EcoHuertos Program Induction Workshop - For Quisqueya Educational Center, Santiago

November 8, 2013


Friday, November 8th, we did an Induction Workshop for the EcoHuertos Program at the Quisqueya Educational Center in Santiago de los Caballeros.

There were 40 students, teachers, personnel, support staff, and parents at the workshop.

The presentation was a recount of all the marvelous happenings throughout the day. They introduced the concept of a garden and the different types of gardens, what plants we can sow, how to care for them, etc.

One of the working methods was aimed at defining the reasons why the center needs a garden, and the answer was: “We need a garden because it creates a direct connection to the community. The garden will motivate the staff to promote more in their own communities, and in addition, it’s a medium to work as a Center Project in order to enjoy many other activities like World Food Day, for example.”

Individual and group commitments were arrived at regarding the future of the garden. We gave each participant the manual, “How to make a school garden,” and explained how to use it.

Our final activity, as always, consisted of a group visit to the site chosen for the garden. Once there, they had to decide the future of the garden and brainstorm about what they could do as members of the community to help the 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