In accordance with the multifunctional farms model, social farming activities are useful instruments to maintain sustainable competitive advantages in certain areas, as these made-to-order services are able to satisfy the needs declared and/or hidden of local communities. The authors claim that social farming activities can be a model of sustainable development for local communities through the construction of an effective relationships network that is able to involve the interested actors within the complex process of social services delivery. The Social Network Analysis has been used to measure the relationships created by the agrisocial farms belonging to a periurban area. The results show effectiveness of relationships network and an good level of cross sector collaboration among local actors. This relationships network is able to contributes also to local development.
Keywords: Multifunctionality, SNA, rururban area, integration, territory, welfare