Induction Workshop at the Fe y Vida Abundante Church Center Foundation

October 19, 2013

Leaders of the Christian community represented by Dr. Cemírame Perdomo, welcomed GFDD staff, introductions quickly followed by a short play put on by theater group, dramatizing the environmental problems facing the area and emphasizing how community involvement can help them overcome these obstacles.

Some 35 people, children, teens and adults, cheerfully participated in the induction workshop that followed, which included a dynamic group discussion and brainstorming session. They analyzed, asked and responded to questions such as: What is a vegetable garden? Why do we want one? What do we already have and what do we need to start these gardens? How do we organize ourselves to make our gardens sustainable? Responses to each of these questions were important in creating the concept of gardening and establishing individual and group commitments.

Many topics were discussed including: what types of gardens could be established, variety of fruits and vegetables that could be planted, what precautions were necessary to take in establishment of garden, as well as other related issues.

As is the custom in all induction workshops, participants were given a copy of the EcoHuertos manual, “How to Plant a School Garden,” and were given an overview of books content and how to use as supplementary material in support of creation of community garden.

The workshop ended with a site visit, to determine size of garden and set dates to break ground.

Overall it was a wonderful experience, as the group was very receptive and enthusiastic about setting up their community garden, and interested in learning more about the principles necessary to create a sustainable garden system.

Since its inception the program has created a total of 26 vegetable gardens across the country in the provinces of Santo Domingo, Santiago, San Cristobal, Baní, Monte Plata, and Azua.

9 Private Schools
Babeque Secondary School
Loyola School
Centro Educativo Los Prados
Rene Descartes School
Calasanz School
Saint George
New Horizons
Escuela Hogar del Niño
Centro Educativo Quisqueya

10 Public Schools:
Fray Ramón Pane School
El Llano Elementary School
Canadá School
Las Barreras Elementary School
Capotillo Education Center
Ave María Polytechnic School
Republic of Paraguay School
Youth in Development School
Quisqueya Education Center
Braulio Paulino Polytechnic School
Unión Panamericana Secondary School
Escuela Básica Concepción Bona

6 Community Centers:
Club Banreservas
Women’s Association of La Nueva Esperanza
Children International’s Community Center in Bayaguana
Fe y Vida Abundante Church Center Foundation
Batey 50 (El Seibo)

5 Family gardens:
Figuereo and Yumary Castillo Family
Bernardina Agramonte Family
Matos Vargas Family
Stalin Feliz Beltré Family
Ramón Rodríguez Bueno


Banco de Reservas
Children International
Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales
Centro Cultural Perelló
Red Nacional de Apoyo Empresarial a la Protección Ambiental