Planting medicinal herbs for tea +plant protection
Current pandemic showed us clearer than ever the importance of health and community resilience. Our School Garden initiative aims at addressing both.
In partnership with the National Environmental Center we’ve turned an abandoned piece of land at the back of the school into a garden. After a series of educational workshops on soil protection, composting, garden planning and nutrition, students designed the school garden and started planting. Rows of currants, blackberries, gooseberries and raspberries filled up the garden. To protect the berries, beneficial companion plants were planted by students, such as thyme, lemon balm, calendula, mint and other. Part of the harvested berries and medicinal plants will be used by the school canteen, another part will be sold to provide additional income to the school.
Through this initiative about 90 students of the local school are learning in practice about organic agriculture, social entrepreneurship and healthy nutrition. Similar initiatives started in 7 other schools around Moldova and in June teachers from those schools came to our village for a practical workshop and exchange of experiences.
We invite you to partner with us in developing this initiative further by securing a drip irrigation system for the garden. Your 10$ donation would buy 50 m. of drip irrigation pipe, 40$ would get a simple pump and 75$ would cover the cost of a one ton water tank for rain water collection.
This year brought a lot of challenges in each of our lives, but together we can overcome many challenges and build resiliency. Just as small drops of water from drip irrigation nurture the plant during droughts, any contribution will nurture this initiative. Whether you are able to donate or spread a word about this initiative, we’ll sincerely appreciate it!
Designing the garden and planting berries
Mulch protecting from frosts, preserving humidity
Making compost for future fertilization
Sharing practices with teachers from other schools