Induction Workshop for the EcoHuertos Program Republic of Paraguay School

November 12, 2013


On Tuesday November 12, 2013 an Induction Workshop for the EcoHuertos Program was held at the Republic of Paraguay School in Santo Domingo.

There were 47 participants at the workshop, representing the educational community, including students, teachers, support staff, administrators, directors and parents.
Everyone cheerfully took part in the presentation, group discussion and brainstorming session. They analyzed and responded to such questions as:  What is a vegetable garden?  Why do we want one? What do we have and what do we need to create one? How should we organize ourselves to create a sustainable vegetable garden? Answers to each of these questions were important for developing the concept of a garden and to establish individual and group commitments.

Ideas were presented about the different types of vegetable gardens as well as types of plants could be cultivated as well as basic care techniques were reviewed. The group also received copies of the manual “How to Create a Vegetable Garden,” that will serve as a resource guide for the creation of school garden.

The workshop concluded with a site visit to location where garden will be built. Cristiana Cruz Minier, EcoHuertos program coordinator, took advantage of site visit to review the steps involved in garden creation and set clear expectations for the group.

Students from the Paraguay school showed great interest and desire to get involved in the creation of the vegetable garden and shared their past experiences with gardening and growing food.

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