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Gardening skills training for group leaders

Next up was our gardening training session, facilitated by Melissa Harvey, a horticultural expert from Devon Community Composting Network. This workshop equipped group leaders with gardening skills, teaching them what to grow, when to grow and how to maintain their green spaces. As the group leaders would relay their skills back to work in their schools, the main focus of the session was how to develop gardens with children. 

Two of the innovative ways to grow in schools included:

1. Lasagne gardens

Despite its title, this approach doesn’t entail growing pasta on trees! Instead, it involves layering up materials such as earth, newspaper and card in order to develop a garden. This method lends itself nicely to sustainable, accessible gardening.

2. Square foot gardening

Square foot gardening involves planting different crops in every square foot of land available. This allows for plant diversity in small spaces, making the method suitable for school children to learn about a big range of plant species across a small patch of land. 

Fairtrade Cocoa and Chocolate workshop with Isaac Baidoo

On Tuesday 7th March, we invited our primary schools and Age UK friends to Exeter Community Centre to learn about cocoa beans and chocolate with Ghanaian Fairtrade food producer, Isaac Baidoo. Isaac is a Kuapa Kokoo farmer from Jukwa Mfuom, the central region of Ghana. He is also the Welfare Chairman at the national level of Kuapa Kokoo Co-operative Cocoa Farmers and Marketing Union Ltd (KKFU).

In the workshop, children and community members learnt about the principles of Fairtrade, and Isaac taught them about the processes of cocoa production. After lots of learning about where chocolate comes from and chatting to our guests, Charles and Margaret from Age UK, everyone got the chance to taste some Divine chocolate.

Welcome!

...to Exeter's Global Centre, the home of Devon Development Education.

01392 438811
dde@globalcentredevon.org.uk

Welcome!

...to Exeter's Global Centre, the home of Devon Development Education.

01392 438811
dde@globalcentredevon.org.uk