A STUDENT INITIATIVE WITH A HUGE IMPACT
When I visited Lisbon, it was the first place where I found actually healthy soil.
They are running a small nursery, growing vegetables, keeping seeds and showing the ever arriving interested people around their gardens.
Having learned the principles of permaculture, the students support their soil by adding a rich layer of organic matter whereever they can.
Soon after arriving I got an unasked tour of the garden while being provided with a lot of cuttings and plants from their nursery to enrich the botanical garden in The Southern Lights project base.
But more then that, from this inspiring initiative of students, forest gardens spread to more places. They support schools in planting food forests and doing gardening activities with kids.
While nowadays more and more people move to cities, we have to bring food forests into the urban areas too. Some kids grow up never having seen where their food comes from.
We are happy to bring some food forests also to cities during our North Tour and will be happy to advise schools, kindergarden and all kinds of social spaces to implement food forests.
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The forest garden of hortaFCUL, the student initiative that started 10 years ago is an truly inspiring project. Led and run by students the forest like gardens behind the university are bearing a huge biodiversity in plants and insects alike, while at the same time the fluctuation group of students is composting all the organic waste of the university in their composts, creating healthy soil and using it in their gardens.
Mycelium decomposing wooden logs. A beautiful eco-system is waiting here for everyone interested to be discovered. Schools come here to visit, sometimes replicating this models then in their schools, and Permaculture practicioners from all the globe. This is connection hub for the regenerative movement.