“La Traversine” is the name of an urban pedagogical garden of 300m2 located on the roof of the Bercy school in the 12th arrondissement of Paris. It is one of the 30 projects selected by the City of Paris for its “Parisculteurs” competition.
[Traversine], a name that symbolizes a gateway towards other cultures, as a North-South "agri-cultural" exchange.
Located on the roof of the Bercy school in the 12th arrondissement of Paris, this terrace, although originally intended only to serve as a passage in the event of an evacuation, has now been transformed into an experimental and educational garden. Designing Hope conceived an urban vegetable garden gathering several approaches to sustainable agriculture (agro-ecology, permaculture), which are already implemented by the association with children in Burkina Faso, South Africa, Swaziland, and Senegal.
By using the program “Communicating Classes” chosen by the Bercy school, and the equipment of relay classes in Africa, the activities around La Traversine encourage the exchanges of experiences, and add value to the activities that are carried out in the garden.
Playful activities for children, organized in small groups during the extracurricular time in collaboration with the educational team, echoe with those carried out in the schools that are located in the other countries.
We approach various themes: the soil, the seed, the cycle of life of a plant, the compost, the auxiliary insects, the methods of culture.
We raise the children’s awareness of the valorization of the school’s resources for the fertilization of the garden (the composting of leaves, branches from the courtyard’s trees and food waste from the canteen).
Finally, we encourage them to try some plantations at home, if they have a balcony, or if they have access to a garden somewhere with a family member, encouraging them to recycle, compost, and giving them seeds or plants, as we do in Africa.
In September 2020, after “taking flight” on the rooftops of Bercy, Designing Hope “roots” its presence and installs a new garden, Traversine #2, in the ground this time, in the back yard of the elementary school.
A garden of proximity, animated each week by a team of activity leaders who work for the association.
A pedagogical treasure hunt has been set up by the association to animate this garden every week.
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The garden located on the terrace required wooden structures made of Douglas as well as pieces made of steel. Click on the tiles bellow to know more about our garden:
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