At the beginning of 2021, in the face of the ongoing pandemic, the activities of the Third Age Voluntary Service in Krzyzowa were questionable. As it turned out that the applicable safety restrictions and considerations did not interfere with the implementation of a number of activities. Our Seniors regularly took part in intergenerational garden workshops, during which, together with young people from the Primary School in Grodziszcze, they learned about the issues of ecological food production and shared their experience. Each month, Third Age Volunteers also participated in working meetings to evaluate and plan current tasks. They also helped in the construction of a garden in Krzyzowa.
Snow has fallen. But even with a layer of fluffy snow, it can be seen with the naked eye that in recent weeks work on the construction of our garden behind the moat has advanced. Two structures, which have been created and have already reached their final height, are called "two towers" - these are two stone, self-fertilizing keyhole-type beds, the heart of which will be built-in small composters. One can only guess how well-nourished the vegetables grown in them will be and how it will soon affect their taste.
Before the first snows and frosts, a greenhouse was also assembled, which had been patiently waiting for this moment for several months in one of the foundation's storage rooms. We conducted a test which showed that it is already warmer inside the greenhouse than outside. This bodes well for the production of the first seedlings in early spring.
On 24-25 September 2021, the third part of the garden permaculture workshops for multipliers took place. During the classes, the participants learned a number of ways to manage the garden in an ecological way - they learned how to deal with unwanted plants, pests and how to create favorable conditions for our natural garden allies. The workshops also provided knowledge on the construction of various types of flower beds: buried, raised, self-fertilizing "keyhole" beds and permaculture embankments, which were made by the participants in the number of two.
The workshop was the last part of the series of classes conducted by the team that prepared the architectural design of the garden, consisting of representatives of the Plastformers Foundation and the Architecture and Town Planning Office TECLA from Wrocław. The meeting was intergenerational and was an excellent opportunity to share garden experiences. Among the participants were, inter alia, Third Age volunteers of Krzyżowa who successfully motivated their younger colleagues to work actively during the workshops.
On 22 September 2021 - after the summer break - a meeting of the Third Age Volunteers took place as part of the "Food - with tradition into modernity" project. We discussed the progress in building the garden, analyzed the texts written by the Volunteers so far, which will become part of the Internet publication, and planned activities for the coming months.
The most important moment of the meeting was the signing of bricks that will become part of the structures built in the ecological garden. One of the bricks - with the name of the late Władysława Wojcieszak, who has supported the Krzyżowa Foundation activities for many years - we all signed together. Each of these bricks will stay here forever.