One of the schools in the region that has participated in Planet Drum’s revegetation activities over the years is the Los Algarrobos School in Canoa. In the past, we always talked about increasing collaboration with them. Now the opportunity has presented itself and after discussing possibilities with Antonia, the school’s principle, we decided to build elevated seedbeds there to further involve the students in the revegetation process and create an opportunity for ecological service learning.
On December 15th, we hosted an education workshop with the students with the “Cycle of the Fruit” handout. The same morning, the students watched as we built two elevated seedbeds at the school. One will be for trees, and the other for short-cycle crops.
A week later, we returned to the school to plant seeds (trees and crops) in the new seedbeds with a group of students. The idea is to guide the children through the process of growing their own trees and plants. The success of the activity will depend on their collaboration collecting and preparing seeds; planting; watering; and transplanting. So far, both the children and school administration are motivated to participate.