EcoHuertos Program Induction Workshop - Unión Panamericana Secondary School

November 11, 2013


On Monday November 11 we held an EcoHuertos Induction Workshop at the Unión Panamericana Secondary School in Santo Domingo.

There were 24 participants at the workshop, mostly third year high school students and teachers.

Through various dynamics we built a gardening concept and presented ideas about the different types of gardens and plants we could grow and how to care for them.

One of the work dynamics was to define why the center needed a garden, to which they responded: “We need a garden to produce food and to share what we grow. We also want to experiment with the plants and get to know more about them, teach others and enjoy their beauty.”

We gave each participant a copy of the manual “How to Make a School Garden” and we also left two copies for the school library. We explained the content of the book and how to use and consult it.

The group established individual and group commitments among those in attendance regarding their future school garden.

The last part of our activity was for the whole group to visit the space where they intend to plant the garden. Once there, they talked about their future garden and let their imaginations go with regard to all they could contribute to this school community.

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