Prepared by Adriana Pal of Escuela de la Jungla
Futuro Verde Permaculture Program summary and challenges:
Preeschoolers - Guardians of Nature Movement workshop: they had a presentation about the movement and where also given the children's books which are part of the Cadena de Favores Program, where for every book bought a child from a low resource rural area school gets one for free. The workshop focused on awareness of plastic in the rivers and oceans and what and how to take action and make a difference.
1st Grade - Happy Chickens workshop: they have now a daily, weekly and monthly schedule on what they need to do to keep the chickens happy and healthy. There was also some improvement in the perennial chicken coop as we have new fencing now, more mulch and plants.
2nd Grade - Biointensive 1 workshop: we thought they would be great at sowing the seeds for the school garden, but we were wrong, unfortunately their fine motor skills and concentration are not that great for that job so since they are the official Guardians of Plants we have them now focusing on propagating and planting seeds and plants that help repel harmful insects and attract beneficial, so they planted around the biointensive beds lemongrass, gotas amargas and made a flower bed. They also have the job of checking the plants for harmful insects.
3rd Grade - Compost workshop: we have succesfully made 3 compost piles through the lasagna method and are starting 3 other piles. We are making the new ones with goat manure instead of kitchen scraps to compare results. We still have to organize a trip to a worm farm in Rio Negro so they can learn about worm composting and can start a bin at the school.
4th Grade - Propagation of Chicken Coop and Food Forest plants: ginger, turmeric, frijol de palo, hoja sen, and saragundi. All medicinals or nitrogen fixers to help prepare the soil for future trees.
5th Grade - Propagation of Wildlife plants: manzana de agua, espavel, guanacaste, and papaya.
6th Grade - Bioferments and foliar sprays: we made 2 bioferments, 1 with molasses and fruits as an inmmune boost for plants and another 1 with molasses and medicinal herbs as an insecticide and fungicide. The idea is to propagate the plants needed to make these bioferments, so while the plants grow and start producing they where also taught about compost tea, which they can keep making all year round with the 3rd graders compost.
7th Grade - Seed Saving workshop: they learned about preservation and proper storage of seeds and started the school's seed bank. They also have a plant propagation list for plants that attract pollinators and have to organize a seed exchange at the school.
8th Grade- Biointensive Gardening workshop: they were introduced to the principles of biointensive gardening, sowed open pollinated seeds into biointensive boxes and started the school's vegetable garden. We are just a little concerned about the light coming into the beds since now in the rainy season we are noticing the trees around them are creating lots of shade. We might need to do some trimming.
9th Grade- Medicine Making workshop: we made a cough syrup, a vinegar tincture for headaches and an ointment for bites and sprains. The students did a research project and went class to class asking about the student's most common ailments. They also have a plant propagation list for medicinal plants to be planted in the founder's garden and will continue to make more medicine as we have more plants.
10th Grade- Analog Forestry workshop: they were introduced to the methodology during the Green Wave House and Cabo Blanco fieldtrip and have started working on the food forest design.
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