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.


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