This page will be updated throughout the year.
Húnaklúbburinn is developing a learning based project called, the Garden Project. The aim of the Garden Project is to design, build, and maintain a garden. We believe that through hands-on learning we create connections to place and to nature. There is great value in gardens in a community for youth. For example, it helps transform a place into hands-on science activity while connecting with the earth and to each other. The Garden Project, holistically, is an experiment for the youth of Húnaklúbburinn to learn sustainable community development. The youth will learn step-by-step the tools that are needed in organizing, leading, and maintaining an environmental project. In addition, they will learn that projects such as the Garden Project not only impact their lives, but also the lives of others in the community. Together, we will learn the benefits of gardens while also learning how to teach others in a fun and creative way.
The ultimate goal of the Garden Project is long-term sustainability. It will take a variety of motivated stakeholders to help build a successful school garden. Step 1 entails effective organizing and creating a culture of shared leadership.
Agenda for the Garden Project
- Develop a mission—How will the garden benefit the community?
- Goals and Objectives
- Encourage and empower participants to make a decision together.
- Who will maintain the garden?
- How will this be sustainable?
- Who is interested in continuing with the Garden Project?
- Develop an agreement.
This next step will take active coordination with the community and the Húnaklúbburinn youth in order to begin planning and designing. Initial research and community engagement started in 2018. “Step 2” will take this research together and begin bringing the garden to life.
Planning, Designing, and bringing the garden to life.
We will begin to draw out a plan for managing the Garden Project. In “Step 3” we will break it down into three phases. Phase 1: Mobilization and Communication. We will consider how to mobilize our team of gardeners and volunteers throughout the year. Phase 2: Planning time schedule. We will begin to build a garden schedule to reflect what we want to plant and when we can work in the garden. We hope to invite others to help in the garden. And, Phase 3: Sow, Harvest, Store, Serve, and Repeat. The fundamental aim of ecological literacy is to bring about change in our relationship with the world and to develop an understanding of our role in community development and environmental care.
Things are starting to grow!
Jóhann Thorarensen joined us at Skrúðvangur for Eldur í Húnaþingi on 25/07/2019 to share his experiences in starting an award winning edible garden initiative in Akureyri. His presentation was made possible through grant funding, The Icelandic Youth Fund Rannís. After the presentation, he visited our garden and gave us some great advice.