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.


One of schools side yard was selected as perfect for planting the vegetable garden. Using one of the school walls to delineate space, a fence measuring 20m x 11 mx 13.5 m, was placed around the area.

Students who previously participated in the EcoHuertos Induction workshop held on October 29th joined the activity as well as other biology students and faculty members. The group worked with the carpenter to build the perimeter fence, clean up the area of all non-essential debris and bricks, pruned the trees and prepared for the planting. 

They following vegetable and fruit seed were planted: melon, squash, cucumber, tomato, parsley, basil, green beans, passion fruit, eggplant, pepper, garlic, celery, spinach, okra, beets, carrots, radishes, onions and oregano.

It was very comforting to see teachers involved every step of the way, engaging students and instruction them on how to use a machete to prune trees, how to hold a hammer, and how to prepare the grooves for attaching the wood. The teachers’ positive leadership and guidance with the students was evident, which bodes well for the success and long term sustainability of the program in the Ave María Polytechnic School.


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