The Terra Nova Community is a settlement created in 1995 by the Brazilian National Agrarian Reform Program to serve 102 families, located in the interior of the municipality of Russas – Ceará and approximate 41km from the municipality of Morada Nova.
At the beginning of the community, the families were landless rural workers, where the vast majority worked on land as sharecroppers or individual land tenants, all they managed to produce was for the support of the family.
Some families came from large urban centers like Fortaleza, Morada Nova and Quixadá where they faced a lack of jobs, housing and they were exposed to the crime influenced environment of the slums in those cities.
About 40 families came to live in canvas shacks and 09 families lived in a single farmhouse that later became the community center. For many months they had no access to clean water, toilets, schools, transportation.
As the community was made up of families that were below the poverty line, all food production (maize, beans and cassava) in the early years was only for the subsistence of families and some shared the little they managed to produce with others who had not produced nothing or almost nothing.