René Descartes School Workshop

March 18, 2013

Escondido, Baní, DR
Participants: Rose Lord, from the organization Make Gardens Not War; Botanist Cristiana Cruz Minier, Coordinator of the GFDD Community and School Gardens program; students and teachers.

The second phase of the GFDD/FUNGLODE Community and School Gardens program began with a workshop on seed conservation at the René Descartes School in Baní from 3-5 pm. The objective of the workshop is to give students additional training and to provide tools that will help them in the development of self-sustaining garden systems.

The program, which to date has provided materials and instruction to create and maintain vegetable gardens in 12 schools and 2 community centers in Santo Domingo, Baní and Azua, continues to expand by offering technical workshops in schools with previously established gardens as a means of enriching the students’ base of knowledge.

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