About this project
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Enable the ‘guided growing’ programs in the Allotment Garden School
We need to pay for the role of coordination and ‘guided growing’ (practical horticulture with an experienced guide on hand) on the Allotment Garden School. The tireless work of our volunteers deserves to be recognised and remunerated. Help us with a part
Monitoring and systematization of training programs
With this amount you can strengthen the training programs, and support us to regain and share the knowledge gained from the Allotment Garden School with other communities.
It is critically important that we install a watering system at the ‘La Parcela' plot, to make growing and harvesting possible. Due to the climatic conditions of our local area, with long, dry summer months, it is not realistic to cultivate food without a watering system. We have been watering by hand, but this is very time-consuming. Help us free up our volunteer labour for other tasks!
Mechanical tools and the greenhouse
Once the essential objectives are covered, we can buy different mechanical tools, freeing up time to invest in guided growing. With this level of funding, we can also install a greenhouse space to protect seedlings and young plants in the winter.
Reconditioning the Allotment Garden School to make it accessible to user groups of varied abilities: ramps, growing tables and raised beds at different levels and shaded spaces.
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The ‘Mar de Verde’ Association needs your help to launch and re-enforce the work of ‘La Parcela’ Allotment Garden School in Cádiz.
This space will be a nursery of citizen initiatives to kickstart distinct urban agriculture projects: school allotment gardens, community plots, a network of green roof terraces, growing plots for associations … that will serve to re-enforce learning and community cohesion, in preparation for socio-environmental challenges ahead.
The ‘La Parcela’ plot has been given to our association, but we need to find resources to keep it going as a seedbed of learning for the children, young people and adults who have realised that we need to look to the earth, find reconciliation, and learn to care for and cultivate our planet.
We have dedicated four years of tireless volunteer labour to this project, but we can’t continue in this way alone. We need to consolidate our work of teaching and learning from the earth and sharing with our community.
Description of the project. Main features, strengths and differentials.
• it is a socio-environmental project, committed to caring for nature
• it is collaborative, creating union and promoting cooperation in the face of challenges and collective needs
• it is intergenerational, with the participation of people of all ages
• we believe in diversity as a force for change, including people of different cultures and capabilities
• it is practical and tangible; we don’t just talk about change, we are the change!
Why this is important
• The project is aimed at all people, of all ages, without distinctions of race, ethnicity or sexual orientation, who want to learn to cultivate the earth in a collective manner.
• it is aimed, through its location, at the inhabitants of the city of Cádiz, an island that lacks cultivable soil.
• it is also aimed at conscientious people, who believe in solidarity, who know that collective agricultural projects are a priority for the planet.
Our association – ‘La Mar de Verde’ - was created in 2017. Since then, we have been preparing to launch our collective growing project: to kickstart a nursery of urban agricultural citizen initiatives in the city of Cádiz. Cádiz city council has granted us the use of ‘La Parcela’, a 2000m2 space at the entrance to the city, which has allowed us to tackle this mission. But the arrival of the pandemic paralysed all our activities, dependant as they are on interpersonal contact.
Now, with the pandemic appearing to abate, we propose the relaunch of our project. We need all types of help: money to buy tools and materials; money to survive until the arrival of public grant funding (which is always slow to arrive); resources to improve our future projection and mission, to enable and rehabilitate our growing spaces.
As well as ‘La Parcela’, we have the use of a greenhouse and other spaces at the ‘Tartessos Centre’, granted to us by sister associations.
Up till now, we have created fertile soil from nothing, from plant waste we have collected and converted into compostable material. We have stood up for the environmental struggles of our city. We have shared our resources and knowledge with whoever has needed it. We have contributed to the fabric of our city, sharing with our sister organizations. And we have made green what before was only grey.
We are 30 people deeply involved in the work of ‘La Mar de Verde’