In this section, we show you the various types of educational activities that have been carried out in relation to the garden. These activities can range from the development of different gardens, observation and follow-up of work being done on them as well as the organization of workshops which deal with the complementary aspects of plants and their various uses, food, garden waste material, etc.

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  • 70 Teachers Attend the Workshop "The Garden in the School Curriculum " at Escuela Hogar del Niño in La Romana
    70 Teachers Attend the Workshop "The Garden in the School Curriculum " at Escuela Hogar del Niño in La Romana

    La Romana, August 9, 2016

    Ecohuertos moved last August 5 to the Escuela Hogar del Niño de la Romana to teach the course-workshop “The Garden in the School Curriculum” which is part of the series of workshops scheduled during the start of the new school year, addressed to teachers of academic institutions, introducing the vegetable garden as a field of cognitive development, attitudes and values within the curriculum.

    As explained by the EcoHuertos program coordinator, the Escuela Hogar del Niño "showed once again to be integrated by a professorial population of human quality, cheerful, dynamic and optimistic people." More than 70 teachers participated animatedly on this journey of learning-teaching-sharing that took place throughout the morning and early afternoon.

    To begin, there was a discussion on the concept of the garden construction: definition, benefits, purposes, types, vegetables, planting, care and maintenance of the garden. Then we proceeded to planning activities, dynamics and projects for the students, where the school garden can be the field of management of cognitive development, attitudes and values. To conclude for the day, activities proposed by teachers were defined, under Fundamental and Specific skills in the Dominican Curricular Design.

    At the end of the activity, teachers expressed how grateful and motivated they were to have received this training, since within the center's projects for the 2016-2017 school year is expanding the garden and including the initial level in the activity.

    The coordinator of early childhood education Aura Rodriguez said: "I am very motivated and grateful for this training and as a coordinator I have seen the prosperity of the garden we have in school thanks to the awareness campaign and assessment, and follow-up support and training that GFDD and Funglode offers. "

    About EcoHuertos The program seeks to support the creation of organic and sustainable vegetable gardens in schools and communities throughout the Dominican Republic, as well as support, through hands-on workshops, the areas of natural sciences contained in the educational curriculum. The program also generates awareness of the importance of a balanced diet, achieving a greater appreciation for and receptiveness toward the consumption of vegetables.

    Related Links: 

    www.eco-huertos.org 

    www.globalfoundationdd.org

     

  • New Vegetable Garden at Centro Educativo Jardín del Saber
    New Vegetable Garden at Centro Educativo Jardín del Saber

    Centro Educativo Jardín del Saber, with the support of the GFDD program EcoHuertos, is taking the first steps to create its own organic garden. On April 10, a total of six students accompanied by the director of the school, a member of the community, and the carpenter and his assistant began the construction of an urban roof garden.

    After cleaning and conditioning the area, participants recycled pallets, collected by students and teachers among the community’s merchants, to create palisades. Also old tires and plastic bottles were reused.

    Thus ended the first stage of creation of the roof garden in La Zurza, and Cristiana Cruz Minier, program coordinator, announced that on May 1 the work would be completed.

  • Children in Hato Nuevo Work with Dedication on their School Vegetable Garden
    Children in Hato Nuevo Work with Dedication on their School Vegetable Garden

    Santo Domingo, March 9, 2016

    On February 23, 2016, Cristiana Cruz Minier, coordinator of the EcoHuertos program, visited the Eco Garden of Escuela Básica Concepción Bona for a sowing session.

    Fourth and fifth graders, members of the Eco Huertos group, helped by three teachers and the gardener, started by cleaning and weeding the school vegetable garden and then removing the soil from the planting beds. Later on planting seedlings of peppers, tomato, common lettuce, romaine, flat-leave parsley, cabbage, onion, and curly parsley seeds.

    The Dialogic Inquiry Strategy was applied throughout the work day. It consists of inquiries that encourage responses, comments and questions from the students, on concepts related to gardening and to nature in general.

    Congratulations to the members of Grupo Eco Huertos from Escuela Básica Concepción Bona for their enthusiasm and dedication in the management of the vegetable garden!

  • Ramón Antonio’s Family Has Begun to Harvest Their Crops
    Ramón Antonio’s Family Has Begun to Harvest Their Crops

    Santo Domingo, February 5, 2016

     

    The family orchard created on December 9th, 2015, in La Zurza, Santo Domingo, has started to see results. EcoHuertos program has continued to follow up on the family providing them with guidelines on both the harvesting and managing of vegetables.

    Ramón’s family is very happy with the orchard. On one hand it represents a source of food, and on the other it is a clean and appropriate space to share with all the family members. The family has been enjoying the harvest of lettuce and cilantro, while the peppers are still growing and the tomato plants are already blooming.

    The EcoHuertos Program is planting seeds and harvesting quality life!

    Related Links: www.eco-huertos.org

  • Urban Garden at Editorial Funglode Going Strong
    Urban Garden at Editorial Funglode Going Strong

    November 4, 2015

    Several days ago, employees of Funglode Publishing received a visit from the coordinator of the EcoHuertos program, who stopped by to check on the ongoing chores related to the upkeep and progress of their vegetable garden. They inspected the planters, baskets, garden boxes and flowerbeds as well as got rid of leaves and weeds then refilled and aerated the containers. They also planted several types of seedlings, including baby spinach, tomatoes, basil, lettuce, chard and peppers. 

     

  • Conditioning and Sowing the Manuel del Cabral, Fe y Alegría School Orchard
    Conditioning and Sowing the Manuel del Cabral, Fe y Alegría School Orchard

    October 29th, 2015

    Yesterday, under the supervision of Professor Roberto Fabián Moreno and the coordination of Cristiana Cruz Minier from EcoHuertos, students of the Technical School Manuel del Cabral, Fe y Alegría, in Santo Domingo, conditioned and sowed their school orchard. 

    At 11.00 am, 25 students met at the orchard to follow instructions to prepare the orchard to the planting. They, also, participated to an interactive conversation on the basics of cultivation where the characteristics of the plants and seeds, donated by the garden IDIAF in Pantoja, were explained. 

    In the afternoon, the Technical School Manuel del Cabral, Fe y Alegría, had an orchard planted with tomato, basil, baby spinach, chard, romaine lettuce, radish, pepper, onion, regular spinach and squash. 

    More information:

    www.globalfoundationdd.org

  • Students from the Escuela Básica Concepción Bona Participates in the Induction Workshop of EcoHuertos Program
    Students from the Escuela Básica Concepción Bona Participates in the Induction Workshop of  EcoHuertos Program

    January 23, 2015

     

    With extensive assistance was held, on Tuesday, January 20, the Induction Workshop of Eco-Huertos program in the Escuela Básica Concepción Bona, located in Hato Nuevo,
    Manoguayabo in the municipality of Santo Domingo Oeste, Province of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic.

    The group of participants was varied and was composed of representatives of the school community, including students; teachers and school personnel, as well as janitors, the PTA and technical school district, among other attendees.

    The workshop was hosted by Cristiana Cruz Minier, program coordinator, who noted that "enthusiasm and the constant desire to learn characterized the group, that actively
    participated with questions and comments about what’s a garden and its usefulness, as well as what are the materials needed and how to organize the items to build a sustainable garden, among other issues”, she emphasized.  

    At the end of the workshop each participant was presented with a copy of the guide "How to Build a School Garden", a practical manual published by GFDD / Funglode for students to learn, in a very simply, how to make a garden. Attendees were instructed on the content of the guide and its utility. They also received a brief explanation of the different types of gardens, which plants can be grown and their care, among other tips to follow when creating a garden.

    "It was great when, at the end of the workshop, a group of teachers and students sang a song alluding to the future garden they will have in school, which is the product of a joint effort of the whole community," said program coordinator Eco-Huertos.

    Created in 2012, the Eco-Huertos program aims to support the creation of sustainable and organic gardens in schools and communities throughout the Dominican Republic, and to support, through practical field activities, the areas of natural science contained in the curriculum. The program also raises awareness of the importance of a balanced diet and
    emphasizes the value of consumption of fruits and vegetables.

  • Basic Gardening Course- Community Garden of the Fe y Vida Abundante Church Center Foundation
    Basic Gardening Course- Community Garden of the Fe y Vida Abundante Church Center Foundation

    June 14, 2014

     

    On Saturday June 14, members of the Community Garden from the Fe y Vida Abundante Church Center took a Basic Gardening Course offered by agronomist, Wilkin Encarnación, manager of the National Botanic Garden Seed Bank. 

    Children, teens and adults from the community took the course. As is characteristic of this community, they participated with a great deal of interest and enthusiasm while learning the basic concepts of managing a vegetable garden. 

    The length of the course was three hours, during which time students dealt with the following topics: vegetables and their importance, the different varieties of plants, sowing, caring for and harvesting their crops. They also learned about watering, sunlight and soil types as well as no-till farming, nurseries and transplanting.

    We visited the vegetable garden and planted carrots and spinach. We looked over the tomato, cilantro and pepper plants. We made a plan to plant eggplant on Sunday.

    Congratulations to the members of the Community Garden of the Fe y Vida Abundante Church Center Foundation for the positive results that their Community Garden is yielding so far. 

  • End of year site visit- Loyola School
    End of year site visit- Loyola School

    June 4, 2014

     

    Year End Visit to Loyola School  

    On Friday June 6, 2014, the EcoHuertos program met with Diana Murcia who is in charge of the school garden at Loyola School. The progress of the garden throughout the school year was evaluated in preparation for the next term. 

    Professor Murcia said the following:

    1-The students worked enthusiastically in the garden and encouraged their parents to take an interest and help monitor and care for the garden. Several families, through their children, went on to create their own vegetable gardens at home or to revive old gardens that were already on their land. 

    2-The school garden was used as a tool to support the development of skills while strengthening concepts as well as values. 

    3-The garden served a practical purpose for recycling and reusing materials.  

    4-Several teachers got involved in the gardening chores, which motivated others in the school to do the same. 

    4-School Rector, Father Francisco Lluberes, S.J., viewed the vegetable garden as a very gratifying experience for the students who were involved and for the entire school in general. 

    Professor Diana Murcia said her students gave her their own evaluation of the experience: “Everything we did in the school garden was really good. It didn’t matter that a few plants died or that some seeds never germinated. The fact that we planted them and took care of them, and that we were able to think and plan what we would do and resolve any problems, all that was important for us.” 

  • EcoHuertos program presentation- National Book Fair 2014
    EcoHuertos program presentation- National Book Fair 2014

    June 1, 2014

     

    EcoHuertos program presentation- National Book Fair 2014

    On Thursday June 1st at 10:00 AM, Cristiana Cruz Minier gave a presentation on GFDD’s EcoHuertos program as part of the 2014 National Book Fair activities.

    The presentation highlighted, among other things, the purpose of the program, procedures and its conservationist philosophy to an audience comprised of teachers, their students and other independent visitors.

    At the end of the presentation, participants asked for more information on how they could become part of the program, while other asked in depth questions about managing their own lawns, ornamental plants and vegetable gardens.

  • Course on Pollinators and Pests - Quisqueya School
    Course on Pollinators and Pests - Quisqueya School

    April 2, 2014

     

    As part of the training phase at the centers where we work, the EcoHuertos program has been successfully giving courses on Pollinators and Pests. This course, given by entomologist Ruth Bastardo Landrau, MSc., enable attendees to understand the concept of pollinators and pests, which species carry out those roles, environmental factors that benefit or harm them, the biological and environmental characteristics that allow them to be pollinators or pests and the role they play in a garden or farm.     

    The following centers took part in the course between January-April: 

    April 2: Quisqueya School with 28 participants on Wednesday.

    Those attending the workshops came with many questions and comments that demonstrated an enormous level of motivation and interest. 

    As part of the follow-up to the gardens already set up, the course ended with a donation of seeds that corresponding to the needs and conditions of each center, such as: tomatoes, radishes, cucumbers, lettuce, basil, cubanela peppers, leeks, onions, beets, bell peppers, okra, spinach, pumpkin and parsley. 

    At the end of the session, we paid a visit to the garden and the instructor provided pointers on how to best protect them from pests, as well as tips on how to include pollinators that contribute to increasing the harvest. 

    We are so proud of the Centers that are part of our EcoHuertos Program!

  • Course on Pollinators and Pests - Republic of Paraguay School
    Course on Pollinators and Pests - Republic of Paraguay School

    March 21, 2014

     

    As part of the training phase at the centers where we work, the EcoHuertos program has been successfully giving courses on Pollinators and Pests. This course, given by entomologist Ruth Bastardo Landrau, MSc., enable attendees to understand the concept of pollinators and pests, which species carry out those roles, environmental factors that benefit or harm them, the biological and environmental characteristics that allow them to be pollinators or pests and the role they play in a garden or farm.     

    The following centers took part in the course between January-April: 

    March 21: Republic of Paraguay School with 23 participants.

    Those attending the workshops came with many questions and comments that demonstrated an enormous level of motivation and interest. 

    As part of the follow-up to the gardens already set up, the course ended with a donation of seeds that corresponding to the needs and conditions of each center, such as: tomatoes, radishes, cucumbers, lettuce, basil, cubanela peppers, leeks, onions, beets, bell peppers, okra, spinach, pumpkin and parsley. 

    At the end of the session, we paid a visit to the garden and the instructor provided pointers on how to best protect them from pests, as well as tips on how to include pollinators that contribute to increasing the harvest. 

    We are so proud of the Centers that are part of our EcoHuertos Program!

     

  • Course on basic cultivation practices - Loyola School
    Course on basic cultivation practices - Loyola School

    March 19, 2014

     

    The EcoHuertos Program has successfully undertaken a series of courses as part of the training it offers. 

    The Basic Cultivation Course, given by Agronomy Engineer Wilkin Encarnación, helped attendees understand basic horticultural concepts and answered many questions, such as: What is a garden? What are the different types of gardens? What should be taken into account when growing vegetables? They also looked at what kinds of plants would grow best in the each garden type.

    The following centers took part in the course between January-March: 

    March 19: Loyola School with 109 participants. 

    Those who attended the workshop participated with a great deal of interest and came with lots of questions, comments and personal anecdotes about their own growing experiences.

    As part of the follow-up to the gardens already set up, the course ended with a donation of seeds corresponding to the needs and conditions of each garden system, such as: tomatoes, radishes, cucumbers, lettuce, basil, cubanela peppers, leeks, onions, beets, bell peppers, okra, spinach, pumpkin and parsley. 

    At the end of the course, the instructor paid a visit to the garden, making suggestions on the efficient care of plants, their general appearance and weed control, water and sun needs as well as nutrient requirements.

  • Course on Pollinators and Pests - Ave María Polytechnic School
    Course on Pollinators and Pests - Ave María Polytechnic School

    March 14, 2014

     

    As part of the training phase at the centers where we work, the EcoHuertos program has been successfully giving courses on Pollinators and Pests. This course, given by entomologist Ruth Bastardo Landrau, MSc., enable attendees to understand the concept of pollinators and pests, which species carry out those roles, environmental factors that benefit or harm them, the biological and environmental characteristics that allow them to be pollinators or pests and the role they play in a garden or farm.     

    The following centers took part in the course between January-April: 

    March 14: Ave María Polytechnic School with 25 participants.

    Those attending the workshops came with many questions and comments that demonstrated an enormous level of motivation and interest. 

    As part of the follow-up to the gardens already set up, the course ended with a donation of seeds that corresponding to the needs and conditions of each center, such as: tomatoes, radishes, cucumbers, lettuce, basil, cubanela peppers, leeks, onions, beets, bell peppers, okra, spinach, pumpkin and parsley. 

    At the end of the session, we paid a visit to the garden and the instructor provided pointers on how to best protect them from pests, as well as tips on how to include pollinators that contribute to increasing the harvest. 

    We are so proud of the Centers that are part of our EcoHuertos Program!

  • EcoHuertos follow-up site visits
    EcoHuertos follow-up site visits

    March 3, 2014

     

    EcoHuertos Follow-up Site Visits

    On March 3, 2014, GFDD/FUNGLODE’s EcoHuertos Program under the leadership of Cristiana Cruz Minier, undertook follow-up visits to three schools to look at the progress of their respective school vegetable gardens. 

    8:00 AM: Youth in Development School, Cristo Rey. 

    A positive aspect of the visit was that she took me to the garden where I met Professor of Physical Education, Ricardo Paula, who is in charge of the garden and was cleaning the garden when we arrived.

    He told me the tomato seeds we donated had not germinated, but that he brought some seeds from his father’s farm in Azua. The rest of the seeds we planted germinated successfully including beets, lettuce, spinach and carrots. The ornamental and aromatic plants donated were also thriving and very beautiful. Professor Ricardo has been motivating the students and setting a good example for several of them who are working in the garden.  

    Conclusion: We recommend that Professor Ricardo Paula take the lead and officially organize the EcoHuertos Group within the school. The program will endeavor to maintain contact with him directly on its progress.

    9:30 AM Capotillo Educational Center, El Capotillo

    The wall garden is looking great and has been a success! The gardening boxes located in the eastern hall of the garden were unkempt and inundated with water. 

    Conclusion: It was suggested that they move their flowering beds to better location, letting them dry, and painting them with an anti-fungal solution. 

    10:40 AM Republic of Paraguay School, Ciudad Nueva.

    Professor Johnny Wilton Rosa de Jesus greeted me at this school.  The garden was clean and looked well tended. They added space to plant more seeds and to set up a nursery. They undertook an observation campaign and, in doing so, discovered that the animals attacking their plants were not pigeons but rather slugs.  I instructed them on how to eliminate the slugs.  One student went onto Facebook to share his experiences at the garden with others. 

    Conclusion: There is a need to carry out the Pollinators and Pests course before the close of the school year. 

  • Course on Pollinators and Pests - René Descartes School
    Course on Pollinators and Pests - René Descartes School

    February 21, 2014

     

    As part of the training phase at the centers where we work, the EcoHuertos program has been successfully giving courses on Pollinators and Pests. This course, given by entomologist Ruth Bastardo Landrau, MSc., enable attendees to understand the concept of pollinators and pests, which species carry out those roles, environmental factors that benefit or harm them, the biological and environmental characteristics that allow them to be pollinators or pests and the role they play in a garden or farm.     

    The following centers took part in the course between January-April: 

    February 21: René Descartes School with 31 participants.

    Those attending the workshops came with many questions and comments that demonstrated an enormous level of motivation and interest. 

    As part of the follow-up to the gardens already set up, the course ended with a donation of seeds that corresponding to the needs and conditions of each center, such as: tomatoes, radishes, cucumbers, lettuce, basil, cubanela peppers, leeks, onions, beets, bell peppers, okra, spinach, pumpkin and parsley. 

    At the end of the session, we paid a visit to the garden and the instructor provided pointers on how to best protect them from pests, as well as tips on how to include pollinators that contribute to increasing the harvest.

    We are so proud of the Centers that are part of our EcoHuertos Program!

  • Course on basic cultivation practices - Environmental Cleanup Foundation
    Course on basic cultivation practices - Environmental Cleanup Foundation

    February 12, 2014

     

    The EcoHuertos Program has successfully undertaken a series of courses as part of the training it offers. 

    The Basic Cultivation Course, given by Agronomy Engineer Wilkin Encarnación, helped attendees understand basic horticultural concepts and answered many questions, such as: What is a garden? What are the different types of gardens? What should be taken into account when growing vegetables? They also looked at what kinds of plants would grow best in the each garden type.

    The following centers took part in the course between January-March: 

    February 12: Environmental Cleanup Foundation with 14 participants. 

    Those who attended the workshop participated with a great deal of interest and came with lots of questions, comments and personal anecdotes about their own growing experiences.

    As part of the follow-up to the gardens already set up, the course ended with a donation of seeds corresponding to the needs and conditions of each garden system, such as: tomatoes, radishes, cucumbers, lettuce, basil, cubanela peppers, leeks, onions, beets, bell peppers, okra, spinach, pumpkin and parsley. 

    At the end of the course, the instructor paid a visit to the garden, making suggestions on the efficient care of plants, their general appearance and weed control, water and sun needs as well as nutrient requirements.

  • Organic Fertilizer and Vermiculture Course- FUNDSAZURZA
    Organic Fertilizer and Vermiculture Course- FUNDSAZURZA

    February 5, 2014

    Organic Fertilizer and Vermiculture Course- FUNDSAZURZA

    On Wednesday February 5, 2014, an Organic Fertilizer and Vermiculture Composting course was given at the Environmental Cleanup Foundation for Zurza, FUNDSAZURZA.  Agronomy Engineer, José María Gundín, was the course instructor.

  • Course on basic cultivation practices - Unión Panamericana Secondary School
    Course on basic cultivation practices - Unión Panamericana Secondary School

    February 4, 2014

     

    The EcoHuertos Program has successfully undertaken a series of courses as part of the training it offers. 

    The Basic Cultivation Course, given by Agronomy Engineer Wilkin Encarnación, helped attendees understand basic horticultural concepts and answered many questions, such as: What is a garden? What are the different types of gardens? What should be taken into account when growing vegetables? They also looked at what kinds of plants would grow best in the each garden type.

    The following centers took part in the course between January-March: 

    February 4: Unión Panamericana Secondary School with 21 participants.

    Those who attended the workshop participated with a great deal of interest and came with lots of questions, comments and personal anecdotes about their own growing experiences.

    As part of the follow-up to the gardens already set up, the course ended with a donation of seeds corresponding to the needs and conditions of each garden system, such as: tomatoes, radishes, cucumbers, lettuce, basil, cubanela peppers, leeks, onions, beets, bell peppers, okra, spinach, pumpkin and parsley. 

    At the end of the course, the instructor paid a visit to the garden, making suggestions on the efficient care of plants, their general appearance and weed control, water and sun needs as well as nutrient requirements.

  • Course on basic cultivation practices - Fray Ramón Pané School
    Course on basic cultivation practices - Fray Ramón Pané School

    January 28, 2014

     

    The EcoHuertos Program has successfully undertaken a series of courses as part of the training it offers. 

    The Basic Cultivation Course, given by Agronomy Engineer Wilkin Encarnación, helped attendees understand basic horticultural concepts and answered many questions, such as: What is a garden? What are the different types of gardens? What should be taken into account when growing vegetables? They also looked at what kinds of plants would grow best in the each garden type.

    The following centers took part in the course between January-March: 

    January 28: Fray Ramón Pané, School with 30 participants. 

    Those who attended the workshop participated with a great deal of interest and came with lots of questions, comments and personal anecdotes about their own growing experiences.

    As part of the follow-up to the gardens already set up, the course ended with a donation of seeds corresponding to the needs and conditions of each garden system, such as: tomatoes, radishes, cucumbers, lettuce, basil, cubanela peppers, leeks, onions, beets, bell peppers, okra, spinach, pumpkin and parsley. 

    At the end of the course, the instructor paid a visit to the garden, making suggestions on the efficient care of plants, their general appearance and weed control, water and sun needs as well as nutrient requirements.

  • EcoHuertos Creation Day- Fe y Vida Abundante Church Center Foundation
    EcoHuertos Creation Day- Fe y Vida Abundante Church Center Foundation

    January 17, 2014

     

    On Friday January 17, 2014, an EcoHuertos garden creation workshop was held at the Fe y Vida Abundante Church Center Foundation, located in the Favidrio Residential Area in Madre Vieja, San Cristobal.

    The group successfully put together and planted a vegetable garden made up of 19 flowerbeds bounded by concrete blocks and stones that were already there. In addition, aromatic and medicinal plants were also planted inside several used tires, which were then painted by members of the center.

    Members of the religious community who previously took part in the EcoHuertos Induction Workshop on October 25, 2013 were also involved in this activity.

    The following fruits and vegetables were planted: melons, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, beets, carrots, eggplant, okra, spinach, celery, cubanela peppers, lettuce, radish, passion fruit and chili peppers. The herbs and spices included: oregano, sage pennyroyal, basil, lemon balm as well as seeds for such ornamental plants as Garden Four O’clock  (Mirabilis jalapa, Nyctaginaceae).

    The event was held in a pleasant and fun atmosphere, with the enthusiastic participation of the centers children.

  • Donation to the Stalin Feliz Beltré Family Garden
    Donation to the Stalin Feliz Beltré Family Garden

    December 18, 2013

     

    Stalin Feliz Beltré is a 14-year-old boy who, in addition to going to school, has decided to plant a vegetable garden to help his family.

    On various occasions, our EcoHuertos program has given him seeds, organic fertilizer and tools.

    The seeds we gave him included: radish, tomato, spinach, leeks, carrot, okra, lettuce, celery, beets, pepper, melon, cucumber and beets.

    The EcoHuertos Program welcomes Stalin – you are an inspirational example for Dominican youth!

  • EcoHuertos Donation of donación de piping and seeds to the Kenni Figuereo and Yumary Castillo Family Garden
    EcoHuertos Donation of donación de piping and seeds to the Kenni Figuereo and Yumary Castillo Family Garden

    December 18, 2013

     

    On Wednesday December 18, 2013, we collaborated with Mr. Kenni Figuereo and his wife Mrs. Yumary Castillo in Barreras de Azua with a donation consisting of tubing and the necessary implements to transport water to the family vegetable garden. We also paid for the plumbers to set up the tubing. The also provided seeds, seedlings and organic fertilizer.

    Mr. Kenni’s garden is 60 x 15 meters and is partially cultivated with bananas and taros.

    The seeds we donated included radishes, tomatoes, spinach, leeks, carrots, okra, lettuce, celery, beets, eggplants, peppers, melon, cucumbers and yellow squash. We also donated chinola seedlings and oregano seeds.

    Welcome Figuereo Castillo Family to the EcoHuertos Program!

  • Donation of Fencing Materials to the Matos Vargas Family Garden
    Donation of Fencing Materials to the Matos Vargas Family Garden

    December 18, 2013

     

    On Wednesday December 18, 2013, we donated material to Mr. Nicolás Matos Vargas and Mr. Leoncio Vargas in the community of Barreras de Azua.

    The donation to this family consisted of a 250-meter barbed wire fence and small nails to assemble it around the family garden.

    Nicolás and Leoncio are cousins and are getting their children, nephews and nieces involved in the cleanup work as well as breaking up the soil, removal of stumps and logs, building the fence and, finally, planting the garden.

    Nicolás and Leoncio’s vegetable garden includes the planting of peppers, melon and patilla.

    Welcome Matos Vargas Family to the EcoHuertos Program! 

  • Creation of Bernardina Agramonte Family Garden
    Creation of Bernardina Agramonte Family Garden

    December 18, 2013

     

    On Wednesday December 18, 2013, we undertook the planting of the Bernadina Agramonte family garden in Barreras Azul. The 30 x 20 foot garden is made up of thirteen walls located in the backyard of their home.

    Members of the family took part in this activity including some children who make up the EcoHuertos Group of Las Barreras Early Education and Elementary School.

    They planted the following: radishes, tomatoes, spinach, carrots, onions, okra, lettuce, celery, beets, eggplants, peppers, melons, cucumber, yellow squash and spinach.

    The activity was carried out in a very pleasant and gratifying atmosphere, especially with the joyful energy of the participating children.

    EcoHuertos welcomes the Agramonte family!

  • EcoHuertos Creation Day: Unión Panamericana Secondary School
    EcoHuertos Creation Day: Unión Panamericana Secondary School

    December 11, 2013

     

    On Wednesday December 11, 2013 an EcoHuertos program garden creation workshop was held at the Unión Panamericana Secondary School in Santo Domingo.

    Students from the November 11th EcoHuertos Induction Workshop took part in this activity.

    A vegetable and fruit garden was created in the western part of the school directly on the ground with planters measuring 19.69 x 13.12 feet. With the help of a carpenter, students set up a perimeter fence around the garden, which was constructed out of recycled wood pallets.

    Students also worked to set up the space before planting, which included pulling out weeds and unwanted growth, preparing the substrate, and delineating the outer edges of each planter with the use of rocks and stones collected on school grounds.

    Once ready, the students planted seeds to grow the following vegetables and fruits:  tomatoes, basil, lavender, cilantro, beets, leeks, chili peppers, cubanela peppers, parsley, eggplants, green beans, garlic, garlic, okra, squash, melon, carrots, lettuce and celery.

    At the entrance of the vegetable garden ornamentals meant to beautify the space were also planted, including Mirabalis jalapa seeds (the four o’clock flower or marvel of Peru), passion fruit seedlings and oregano.

  • EcoHuertos Creation Day: Braulio Paulino Polytechnic in Tamboril
    EcoHuertos Creation Day: Braulio Paulino Polytechnic in Tamboril

    December 6, 2013

     

    On Friday December 6, 2013, the EcoHuertos program held a garden creation workshop at the Braulio Paulino Polytechnic school in Tamboril, Santiago.

    Along the side yard of the Eastern wall of the educational center, we set up plastic gallon containers along the walls, and erected a perimeter fence around planter boxes that had been previously stored at students’ homes. The fence, 9 by 15 feet, was made with recycled wooden pallets. Old rubber car tires were also used to plant seeds, which were donated from local tire repair shop.

    Students collected coconut shells discarded by coconut water vendors, and broke them up to be used as substrate base for the planter beds, as they retain humidity and add nutrition to the soil. One of the students also brought some organic compost he had made at home.

    All the students from the November 15th EcoHuertos Induction Workshop took part in this activity. They worked with their Physical Education teacher alongside the carpenter in building of the perimeter fence.  They cleaned up debris and other useless material from the area, pruned trees and prepared the beds for planting.

    They planted the following: leeks, tomatoes, green beans, passion fruit, eggplant, ginger, garlic, peppers, celery, spinach, okra, beets, carrots, radishes, onions, melons, cucumber, parsley, basil, lettuce, cilantro, rosemary, lavender, oregano, pennyroyal, peppermint as well as some ornamental plants like bromeliads, Huernia(from Milkweed family)Snake Plant and Sedum.

    The students demonstrated incredible energy and wonderful spirit throughout the whole morning. They worked as a team and dedicated their positive energy and time to creating a fabulous garden.

    Congratulations!

  • EcoHuertos Garden Creation Workshop Quisqueya Education Center
    EcoHuertos Garden Creation Workshop Quisqueya Education Center

    December 2, 2013

     

    On Monday December 2nd, 2013, EcoHuertos program held their garden creation workshop at the Quisqueya Education Center in the city of Santiago de los Caballeros.

    A vegetable garden made up of nine planting beds was created, the edges delineated by thick tree branches which were pruned from nearby bushes. Each planter was divided into three grids, which were used for the students to pair off into groups and plant in each one of them.

    Students from the EcoHuertos Induction Workshop, held on November 8th attended the activity.

    Students, several teachers, the gardener and the school director all got involved in a dynamic example of teamwork.  They cleaned the area of everything they didn’t need, pruned trees and bushes and prepared the planting beds.

    Wide arrays of vegetables were planted, including: radishes, tomatoes, leeks, green beans, spinach, carrots, onions, okra, lettuce, celery, beets, eggplant, and basil as well as aloe and oregano.

    The event was pleasant and fun, characteristic of the contagious childhood energy that circulated around the vegetable garden.

    Welcome to the EcoHuertos Program!

  • EcoHuertos Garden Creation Workshop Republic of Paraguay School
    EcoHuertos Garden Creation Workshop Republic of Paraguay School

    November 28, 2013

     

    On Thursday November 28, 2013, the EcoHuertos Program held a garden creation workshop at the Republic of Paraguay School located in Santo Domingo.

    Students from the EcoHuertos Induction workshop, held on November 12th attended the activity.

    At this school, a roof vegetable garden was created using 4.20 m x 3.30 garden beds, in keeping with the measurements designated by the school.  For the construction of the garden, recycled wood was used to create a perimeter fence around the beds. Students helped build the perimeter fence, cleaned the dirt and debris and anything else not needed for the roof garden. They pruned trees and prepared the beds for planting. The edges around the boxes were secured by rocks collected at the school. In addition to the flowerbeds on the roof garden, other students got inspired and created a couple of neighboring flowerbeds to grow vegetables.

    The following vegetables and fruits were planted: tomatoes, leeks, parsley, basil, beans, lettuce, spinach, melons, eggplant, pepper, garlic, celery, beets, carrots, radish, onions carrots and oregano.

  • EcoHuertos Garden Creation Workshop Ave María Polytechnic School
    EcoHuertos Garden Creation Workshop Ave María Polytechnic School

    November 21, 2013

    On Thursday November 21st, 2013, the EcoHuertos program held a garden creation workshop at the Ave María Polytechnic School in Santo Domingo.

  • EcoHuertos Garden Creation Workshop Capotillo Education Center
    EcoHuertos Garden Creation Workshop Capotillo Education Center

    November 20, 2013

     

    On Wednesday November 20, 2013, an EcoHuertos garden creation workshop was held at the Capotillo Education Center, located in Santo Domingo.

    Due to the limited amount of space available at the school, the vegetable garden will consist of vertical cultivation along the walls utilizing recycled gallon containers and three planter boxes 1 X 0.5m² in diameter.

    Students from the previous induction workshop celebrated on October 30th joined the activity.

    The group prepared the substrate, gallon containers and planter boxes.

    The following seeds were planted in the boxes: tomato, radish, parsley, beets, basil, lettuce, eggplant, celery, green beans, spinach, pepper, chili pepper, leeks, okra and cilantro.

    Ornamental plants were planted in the vertical wall garden to beautify the school, as well as some aromatic and medicinal plants such as: sage, oregano, and hawkweed.

    The children, parents and teachers that participated in this activity looked happy and expressed how wonderful it was to get together and build their school garden.

  • Induction Workshop for the EcoHuertos Program Tamboril Secondary School
    Induction Workshop for the EcoHuertos Program Tamboril Secondary School

    November 15, 2013

     

    On Friday November 15, 2013 the EcoHuertos program held an Induction Workshop at the Tamboril Secondary School in Santiago.

    A total of 33 participants attended the workshop, including students, teachers, school personnel as well as parents.

    Participants analyzed and posed questions such as: What is a vegetable garden?  Why do we want one? What do we have and what do we need to create one? How should we organize ourselves to create a sustainable vegetable garden? Answers to each of these questions were important for developing the concept of a garden and to establish individual and group commitments.  We presented ideas about the different types of vegetable gardens as well as what types of plants we can grow and how to care for them, among other things.

    Dynamics of reflection:  “Why a vegetable in this school? The responses: “We want a vegetable garden to leave behind for future generations of students, to learn about the types of farming and cultivation our grandparents did and to provide healthy food for our daily consumption. Also, these gardens put us in touch with nature in a healthy way.”
    As is the custom in our Induction Workshop, in addition to donating two copies of “How to Create a Vegetable Garden” to the school library, we explained the manual’s content and utility as reference material to support garden creation.

    Finally, the group visited the site chosen for the garden, to look over the space, review steps involved in planting and setting group expectations for the creation workshop.

  • Induction Workshop for the EcoHuertos Program Republic of Paraguay School
    Induction Workshop for the EcoHuertos Program Republic of Paraguay School

    November 12, 2013

     

    On Tuesday November 12, 2013 an Induction Workshop for the EcoHuertos Program was held at the Republic of Paraguay School in Santo Domingo.

    There were 47 participants at the workshop, representing the educational community, including students, teachers, support staff, administrators, directors and parents.
    Everyone cheerfully took part in the presentation, group discussion and brainstorming session. They analyzed and responded to such questions as:  What is a vegetable garden?  Why do we want one? What do we have and what do we need to create one? How should we organize ourselves to create a sustainable vegetable garden? Answers to each of these questions were important for developing the concept of a garden and to establish individual and group commitments.

    Ideas were presented about the different types of vegetable gardens as well as types of plants could be cultivated as well as basic care techniques were reviewed. The group also received copies of the manual “How to Create a Vegetable Garden,” that will serve as a resource guide for the creation of school garden.

    The workshop concluded with a site visit to location where garden will be built. Cristiana Cruz Minier, EcoHuertos program coordinator, took advantage of site visit to review the steps involved in garden creation and set clear expectations for the group.

    Students from the Paraguay school showed great interest and desire to get involved in the creation of the vegetable garden and shared their past experiences with gardening and growing food.

  • EcoHuertos Program Induction Workshop - Unión Panamericana Secondary School
    EcoHuertos Program Induction Workshop - Unión Panamericana Secondary School

    November 11, 2013

     

    On Monday November 11 we held an EcoHuertos Induction Workshop at the Unión Panamericana Secondary School in Santo Domingo.

    There were 24 participants at the workshop, mostly third year high school students and teachers.

    Through various dynamics we built a gardening concept and presented ideas about the different types of gardens and plants we could grow and how to care for them.

    One of the work dynamics was to define why the center needed a garden, to which they responded: “We need a garden to produce food and to share what we grow. We also want to experiment with the plants and get to know more about them, teach others and enjoy their beauty.”

    We gave each participant a copy of the manual “How to Make a School Garden” and we also left two copies for the school library. We explained the content of the book and how to use and consult it.

    The group established individual and group commitments among those in attendance regarding their future school garden.

    The last part of our activity was for the whole group to visit the space where they intend to plant the garden. Once there, they talked about their future garden and let their imaginations go with regard to all they could contribute to this school community.

  • EcoHuertos Program Induction Workshop - For Quisqueya Educational Center, Santiago
    EcoHuertos Program Induction Workshop - For Quisqueya Educational Center, Santiago

    November 8, 2013

     

    Friday, November 8th, we did an Induction Workshop for the EcoHuertos Program at the Quisqueya Educational Center in Santiago de los Caballeros.

    There were 40 students, teachers, personnel, support staff, and parents at the workshop.

    The presentation was a recount of all the marvelous happenings throughout the day. They introduced the concept of a garden and the different types of gardens, what plants we can sow, how to care for them, etc.

    One of the working methods was aimed at defining the reasons why the center needs a garden, and the answer was: “We need a garden because it creates a direct connection to the community. The garden will motivate the staff to promote more in their own communities, and in addition, it’s a medium to work as a Center Project in order to enjoy many other activities like World Food Day, for example.”

    Individual and group commitments were arrived at regarding the future of the garden. We gave each participant the manual, “How to make a school garden,” and explained how to use it.

    Our final activity, as always, consisted of a group visit to the site chosen for the garden. Once there, they had to decide the future of the garden and brainstorm about what they could do as members of the community to help the garden.

  • EcoHuertos Program Induction Workshop - Youth School Club in Development
    EcoHuertos Program Induction Workshop - Youth School Club in Development

    November 6, 2013

     

    On Wednesday, November 6, we held an EcoHuertos Induction Workshop at the Youth School Club in Development on Tiradentes Avenue, La Agustina in front of the Cristo Libre de Cristo Rey Park rotunda in Santo Domingo.

    There were 39 participants at the workshop, comprised of students, teachers, staff and parents.

    It was very comfortable to be in the classroom where the following signs were hanging on the wall: “The garden can help us with our economy,” “We can build with our own hands. We are making our garden,” “Together we can build our school garden.”

    Through various work dynamics we defined the garden concept and presented ideas about the different types of gardens and plants we could grow and how to care for them. We gave each participant a copy of the manual “How to Make a School Garden” and explained the content of the book and how to use and consult it.

    Finally, the group established individual and group commitments among those in attendance regarding the future of the school garden they will create.

  • EcoHuertos Program Induction Workshop El Capotillo Education Center
    EcoHuertos Program Induction Workshop El Capotillo Education Center

    October 30, 2013

     

    On Wednesday October 30th, we held an induction workshop at the Capotillo Education Center in Ensanche Capotillo, north of Santo Domingo.

    Thirty people, including students, teachers, staff, parents and two invited guests from the local community took part in the EcoHuertos Induction workshop.

    The high-spirited group was enthusiastic with their questions, comments and desire to participate. They had the group dynamics to create a garden and were asking the right questions, such as: What is a garden? Why do we want one? What do we have and what do we need to create one? How should we organize ourselves so that it will be a sustainable garden?

    As is the custom in our Induction Workshops, we gave every participant the “How to Make a School Garden” manual and explained its content and how to use it. We introduced ideas on various types of gardens that can be planted, what types of plants to cultivate and to take care of them, among other things.

    Finally, they organized individual and group commitments among themselves on how to proceed in creating their school garden in the future.

  • EcoHuertos Program Induction Workshop Ave María Polytechnic and Armando Rosenberg Home School
    EcoHuertos Program Induction Workshop Ave María Polytechnic and Armando Rosenberg Home School

    October 29, 2013

  • Induction Workshop at the Fe y Vida Abundante Church Center Foundation
    Induction Workshop at the Fe y Vida Abundante Church Center Foundation

    October 19, 2013

  • Installation of ZURZA Community Garden
    Installation of ZURZA Community Garden

    May 3, 2013

  • Garden Trainning Workshop, FUNDZURZA
    Garden Trainning Workshop, FUNDZURZA

    April 22, 2013

  • Fray Ramón Pané School Workshop
    Fray Ramón Pané School Workshop

    March 22, 2013

  • Babeque Secondary School Workshop
    Babeque Secondary School Workshop

    March 20-21, 2013

  • Loyola School Workshop
    Loyola School Workshop

    March 19, 2013

  • René Descartes School Workshop
    René Descartes School Workshop

    March 18, 2013

  • Fray Ramón Panes School Garden Trainning Workshop
    Fray Ramón Panes School Garden Trainning Workshop

    February 11, 2013

  • Garden Trainning workshop – Schools and El Llano, Baní
    Garden Trainning workshop – Schools and El Llano, Baní

    January 28, 2013

  • Trainning Workshop Barreras & Baní Gardens
    Trainning Workshop Barreras & Baní Gardens

    January 18, 2013

  • Garden Workshops in Secondary Schools/ Initial obstacles/ Women's Association Gardens
    Garden Workshops in Secondary Schools/ Initial obstacles/ Women's Association Gardens

    January 18, 2013

  • Induction workshop René Descartes Garden
    Induction workshop René Descartes Garden

    January 12, 2013

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BLUE Ocean Film Festival & Conservation Summit

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