The first part of the training is an introduction into “all things related to organic gardens and how to maintain one. They learn about garden design, how to create a seedling bed, and how to use compost in the gardens,” explains Ana Cabrera, the Organic School Gardens Project Manager. After learning the fundamentals, the women will visit the demonstration garden at least twice a week to put these theories into practice. In August, the women will begin part two of their training and learn how to use the organic garden as an educational tool in the classroom.
During 2016, a number of the students in our Primary Education Scholarships Project began to attend workshops in the demonstration garden and work with our garden technicians. Now that the youth leaders are also participating, the community is even more connected to the garden. We’re very excited to see another set of training opportunities for the Panabaj youth leaders!