Kids from the neighborhood working on the garden
Paseito III, is a vulnerable neighbourhood located south Bogotá in the buffer area of Bosque Oriental Protective Forest Reserve. ,For Proyectar Sin Fronteras, this urban project is the one with most potential. It allies two processes that are carried out today: weekly environmental education and agriculture workshops with 20 children and teenagers from the neighbourhood and an urban agriculture process compound by the construction/management of a community garden and capacities building for the community.
Since the beginning of our environmental education intervention in Paseito III in October of 2019, a total of 13 workshops corresponding to 26 hours of formation has been carried out by Proyectar Sin Fronteras. We have seen amazing changes in the participants’ behaviours: they reflect more on the origin of what they consume and on the effects their lifestyle can generate. The community garden has been a wonderful pedagogical tool to provide the practical side that can be missing while teaching environmental education in an urban area.
We can notice that the environmental awareness has been awaken among most of the participants while they proudly narrate their sustainable actions, promises or knowledge. Nevertheless, much remains to be done to hopefully create future environmental leaders or committed citizens.
With regard to the agriculture process which begun in June of 2019, these are the results so far:
- Construction of a 52 metres squared community garden with 3 beds of seeding
- Disposal of 6 cubic meters of black soil and furrows design
- Construction of a community compost
- Construction of an alive fence using willow
- Sowing of potatoes, peas, broad bean, lettuce, swiss chard, spinach, cubios, onions, blackberry, naranjilla, aloe and aromatic herbs (cilantro, parsley, chamomile, thyme, oregano, marigold)
- Soil mulching with hay
The next step is to install a greenhouse designed by Politécnico Grancolombiano University students as part of an academic and prototyping convention with Project without Borders. This greenhouse will be compounded by recyclable plastic bottles and guadua (a native species of bamboo).
The objective of the agricultural process is to empower the community so they can cultivate healthy and sustainable aliments for their own consumption and hopefully for local commercialization in the future. This process shows remarkable results for now in terms of community participation - about 20 Paseito III inhabitants including children are active participants of the capacities building - and agricultural outcomes.
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Intergenerational exchange in the garden
Taking care of our plants
Sharing our lunch with products from the garden
Teaching kids how to fertilize plants