Garden Labs

Devoted to implement the practices over the analysis and capacitation carried out in the workshops

These garden labs were devoted to implement the practices over the analysis and capacitation carried out in the capacitation workshops, developing 4 garden labs in the target regions, as a pilot installation of community organic gardening. These garden labs were comprised direct work with youngsters, which was selected from the target regions to take care and grow in the community gardens.

The core of this task was the set-up of 4 organic gardens (1/country), denominated garden labs, which will serve as centres for practical workshops & learn by doing practice, following sustainability principles. Through this task several participants per country took part in the pilot gardens, offering a land plot within to each of the participants. In order to train the target groups for growing in their assigned plots, several workshops was organised, contemporary to the adequate moment of the season: preparation, cultivating and harvesting.

Garden Labs

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GARDEN LAB IN SPAIN

The creation of a Garden Lab requires previous construction work on the space in order to be able to work with participants in workshops. The proposal includes the construction of a vegetable garden composed of five permanent wooden beds and two hedges for edible shrubs, aromatic plants, and flowers

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GARDEN LAB IN ALBANIA

University of Elbasan started the construction of the Garden Lab in March 2023. They had an agreement with the Municipality of Elbasan to lend us a plot for the Garden, but as they had a free plot at the premises of our Experimental Laboratory, they decided to go ahead and building our Garden Lab in their premises

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GARDEN LAB IN PORTUGAL

LThe FoodLab project in Portugal has four gardens, two in Viseu, one at agricultural vocational school (EPAMAC) in Marco de Canaveses and another at Valadares secondary school

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GARDEN LAB IN TUNISIA

The FoodLab project in Tunisia – Maamoura has a garden in the college of Maamoura landed 450 m2, it was a wild area with many garbage and unsused

Activities

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Growing Practical Workshop I

The preparation (locally). It is aimed to get practical knowledge on the previous steps before growing, the techniques and the related procedures. 30 participants/country; 10 hours workshop through 1 month.

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Growing Practical Workshop – cultivating II (locally).

It is aimed to get practical knowledge on the growing process, the techniques and caring of the growing practice.
30 participants/country; 40 hours workshop through 3 months.

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Growing Practical Workshop – harvesting III (locally)

It is aimed to get practical knowledge on the final steps of the growing practice. 30 participants/country; 20 hours workshop through 1 month.