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.

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