This paper brings to light a depiction of Milan made of small areas connected with the theme of urban agriculture and ‘spaces to care for’ within the city. They are projects of different types which have in common the idea of connecting the practice of cultivation with the construction of shared life paths. Thinking which interprets horticulture as a device for ‘cultivating others’ is therefore central here. It is a system for social promotion and inclusion, an instrument to practice forms of dissent, a platform for strengthening bonds, a common space for everyday life. In this sense the English community gardens defi nition, which although it places a perhaps excessive emphasis on community aspects, seems apparently more appropriate for referring to this type of experience connected with forms of social participation and a new relationship with the local community.
Keywords: Community garden; urban allotment; Milan