Thurnfeld Community-Supported Agriculture

Nominated 2022

Country: Austria

Region: Tyrol

Sector: Civil Society / Social Economy

Fields of action: Unemployment, Awareness raising, Addiction

Project owner: Verein Emmaus Innsbruck

Responsible person: Benedikt Zecha

Website: Weblink


Emmaus clients – unemployed and homeless people recovering from addiction – face limited opportunities for community activities and interaction. Female clients, as well as clients with limited physical capacities and mental crises, do not have access to stable work to engage with others.


Thurnfeld Community-Support Agriculture by Emmaus supports and connects our clients to the public through community-supported agriculture (CSA). The CSA offers sustainable, small-scale farming and provides diverse, dignified activities for Emmaus clients and the public to come together as
a harvest community while working together on the land. 


Emmaus clients (homeless people recovering from addiction and unemployed people), employees, and the public work together at the CSA. The project redefines social hierarchies and market-driven economic norms through fostering collaboration and space for collective learning as a community.


Marginalised communities redefine their social roles by sharing their expertise while working side by side with volunteers on the field. The CSA provides space for meaningful, dignified work under an economic model of solidarity. 


The project’s solidary financial model for social, economic, and environmental co-existence can be flexibly transferred to other contexts and regions. The project also provides spaces for bringing together diverse people and life experiences together in the community. The project and its community-supported economic model can be applied to non-agricultural programmes.