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!

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