||Spring Bulletin 2009
Vol. 25 No.1
Gardens Project Manager, Abib Palma, demonstrates
how to create a simple pole and string trellis for beans.
Plenty Belize held three days of organic gardening
workshops in January that were attended by 29 teachers
from schools in the Toledo District of Belize. The workshops
offered hands-on instruction about making compost
and the art of planting seeds and seedlings. Additional
topics included fertilization and non-toxic pest control by
employing local plants such as jack beans, jicama beans
and madre de cacao. There were detailed discussions
about incorporating gardening activities with classroom
curricula, especially science and math. On the final day the
group visited the school gardens of ten different schools
so the teachers could get a sense of what the other schools
Teachers learn how to make seedling pots from recycled
bottles and cans.
In January, Plenty Belize had an information booth at the Toledo Community College Career Day Exposition where students could learn more about what Plenty Belize does.
In February, Plenty Belize and Maya Mountain Research Farm held a 4-day workshop about installing and maintaining photovoltaic electric-generating systems. Participants will assist in setting up a system in the "off-the-grid" village of San Benito Poite which will power a village computer lab.
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