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Eco-jardinage (Ateliers d'éco-jardinage) Eco-gardening workshops

A series of participative workshops so city residents can learn and practice growing their own food in an peri-urban environment, at the same time receiving a first exposure to Permaculture principles and techniques.
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About this project

Date started:
September 2010
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Description

Aims:

 

  1. Residents acquisition of skills needed for organic urban agriculture, based on permaculture

  2. Increase local food security

  3. Introduce Permaculture ethics and principles via home gardening

Inspiration:

Many residences have small « pocket » gardens, terraces or balconies that are propitious to edible gardening in the urban and peri-urban environment. Residents express curiosity and the desire to try urban gardening techniques but are not certain if it is possible or how to begin. Residents describe an interest in « ecological gardening », and it seemed an excellent way to introduce permaculture naturally, to a group of residents, in three hour doses, using the garden/balcony as a practice-learning space.

Outcomes so far:

Just beginning...1st workshop was « succeed at your compost » November 2010

Unexpected outcomes:

the discovery of free resources ! Preparing for the compost workshop we found a local stable where the horses are nourished with organic feeds and which provides an abundant free source of organic manure and used straw that will be available for organic garden projects throughout the city

Obstacles, and how we overcame them:

Lack of an associative or public garden space for demonstrations was a possible obstacle but easily overcome by inviting people to host a workshop on their own balcony or in their gardens. At the same time that participants are learning, they are helping one another implement permaculture projects at each others homes.

Lessons learned:

At the debut of the project, need more time to evaluate

Links and partnerships:

Regain Nature (association loi 1901)

Sources of funding:

private

Sources of materials:

donated manure and straw, tools

Further information:

A series of participative workshops so city residents can learn and practice growing their own food in an peri-urban environment, at the same time receiving a first exposure to Permaculture principles and techniques.

Autumn 2010 – Summer 2011 workshops : « succeed at your compost », « growing food in containers, window boxes and other small spaces », « seed saving », « take care of your garden without chemicals », « cooking seasonal foods », « Seed swap », « Seedling swap », «Friendly exchanges to share the harvest, recipes and advice ». Each workshop is designed to explain, illustrate and provide hands-on practice, in a small group, with applicable permaculture principles.

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Last updated: Friday, 30 November 2012

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