Organic garden offers healthy foods in a pandemic
As the world started to slow down in the face of a global pandemic, it offered all of us a chance to re-think what we do, how we do it and why. For our project the quarantine brought a new challenge of shifting most trainings on-line, cancelling planned camps and seminars, re-thinking financial sustainability. But it also gave us the space to re-design our garden, upgrade our rainwater collection system and focus more on organizational development.
Aiming to become more educational, our garden was re-designed to include a clear crop rotation plan, promote biodiversity, measure precipitation levels and demonstrate water conservation and soil rehabilitation techniques in gardening, like terracing, mulching, composting.
Last autumn we installed 2 water tanks (of 20 and 28 tons) to collect more rainwater. Despite a serious 8-month drought this season, we managed to collect 40 tons of water this winter from hoarfrost thawing on the roofs and a single small snowfall. Collected rainwater has been used for garden irrigation and construction needs. We’d like to promote rainwater collection among people in our village to reduce instances of some households at the beginning of the water pipeline losing access to drinking water when other people down the line use it for irrigation.
COVID-19 showed once more the importance of building resiliency and sustainability on a local level. For us, it means working with our neighbors on climate adaptation measures, eco-friendly gardening, developing structures for seed sharing, local food markets and more importantly, encouraging mutual support and care within community.
This is the time when many sustainability practices explored in ecovillages can become mainstream and your contribution for projects like ours could make all the difference.
We value your support in these challenging times and cherish our partnership!
Redesigned educational garden plan
Climate change training for high-school teachers
Delivery of a 20 t. tank for rainwater collection
Greening up and team-building training for staff
Greening up workshop for catering social business