, seeking to contribute to get a new kind of entrepreneurs more respectful with our environment and natural resources.
Looking for a better environment
There is no Planet B, so citizens, entrepreneurs and companies should be more aware of our environment issues, being consistent in the way we act: we can all help to curb the environmental problems of our planet.
The RAISE DEMO Center of Casarrubuelos is a collaborative space in ‘green subjects’ for idea generation and networking, where young people can increase both their training and abilities in sustainable and environmental subjectssuch as: composting, vermicomposting, gardening, urban gardens, etc. and their network of contacts. In addition, the ideas contributed by the members of the community are collected, promoted and put into practice.
Our trained young people want to become successful entrepreneurs who respect the environment. Some examples of this new and valuable type of entrepreneurs -so necessary for a better environmental future-, trained at RAISE Youth Casarrubuelos are:
‘TERRA GASTRO TABERNA’: TAKING CARE OF THE PLANET FROM THE KITCHEN.
Eating is a pleasure… but it should also be an act of environmental responsibility. Nowadays, a sustainable way of understanding gastronomy and catering is becoming more and more important: restaurants that respect the natural environment, that take care of the origin of their food and the local commerce, recycle and separate waste, save energy and recycle materials, continuously train and value their workers, etc. These conditions define sustainable restaurants, the next gastronomic revolution.Among them it is the “Terra Gastro Taberna” in Casarrubuelos.
‘PUNTA DE FLECHA VITICULTURA’: RECOVERING ABANDONED VINEYARDS through strict ecology.
Abandoned vineyards of small villages of Madrid -with an average age of 70 years- are being recovered through strict ecology by ‘Punta De Flecha Viticultura’: a young entrepreneurial and environmental wine and vineyard project. Different varieties of natural wine are made without using any chemicals at any stage – an option that more and more winegrowers are opting for. Customers are becoming more and more socially aware and are looking for quality wines that are produced in a way that respects the ecosystem.
YOUNGSTERS COMMITTED TO FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE BY RECYCLING THE ORGANIC WASTE FROM THEIR MUNICIPALITIES.
Youngsters from the Madrid municipality of Villa del Prado, knowing about the environmental and urban organic waste recycling work carried out at the RAISE DEMO Center in Casarrubuelos, have participated in several of the composting and vermicomposting RAISE Youth trainings in Casarrubuelos with the intention of implementing a similar initiative for the recycling of the organic waste of their municipalityusing these two environmental techniques. They have also presented their own environmental project to their local governments and established their business project with the support of RAISE Youth Casarrubuelos.
YOUNG PEOPLE FROM CASARRUBUELOS CULTIVATE THEIR OWN URBAN GARDENS: BARTERING PRODUCE TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE
Young people from Casarrubuelos and their families harvest and exchange their own vegetables in the urban gardens for the young people of the RAISE DEMO Centre in Casarrubuelos. These facilities are a collaborative space for the exchange of experiences, resources, knowledge and their own vegetable production to enrich the whole community.
The bartering of products encourages responsible consumption and zero waste, eliminates the distribution chain and the emission of greenhouse gases that would be caused by trade with third party producers. It also makes it possible for the whole community to enjoy a wide variety of top quality organic seasonal vegetables, which are produced without the use of pesticides and within the community. All these factors help us to consume in a more sustainable and environmentally friendly way, while at the same time fighting climate change.
At RAISE Youth Casarrubuelos we are proud to carry out green training courses under the precepts of the Circular Economy oriented to the respect of our environment.