Sustainable Vegetable Garden in Icaraí de Amontada - Ceará
See the results of the Organic Vegetable Garden’s pilot project of July 2013. Some vegetables are ready to be harvested, other products are growing, the hennery is ready and students and teachers are tending the garden.Check the results through the photo history below.
Check the history of the works, from the planning phase, through the engagement of students and teachers, to the results.
April 2013. Celebrating the Day of the Indigenous People.
The children’s hands were painted on the wall to represent their "commitment" to the project.
July 2013. Corn
Spring onions and coriander
Student tending the garden.
Check below how the vegetable garden was planned and made.
QGER has started working on the pilot project for a sustainable vegetable garden in Icaraí de Amontada, Ceará.The garden is being built at the Raimundo Teodoro dos Santos School, on a piece of land that was not in use. The idea is to enrich the diet of the children, teachers and employees.
The garden will also be a space where students and teachers can work and have fun together, because everyone will be involved in making and maintaining it.The project includes training the teachers in vegetable garden practices to ensure the garden continues in place after QGER completes its participation as a sponsor.
Image 1:Project site, in the Raimundo Teodoro dos Santos School
Image 2:Location of the sustainable vegetable garden project
The garden has been carefully planned. At the entrance, lime and acerola trees will provide fruit juice for the children and help protect the other plants from the strong wind (image 3, in pink).
Image 3: The basic project of the sustainable vegetable garden
A “living classroom” was included in the project (image 3, in green) to be used for meetings, outdoor classes, as a comfortable space for the garden’s maintenance team, and other activities.The idea is to have an inviting, informal space where knowledge can be developed.
In one corner (image 3, in blue), there is a hennery that will provide eggs and chicken for the school meals.Next to it, there is a “living pharmacy” where herbs will be planted that according to the students’ mothers are traditionally used by the local people to heal various ailments.
There is also a composting area (image 3, wine color, bottom right corner) to help the children understand the cycles of nature. The compost will be used to fertilize the land where the vegetables are being planted.
The vegetable garden itself is in the middle of the space.Vegetable beds will be built with construction material from our wind farms (image 4) and seed nurseries will use wood from trees removed to build transmission lines (image 5).
Image 4: Beds made of concrete blocks from the bottoms of wind turbine towers
Image 5: Suspended bed and seed nursery made with wood from trees removed to build transmission lines
Image 6: Some materials that will be donated to the school
The Sustainable Vegetable Garden project includes a number of activities to be developed with the students.All activities are focused on sustainability concepts (hygiene, education, environment, recycling, etc.) with the objective of training the new generation to cope with the region’s challenges.Here are some of the activities:
- how to use each vegetable, the right times for planting/harvesting, nutritional value;
- regional and not regional cooking workshop;
- the food chain, how food decomposes, recycling in nature;
- talks given by agriculture/environment professionals to increase the participants’ knowledge and encourage them to further develop it;
- health: the importance of washing food and hands;
complementary readings for group dynamics on related themes.
Follow the project's second phase:the children’s involvement, getting acquainted with the principles, organizing the future, and celebration.
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