Mirella Ferraz

Mirella coordinates the Network of Wellbeing‘s community work in Totnes, U.K., where she’s helped set up the Share Shed – A Library of Things and regular Community Potlucks, as well as organise a ShareFest to promote and celebrate all things related to sharing, making, repairing and swapping. Mirella did her MSc in Holistic Science at Schumacher College, which among many things, allowed her to further explore the relationship between music and social transformation. Previously, whilst studying Forestry Engineering in Brazil, her home country, she worked on various projects related to environmental education, waste reduction and sustainable management of tropical forest. One of her favourite quotes is “The miracle is this: the more we share, the more we have,” by Leonard Nimoy.

No LImits Cafe

Food powers change: This café shows inclusivity has “No Limits”

In the small town of Newton Abbot, England sits a cafe on Sherborne Road. No Limits Community Café & Hub is an restaurant offering quality locally-sourced food at an affordable price. What makes them special is that they also help to change lives and empower communities by employing those with disabilities and additional needs.

April 18, 2022

Los Angeles Seed Library

Seed saving and sharing key to a grassroots food revolution

Seed sharing has become a global phenomenon that can secure diverse and nutritious food for generations to come. We can all learn how to do it, too.

August 12, 2021

Mobile Library of Things

World’s First Mobile Library of Things is on its Way

Share Shed is a Library of Things in Totnes, in the southwest of England, where over 350 items are available for members of the project to borrow at a nominal fee. After watching many people coming in from nearby villages and towns to borrow equipment they didn’t require regularly, Share Shed coordinators began to think about creating a mobile version of the project.

January 31, 2020

Workshop for older men around cooking

Project Diverts Food Waste to Feed Those in Need

Seven years ago, two sustainable horticulture students took a field trip to an organic farm in the U.K. and were shocked to see cauliflowers left in the field due to their irregular shape or size. In reaction, they founded Food in Community, which aims to tackle food waste, food poverty, and social isolation in Totnes, England, by connecting producers with food banks and other distributors.

July 31, 2019


How a Restaurant Born at the Olympics has Strengthened the “Social Gastronomy” Movement

Food has this unique power to connect us all, and the table is that magic field where we can look to each other, eye level, no matter our backgrounds, and allow the magic of dialogue to happen,” said Mariana Vilhena, Gastromotiva’s communication and marketing director. “Social gastronomy is all about this.”

February 22, 2019