With the objective that the people of Merida take up again the cultivation practices that the Mayas used to do and consume healthier and more organic products, the Department of Environmental Education of the Sustainable Development Unit of the City Council of Merida, gives basic workshops to create urban gardens at home.
During the courses, various topics are dealt with, such as types of plants and trees, and how to make compost, transplant and sow, so that attendees can start producing fruits, vegetables or legumes for consumption.
The coordinator of Environmental Education, José Chacón Vela, informed that the courses are in high demand because the citizens are interested in producing their food, since it is healthier and they do not use anything that harms the environment.
He recalled that during last week several activities were carried out to promote environmental education and care of the environment as part of the Sustainability Week, including tree adoptions, workshops and talks.
These workshops take place every 15 days in the Villa Magna del Sur Community Urban Garden and Orchard and are free of charge. “These are practical workshops because we believe that by practicing these techniques, people can learn more and that is the idea, to promote in citizens the self-consumption of products, which also helps to protect our health,” José Chacón Vela said.
He stressed that there is a “boom” regarding environmental issues for the care of the planet, hence the need for educators to develop programs, strategies and commitments on issues, not only urban gardens, but also solid waste management, water culture, tree planting in the city, public transportation and other programs that are involved in the sustainability agenda of the city.
Chacón Vela stressed that part of the strategies must be focused on creating awareness to take specific actions for homes, places of work or public spaces, so that the city is more sustainable.
The next free urban garden workshop will tentatively be held on Saturday June 22 at 9:00 am.
The Yucatan Times
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