Ecological Garden

As part of the Polish-German transnational cooperation, the Krzyżowa Foundation for Mutual Understanding in Europe and Slow Food Germany carried out the first joint intercultural educational project on sustainable eating, which involved young people, children, teachers and educators.

The basic idea was to combine practical activities in the garden and the workshop kitchen with innovative teaching methods. The project received substantive and financial support from the German Federal Environment Foundation (DBU), Osnabrück.

According to traditional wisdom, frosts were temporarily forgotten last week, along with the Three Gardeners and the Cold Spring. To mark the occasion, on 19th May we carried out an action in our ecological garden, in which we said goodbye to the low temperatures and did some work: we tidied up the vegetable garden, finished mulching the paths between the beds with woodchips, and removed the grass, which was growing where it shouldn't be. Thus we can tempt ourselves to say that the work on the construction of the vegetable garden is mostly finished. We still have to connect the pump, install the fence and do some finishing work.

Wednesday, 13 April, brought excellent weather. It was difficult to stay in the office on such a warm and cheerful day. For this reason, for the last time before Easter, an event was held in which the Foundation's employees carried out a number of works in the ecological garden.

They used rakes, spades, wheelbarrows and a sieve to sort the soil. The meeting was also an opportunity for cross-departmental discussions with those with whom we do not work every day.

At the end of March, a meeting of Third Age Volunteers took place in Krzyżowa as part of the project "Food - from tradition into modernity". The volunteers joined a campaign to support our guests from Ukraine, who - fleeing war - found a safe shelter in Krzyżowa. The senior citizens brought with them gifts including sweets, drinks and homemade preserves, including pickled vegetables, jams and fruit juices. The gifts were donated to the kitchen, which is used by our guests from Ukraine on a daily basis.

In the second part of the day, the participants took advantage of the good weather to go to the area behind the moat, where an organic garden is being created. Several new elements have been added since the last meeting - the paved path has been completed, the covered pergola has acquired its final appearance, and the first green leaves of the recently sown radishes have appeared in the greenhouse.

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