Induction Workshop for the EcoHuertos Program Tamboril Secondary School

November 15, 2013


On Friday November 15, 2013 the EcoHuertos program held an Induction Workshop at the Tamboril Secondary School in Santiago.

A total of 33 participants attended the workshop, including students, teachers, school personnel as well as parents.

Participants analyzed and posed questions such 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.  We presented ideas about the different types of vegetable gardens as well as what types of plants we can grow and how to care for them, among other things.

Dynamics of reflection:  “Why a vegetable in this school? The responses: “We want a vegetable garden to leave behind for future generations of students, to learn about the types of farming and cultivation our grandparents did and to provide healthy food for our daily consumption. Also, these gardens put us in touch with nature in a healthy way.”
As is the custom in our Induction Workshop, in addition to donating two copies of “How to Create a Vegetable Garden” to the school library, we explained the manual’s content and utility as reference material to support garden creation.

Finally, the group visited the site chosen for the garden, to look over the space, review steps involved in planting and setting group expectations for the creation workshop.

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