Title GARDENISER : Otesha training for GARDen OrgaNISERs
Project Number 2013-1-FR1-LEO05-48037
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text The Gardeniser project aims to adapt the garden organiser training. The job of garden organiser plays a key role in the development of a community garden, as a tool for social integration and education to sustainable development.
Community gardens are a booming sector in Europe even if the professionalization is not a reality yet, there is no training for garden facilitator.
The Gardeniser project comes from the identification of an innovation: the facilitator garden training. The innovation emerged during the Grundtvig multilateral project “EU’rban Gardens Otesha” (EUGO). Community gardens are excellent tools, an efficient way of bringing people together, and teaching the characteristics of sustainable development. Yet, the management of community gardens needs improvement and their functioning lacks of balance between technical tools and social tools. In most of the European countries, gardens are managed and organized entirely by volunteers, whereas they can benefit to the whole community, with sometimes the support of the public authority.
The garden facilitator ensures longevity and quality in the management and the life of the garden. The garden facilitator constitutes a new “green job” category. In practice, too often, the garden facilitator is a gardener and not a facilitator or a facilitator and not a gardener. Moreover, this person is in charge of the coordination of the garden, of the external communication with the partners and the financial partners. Those three aspects are key-part for the functioning of the garden.
The first part of the project aimed to analyse the situation of community gardens in the partner countries, (United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Italy and France). A document, the State of the Art, gathered all this information, as well as information related to existing training for the organisation of community gardens in each territory. This document is available on the project website.
Once this document was completed and distributed and on the adaptation of the training, the second phase started. The objective was to create a group of between twenty and thirty trainers among all the partners, this group would then train fifteen garden organisers in each partner country. One group of trainers is based in each country; those trainers participated in four seminars in France, Germany, United Kingdom and Italy in order to work on the adaptation of the training modules (as initially created by the Réseau des Jardins Solidaires Méditerranéens).
When this joint phase of work was over, the experimentation took place in each territory, then followed by an analysis of the content of the modules and an updating of the modules based on the feedback of the trainers and trainees. Questionnaires had been sent to all trainers and trainees before and after the experimentation took place.
In terms of objectives, they were largely reached as more than 87 participants took part in the training course instead of 60 participants expected.
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing