On 3 September 2021, our foundation garden team responsible for the implementation of the ecological garden construction project in Krzyżowa had the great pleasure to visit the Arboretum in Wojsławice. A walk around the garden with Mr. Tomasz Dymny, deputy director for the arboretum, who with great passion and cordial hospitality introduced individual parts of the garden, provided us with a lot of inspiration.
We learned about a number of horticultural solutions used in the arboretum for plant cultivation: we found out how the planting quarters are created, what materials are used, for example, in the construction of edgings, what thickness is the mulch used, how many hectares of garden are there for one gardener and much, much more.
A permaculture garden workshop was held on 25-26 June 2021. During the workshop you could learn a lot about how to do things in the garden without doing too much! How to let natural processes do the work instead of us. Among other things, we wondered how the soil can be left undisturbed, and how everything - apart from the weeds - can grow like yeast.
In the workshop we created and layered vegetable patches, talked about growing plants and setting up Guilds (good and bad plant society), made compost tea and hot 18-day compost using the Berkeley method. Tomatoes, cucumbers, beetroot and other greens are all growing for us now!
In June, third, fourth and sixth graders from the Primary School in Grodziszcze took part in biodiversity workshops as part of the project "Food - from tradition to modernity". The main topic of the workshop was the importance of pollinators, among which bees play an important role as they are responsible for pollinating plants which constitute about one third of our food.
During the classes, participants built insect houses, which were placed on the Foundation's premises. They also learned about factors upsetting the natural balance in the environment, leading to the extinction and thus rapid decline of bee populations, such as the use of pesticides, fertilisers, GMO and non-renewable energy sources.
The slogan "We wake up to life" accompanied us during the meeting with seniors on 27 April 2021 as part of the project "Food - with tradition into modernity". With spring, we had hope for a return to normalcy after more than a year of the pandemic freeze. We went out into the field, trying to capture the emerging NEW in the frame. This walk did us good. And now we are just waiting for the changes in nature to translate into our daily functioning as well.