Also named “passive solar greenhouse”, the bioclimatic greenhouse is an environmentally sustainable approach.

It is its components and its design that isolate it to reduce thermal losses. Thus, it stores solar energy during the day and restores it at night or during cloud sequences.

 

The natural convection of the air flows allows the outside air to enter by means of openings along the edges of the greenhouse at the bottom and causing them to escape over the entire length of the ridge at the highest point of the greenhouse. For example, at night in winter, the temperature difference between indoor and outdoor can reach up to 20 ° in some areas of the greenhouse

The natural convection of the air flows allows the outside air to enter through some openings along the edges of the greenhouse downwards and to escape over the entire length at the highest point of the greenhouse, which avoids overheating. All this is automated system using thermal cylinders that do not consume energy.

The good insulation of the walls to the outside and the presence of an air gap in the roof polycarbonate sheets, keep the heat in the greenhouse.

The south wall is transparent (here in glass) so that the sun’s rays enter the greenhouse. To collect optimal sunlight and maximum solar energy, the inclination of this wall is 65 ° relative to the horizontal, almost perpendicular to the rays of the winter sun.

The north wall is the storage space, which keeps the crops cool. The entire north face of the greenhouse is composed of a strongly insulating wall. This has the effect of keeping the heat in the southern zone and conversely keeping fresh storage areas in the north requiring low temperatures. A cold room located here can divide the energy consumption by 3.

A rainwater collection and storage system is used to irrigate the plants. Beyond the interest of not wasting this natural resource collected by the roof, rainwater is the best irrigation water (neutral ph, not mineralized, no pollutants, no chlorine, no germs …). It is also well suited for organic treatments, spraying of manure and biodynamics.

The collection and the dynamic storage of rainwater ensures thermal storage by inertia of the heat during the day and restores it at night, during cold periods. The advantage of this technique is that it can adapts to the seasons. During warm periods when overheating must be avoided, the water stored during the winter is gradually used and / or emptied, so the containers do not heat the greenhouse in summer anymore.

During winter, blackout blinds let radiation that heats the water storage during the day, while in summer they shade it. This gives a better control of the temperature.

Benefits of the bioclimatic greenhouse:

  • The production period is lengthened. (About + 1 month of precocity).
  • The production of certain vegetables becomes possible in winter.
  • Aromatic plants, vegetables and flowers are protected from freezing.
  • It complies with the organic farming regulations, which regulates the heating of greenhouses

 

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On the garden of Malem wok wok, discovery of a cashew tree. One recognizes the shape of its fruit: the cashew nut.

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The Villiot garden is almost ready to receive its spring crops. The last tubs have just been positioned, topped with curved metal structures, which will allow the mulberry trees to climb and form a semi-shaded passageway in the center of … Read More

Replanting of ground cover in the garden of Villiot

In order to facilitate the maintenance of the garden and to limit to the maximum the return of the weeds, we applied the technique of the vegetable ground cover to the garden of Villiot. Along the path surrounding the circular … Read More

Nutrition game at Yagma, Burkina Faso

A set of 12 posters designed by The Ivory Foundation on health and nutrition was given to the Yagma middle school science teacher, along with a set of educational cards. This material can be used as a pedagogical support, but … Read More

The living hedge in the garden of Yagma, Burkina Faso

One calls “living hedge”, the hedge which surrounds a garden. In agroforestry, the fence is doubled with a hedge of thorny trees to constitute a wall impassable by men and animals, which completely secures the garden. The hedge is composed … Read More

Vegetables from Yagma vegetable garden, Burkina Faso

Thanks to our agroforestry garden and it’s borehole, Yagma’s garden manage to have a very productive field even during the dry season. This is made possible by the water that is drawn all year round, even during hot weather, and … Read More

Making bird feeders at Bercy school (Paris)

Pupils from Bercy primary school made bird feeders from oranges, fruit juice cartons, and egg boxes. For the juice bricks: cut a rectangle on one side of the juice brick and place a small branch underneath so that the birds … Read More

Mise en place des bacs de culture au Jardin de la Traversine Villiot, Paris

Dans le prolongement du mandala, 6 bacs de culture rectangulaires réalisés en pin douglas ont été installés. Des structures métalliques incurvées sont prévues à chaque angle afin de créer une treille et de constituer un chemin végétalisé et accueillant vers … Read More

Christmas decorations workshop at CLAJE de Villiot

The children from the leisure centre in Villiot made Christmas decorations with bamboo branches, raffia, cords and the association’s “Porte-Bonheurs” flowers. The leafy parts of the branches were used to make wreaths, while the hard parts were used to create … Read More

Installation of the insect hôtel of the Traversine Villiot

The team of Designing Hope finalized the insect hotel at Traversine Villiot’s garden with the youngsters of the association Jeunesse Feu-Vert. First of all, a wire mesh was stapled to the back of the structure to prevent the various components … Read More

Sweet potato plantation in Malanti

The women in charge of the Malanti garden have planted sweet potato crops. These are traditionally used on sloping land to avoid drainage and to cover areas that are difficult to cultivate as long plots, because of the presence of … Read More

The Garden of Skills offers a typical Eswatini landscape

The Malanti garden has a rather exceptional view of a valley in an area where the indigenous vegetation has been preserved from the intensive eucalyptus cultivation that is a threat to biodiversity in other parts of the country.

Planting maize using the “Zaï” technique in Malanti, Eswatini

The women in charge of the Garden of Skills in Malanti have planted corn. To do this, they followed the curve of the land without clearing it all, using the Zaï technique, which consists of digging basins 20 to 40 … Read More

First planting beds in the knowledge garden (Eswatini)

The first cultivation beds have been set up at the Malanti knowledge garden in Eswatini by the women in charge of the garden. These beds are cultivated strips that follow the slope of the land and are 1m/1m20 wide. Onions, … Read More

Development of the Knowledge Garden

Within the knowledge garden in Malanti, Eswatini, two chalets have been built to allow the installation of dry toilets and a room for the women to store their belongings.  A road is also being constructed for which a gully is … Read More

The Mandala of Malanti Knowledge Garden

The women in charge of the Malanti skills garden in Eswatini have created a mandala, a garden in the shape of flowers where the petals are represented by crop boards. The mandala will serve as a roundabout for the seasonal … Read More

Making an Aromatic Plants Garden

At the Garden of Skills in Malanti – Eswatini, the women in charge of the garden improvised a spiral garden using stones from the garden. They used the stones that are naturally present in this very mountainous region of Eswatini, … Read More

Mandala preparation at Villiot garden, Paris.

The development of the Villiot garden continues with the design of the mandala, a set of cultivation plots in the shape of flower petals. A cardboard template is used to trace the petals so that they are all equal. The … Read More

Setting up the greenhouse and preparing the crops in Bala (Senegal)

The greenhouse of the Bala’s health centre, ordered from a designer based in Dakar, was brought on site and assembled by 3 technicians with the help of Abdourahmane, the centre’s head of culture. The greenhouse is made up of a … Read More

Planting activity with children of Bala (Senegal)

The children of the center and the staff are interested in the installation of this new garden. Today, planting peppers with the children of the staff members of the health center of Bala.

Agrosemens, partner of Drawing Hope in South Africa

Each year, the organic seed company Agrosemens (La semence Bio) supports the association’s projects by providing reproducible seeds for the educational gardens. This valuable support will be accompanied by training in seed reproduction and conservation. Thus, the seed company and … Read More

Roosboom’s garden

While new plants are being prepared in the nursery, the Half Way House coordinators take care of the vegetables grown during the winter. These accompany the dishes on a daily basis served to the children at the Silethithemba centre.

Conception of a gel dispenser in St Pau

Among the 13 sheets elaborated by The Ivory Foundation on hygiene and nutrition, one of them concerns hand washing and presents the design of an artisanal gel dispenser, guaranteeing a non-contact use, with a foot-activation. Put into practice at St … Read More

Fodder farming at St Monica’s farm

The aim of St Monica’s farm is to develop a self-sufficient economic model. Among the solutions to achieve this, the young farmers have developed a fodder production plot to reduce the cost of buying fodder. Every day, the young people … Read More

Sowing and first shoots in the center of Bala (Senegal)

At the health center of Bala, it is the preparation of the trays with the seeds of the partner of the project, Agrosemens: Tomatoes, eggplants, peppers and lettuce. After only 3 days, the first shoots of the different varieties of … Read More

Preparation of the wooden elevated plots in the greenhouse of Le Grand Potager.

The plots of the bioclimatic greenhouse of the Grand Potager have been cleaned and prepared in order to accommodate the winter seedlings. The turmeric plantations have thus been moved to make room for the mesclun seedlings which will benefit from … Read More

Nobadane Greenhouse Installation (Senegal)

The Nobadane farm is located 10km from Diokhar. In order to increase the production of seed farms in the MBour region, the Ivory Foundation financed the construction of an additional greenhouse of 200m2. APAF has identified one of its agroforestry … Read More

Kitchen in the canteen of St Paul’s school

Thanks to the greenhouse, the canteen of St Paul’s school benefits from an important and regular supply of fresh vegetables. These vegetables are used daily for the preparation of meals in accompaniment of the pap (traditional cornmeal) for the 200 … Read More

The St Paul’s greenhouse

St Paul’s greenhouse was built in early 2021 with financial support from @the-ivory-foundation. It is covered with a semi-blackout veil allowing 60% of the sun’s rays to pass through, which limits both the evaporation of water during hot weather, and … Read More

Planting mint in Le Grand Potager

To fulfill the important demand of the kitchens, some sprouts of Moroccan mint left the greenhouse for a large strawberry garden container. The strawberry plants were then transplanted to an earth bed near the spinach seedlings.

Visit and training at the Diokhar farm (Senegal)

The Diokhar farm is the site where the local seed production project was launched in 2019 by APAF Senegal with the support of The Ivory Foundation and Agrosemens. As this project is intended to be developed on two other sites … Read More

Sowing in pots in the Palesa garden

 In order to fill the beds of cultures of the St Paul’s Palesa garden, the children with the assistance of the gardeners carried out sowings in cup for the species which does not require sowing in direct (squash, melons, tomatoes, … Read More

The Keyhole of St Monica

The Keyhole is a traditional garden from Lesotho. It was therefore logical that the garden of St Monica, located in Leribe (Lesotho) should also host one. This vegetable garden is made up on its periphery of stones found on the … Read More

First vegetables in Gouloumbou (Senegal)

At the Gouloumbou farm, the plants that were transplanted a few weeks ago are starting to produce their first vegetables. The different varieties of tomatoes, bell peppers and chili peppers have started to grow inside the greenhouse. The tomato varieties … Read More

Water tower and well in St Paul

Early 2021 thanks to the support of @the-ivory-foundation, a well was dug and a water tower composed of two reservoirs was installed at the farm of St Paul (Leribe, Lesotho). These installations secure the water supply in school and compensate … Read More

Installation of the Gouloumbou’s greenhouse (Senegal)

The Gouloumbou greenhouse was ordered from a designer based in Dakar and was transported to the site and assembled by 3 technicians and assisted by the entire farm staff. The assembly was done in several steps and by several teams: … Read More

Spinach sowing at Le Grand Potager

To prepare for spring, spinach seeds and young shoots from the bioclimatic greenhouse of the Grand Potager of @domainedefontenille were sown and transplanted onto a cultivation bed previously weeded and prepared using the campagnole. In order to stagger the harvests, seedlings … Read More

Sowing in plates and goblets with the Gouloumbou farm’s trainees (Senegal)

“Alone we go faster, together we go further”, African proverb (quote). With the help of the farm’s trainees, preparation of the trays with the 9 varieties of seeds supplied by our seed partner, Agrosemens: tomatoes, aubergines, peppers, lettuce, cucumbers, courgettes, … Read More

St Monica’s Garden

Spring is the ideal time for seedlings production in Southern Africa. The upcoming wet season combines warmth and regular rainfall, which is ideal for plant development. Thus, the young farmers at St Monica’s Farm in Lesotho have prepared seedlings of … Read More

Creation of a memory game for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing St Paul’s School

We are currently in the process of developing a memory game about gardening, that would be suitable for deaf and hard of hearing children in St Paul’s School. First, children must find the sign language visual corresponding to the vegetable. … Read More

Vegetable shredder at St Monica

A plant shredder was purchased with the support of The Ivory Foundation. This tool reduces corn crop residues by fine chips, which thus crushed can be ingested more easily by animals and be consumed in association with forage. The deaf … Read More

Animals of St Monica’s farm

The numbers in the chicken coop at St Monica’s farm are steadily increasing. There are now 35 hens of different breeds, all indigenous who produce enough to feed the young on the farm by creating an income-generating activity. Soon, an … Read More

Painting workshop of Thebe Magugu flowers in St Paul

As at Bercy school in Paris, we involved the children of St Paul’s school in Hlotse (Lesotho) in the decoration of wooden flowers which take the silhouette of Thebe Magugu’s flowers. Once decorated, these flowers will be varnished and fixed … Read More

Installation of a circular fence in the Palesa garden.

In order to protect this new garden from damage that could be caused by farm animals, 60 meters of wire mesh and 30 poles were purchased to construct a circular fence. This fence was installed 3 meters from the trapezoidal … Read More

Filling the plots in the Palesa garden.

Palesa Garden’s plots are filled with a mixture of soil, compost and biochar. Biochar allows better retention of water and nutrients in the soil. A circular fence, which will be planted with fertilizer trees, will protect this garden from damage … Read More

Creation of plots for the Palesa garden.

  In order to allow the children to cultivate a larger area, we decided to create 8 extra wooden plots at the end of each petal of the mandala. As St Paul’s school has 4 classes, each class will be … Read More

Creation of a mandala garden at St Paul’s school: the Palesa garden.

In order to educate deaf and hard of hearing children at St Paul’s school about gardening, we asked the five gardeners in training to make a flower-shaped mandala garden and involve children in its maintenance. The mandala is composed of … Read More

“Nature en Villes”, Petits Princes school

Until November 20th in the garden Martha Desrumaux (Paris 12th), Dessine l’Espoir presents the exhibition “Nature en Villes”, cultural bridge between the French and Senegalese young people. Here, discover the photographs of children from the Petits Princes school in Rufisque, … Read More

Roosboom’s cabbages

The Roosboom Silethithemba reception centre Designing Hope’s local partner in South Africa, has harvested beautiful cabbage to feed the children of this underprivileged township. Good food in prospect!

“Nature en Villes”, Bercy school

Until November 20th in the garden Martha Desrumaux (Paris 12th), Dessine l’Espoir presents the exhibition “Nature en Villes”, cultural bridge between the French and Senegalese young people. Here, discover the photographs of children from the Bercy school in Paris.

Planting of strawberry plants in the Grand Potager

Autumn is the ideal time to prepare the vegetable garden before winter. Florian and Marie came to help Emile.  The strawberry beds in the Grand Potager de Fontenille had grown so much during the season that we were able to … Read More

The “Instantanée Galerie” art gallery invites you to the “Nature en Villes” (Nature in Cities) exhibition

Until 20 November, come and discover the photographs of children from the Bercy school and the Petits Princes school in Rufisque (Senegal) exhibited in the Martha Desrumaux garden (in the 12th arrondissement of Paris). This exhibition illustrates the discovery of … Read More

Wooden flowers to decorate the Traversine Bercy garden

Before Thebe Magugu’s “Lucky Charms” exhibition at Le Bon Marché, wooden flowers had been painted by the students of the Bercy nursery school. The children were able to express their creativity by making a stencil work with multicolored paints! Once … Read More

Future set-in-nature theatre is underway at the Traversine Villiot garden

The Traversine garden will soon host a mini set-in-nature theatre ! First step: cutting out and colouring the paper templates that will bring to life all the stories that the children made up. Fairies, boares, feathers, pumpkin houses, she-warriors… that … Read More

Diversity, a message carried by the children of the Bercy school

Last week, children from the Bercy school gathered at the Traversine Villiot to proudly hold up the letters of the word “Diversity” topped with flowers, replicas of the “Porte-Bonheurs” (Lucky charms) designed by Thebe Magugu, that they decorated by themselves. 

Flower decoration made by the students of the Bercy elementary school

In the context of the “Porte-Bonheurs” exhibition at the Bon Marché, Designing Hope wanted to involve the children of the African schools where it is implanted as well as those of the Bercy school, by entrusting them with a project … Read More

Composting activity with the students of the Bercy nursery school

Peels, dead leaves, more peels and more dead leaves… One layer after another, our compost is built like a lasagna dish. The children were delighted to get their hands dirty to make it !

Furnishing the Traversine Villiot’s nature theatre

Six 1,20 metre-long wooden benches were built by Designing Hope, a good opportunity to improvise a carpentry workshop with the young people and the educators of the Jeunesse Feu Vert foundation. The theatre will be fitted out with these benches … Read More

Construction of the children’s theatre at the Traversine Villiot garden

Now that the mound is in shape, it is time to set up the nature theatre. This 4.5 metre-diameter metal structure will be entirely vegetated with woven willow and honeyhsuckle. The metal structure has been designed in such a way … Read More

Weeding work is over at the Traversine Villiot garden

Throughout the summer, we worked the soil within a depth of more than 30cm to remove all the roots of couch grass, nettles and brambles, as well as the stones that got in our way when loosening the soil. The … Read More

Landscaping of the mound in the Traversine Villiot garden.

Now that the whole plot has been carefully weeded, it is time to redesign the garden. First step: work on the mound. On the street side, the garden forms a mound that we decided to preserve and harmonise to create … Read More

Planting of fertilizer trees – Bala, Senegal

“A fertilizer tree is a tree whose activity enriches the topsoil of a land, improves its texture and favors its structuring” – Dupriez-de- Leener, 1993. There are several methods for planting fertilizer trees around the perimeter of a market garden. … Read More

Planting activity with children – Bala, Senegal

The children of the center and the staff are interested in the installation of this new garden. Today, we planted peppers with the children of the midwife, Anne-Marie, and the head nurse, Ousmane Barry.

Seedlings in goblet – Gouloumbou, Senegal

Cucumber, zucchini and corn seeds require larger cups that are not available locally. For this reason, we have decided to replace them with cardboard cups. The Gouloumbou farm will soon be equipped with a clod press to make compact blocks … Read More

Seedlings with the clod press – Bala, Senegal

The Ivory Foundation has made available a clod press at the Bala center that is used to make compact blocks of soil for seedlings that require larger cups. With seeds from the seed project’s partner, Agrosemens, Abdourahmane and Aurélien, on … Read More

First plantation in Bala – Senegal

With the installation of the greenhouse, it is the right time to transplant tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, peppers and lWith the installation of the greenhouse, it is the right time to transplant tomatoes, eggplants, bell peppers, chili peppers and lettuce. These … Read More

Installation of the greenhouse – Gouloumbou, Senegal

The Gouloumbou greenhouse, was ordered from a designer based in Dakar, was transported to the site and assembled by 3 technicians and assisted by the entire farm staff. The assembly was done in several steps and by several teams: – … Read More

Installation of the greenhouse – Bala, Senegal

The greenhouse for the Bala health center, ordered from a designer based in Dakar, was brought to the site and assembled by 3 technicians with the help of Abdourahmane and the employees of the medical center.  The greenhouse is made … Read More

The rainy season in Bala – Bala, Senegal

Rainy season or winter season in Senegal starts slowly in April with the arrival of the monsoon which gradually invades the country. Rainfall increases slowly at first until August when it peaks. In September, the decrease is marked and in … Read More

The Grand Potager’s herb spiral is growing beautifully

The Grand Potager’s herb spiral benefitted from the last months’ sunny weather. Thyme, sage, rosemary, oregano, savory, chervil or even basil have developed on the low wall’s rocks. The aromatic garden is surrounded by a willow hedge which was braided … Read More

The Grand Potager’s raised mounds

At the Grand Potager on the Domain of Fontenille, we tried out a raised mound technique, connected by a teepee giving inclined support to climbing beans and marrows, thanks to a weaving which was handmade with ropes. This green cover … Read More

Spring has settled in the Grand Potager’s bioclimatic greenhouse

The bioclimatic greenhouse allowed us to be right on time to prepare all the seedlings that are now growing in the garden. There are still some zucchinis to prick out, and an incredible nasturtium which spent the winter in the … Read More

Nobadane Greenhouse Installation – Senegal

The Nobadane farm is located 10km from Diokhar.  In order to increase the production of seed farms in the MBour region, the Ivory Foundation financed the construction of an additional greenhouse of 200m2. APAF has identified one of its agroforestry … Read More

Preparation of crop beds – Bala, Senegal

Following a plan, the crop beds were prepared by Abdourahmane, the person in charge of the garden, and Aurélien, on a mission for the foundation, before the installation of the greenhouse, according to a grid allowing free movement in and … Read More

Tasting at the Grand Potager

The exploration of the Grand Potager is not only one to see and to smell. The children were able to taste a couple of fruits and edible flowers, especially marigold and nasturtium. For those who feel unsure about the flowers, … Read More

A new Traversine garden in the 12th arrondissement of Paris

On 5 July 2021, Designing Hope signed an agreement with Paris Habitat to take charge of the development of a garden in the Villiot-Rapée residence. This new garden is named Traversine Villiot and is a logical complement to the first … Read More

Land art session at the Grand Potager

The children from the Lauris school dedicated themselves to a land art activity. By giving free rein to their imagination and to their sense of artistic creation, the children proposed a beautiful catalog of natural compositions. Each one of them … Read More

Seeding of fertilizer trees – Bala, Senegal

By partnering with APAF, an association for the promotion of fertilizer trees, The Ivory Foundation wishes to use the benefits of agroforestry in the seed production process. Several species of trees have been planted in the nursery: Mellifera, Leucaena, Gliricidia, … Read More

Flower hunt for Lauris school children at the Grand Potager

During a day at the Grand Potager, nursery classes from the Lauris school had the opportunity to be involved in a flower hunt. Near the bioclimatic green house and the aromatics spiral, a lot of flowers are present. The exercise … Read More

First sprouts in Bala, Senegal

After only 3 days, the first shoAfter only 3 days, the first sprouts of different varieties of tomatoes or eggplants are emerging from the patches. In the cultivation protocol, a regular report of the number of successfully germinated seeds and mature … Read More

Introduction to composting and observation of the compost’s useful insects

In front of the Grand Potager’s compost, the students from Lauris’ nursery school learned how to sort their waste. Plastic ? In the recycling bin ! Leftover chicken ? In the garbage can ! Vegetable peel ? In the compost … Read More

Pedagogical tools at the Traversine garden

During the Mayor of the 12th arrondissement’s of Paris visit to the Traversine garden, we displayed the pedagogical tools which were conceptualized by Dessine l’Espoir, such as the nutrition games. The children of the Bercy school had the opportunity to … Read More

Beginning of seedling in the center of Bala – Senegal

At the Bala health center, trays are being prepared with seeds from the project’s partner, Agrosemens: tomatoes, eggplants, chili peppers, bell peppers and lettuce. The trays were purchased in the region of Mbour, in Sandiara, because they are not available … Read More

Visit to the henhouse at the Grand Potager’s pond

During their visit to the Grand Potager, the students of the Lauris school paid a visit to the working hens. They are retired hens, which have been collected by the Grand Potager to spend a quiet retirement, after having spent … Read More

A mural in the Traversine Villiot garden

To go along with the arrival of our educational garden in Villiot, Paris Habitat commissioned the artist Pascal Schulz, accompanied by two young people from the Jeunesse Feu Vert foundation working in an educational project, to create a mural. Until … Read More

Discovery of the biodiversity around the Grand Potager’s pond

During their visit to the Grand Potager, the students of the Lauris school paid a visit to observe the pond which is located next to the henhouse, so as to learn many things about the biodiversity that can be found … Read More

The Grand Potager in bloom

The sun provides a lot to the Grand Potager, flowers are abundant and the garden buzzes with bees who come to delight in this diversity of scents and colors.

Installation of a compost in Bala – Senegal

Every day, the center’s kitchen prepares the staff’s meals and the cooks make vegetable and fruit peelings available f Every day, as the center’s kitchen prepares meals for the staff, cooks provide vegetable and fruit peeling for the recently-set-up compost.A … Read More

Paint on vegetal stamps by the Bercy nursery school’s students

The Bercy nursery school students took part in an unusual painting activity. After drawing branches on paper sheets, they got to decorate them with multicolored fruits, by using lemons, bell peppers, zucchinis, onions, celery and artichoke leaves as stamps to … Read More

The land before the work – Bala, Senegal

The Ivory Foundation has chosen to set up a pilot garden in the Bala health center, which will be dedicated to the production of organic seeds that will provide seeds for the populations of the 40 villages that are visited by … Read More

Nasturtiums are blooming after a winter in the greenhouse at the Grand Potager, Lauris, France

The nasturtiums spent the winter in the warmth of the bioclimatic greenhouse of the Grand Potager. Here they are in full bloom, declining several shades of yellow and orange… Pleasure for the eyes and for the palate, as these flowers … Read More

Sowing with the farm’s trainees – Gouloumbou, Senegal

“Alone we go faster, together we go further” With the help of the farm’s trainees, preparation of the trays with the 5 varieties of seeds provided by our seed partner, Agrosemens: tomatoes, eggplants, peppers and lettuce.

Bees collecting pollen at the Grand Potager

The bees living in the Grand Potager are enjoying the spring and taking great delight in the colourful flowers’ pollen. These essential insects greatly participate in the pollination of the garden’s flowers.

Preparation of crop beds – Gouloumbou, Senegal

 The beginning of work at the Gouloumbou farm with the help of trainees from the Tambacounda school.  For the farm, this is the beginning of its involvement in the project of a vegetable seed production chain in Senegal undertaken by … Read More

Discover the Gouloumbou farm – Senegal

The 4 hectare Gouloumbou farm was founded by the French-Senegalese NGO Leeket-Bi and the FMSR foundation. The farm is equipped with solar panels that power a powerful pump to collect water from the Gambia River and store it in a … Read More

Visit and training at the Diokhar farm – Senegal

The Diokhar farm is the site where the local seed production project was launched in 2019 by APAF Senegal with the support of The Ivory Foundation and Agrosemens. As this project is intended to be developed on two other sites … Read More

Experimentation of the set-in-nature theatre at the Grand Potager

Track game at the Grand Potager series 5/5 Last step of the discovery day at the Grand Potager. This open-air theatre is a mere frame made of wooden tubes which is fastened between two small trees. Inspired by puppet theatre, … Read More

Balancing game at the Grand Potager

Track game at the Grand Potager series 4/5 Another step in the discovery day at the Grand Potager. Balance, patience and focus, all of these were required for the children to succeed in the balancing game’s journey. The game consists … Read More

Land art activity at the Grand Potager

Track game at the Grand Potager series 3/5 Third step of the discovery day at the Grand Potager: land art ! This artform consists in using materials from nature for esthetics purposes. The children had the opportunity to create their … Read More

Observation and drawing at the Grand Potager

Track game series at the Grand Potager 2 / 5 Back to the rest of the discovery day at the Grand Potager. The children focused on drawing reproductions of different elements of the garden, like the keyhole, the mandala, or … Read More

Walk in the Grand Potager park

Track game series at the Grand Potager 1 / 5 At the Grand Potager of Fontenille, 20 children of the Lauris summer camp came to discover the garden’s track game. During an afternoon, the children had a walk through the … Read More

Glasshouse sowing at the Traversine

The preparation of the seedlings in the small glasshouses has been the opportunity to try out a new grid pattern, removable and reusable, which is more sustainable than the one-use only sowing trays. The tomatoes and the bell peppers are … Read More

Track game around the garden and initiation to bird calls at the Traversine garden

The children of the Bercy schools have taken part in a treasure hunt in the Traversine garden. During the journey, they discovered different parts of the garden: the mandala, the pergola’s herbs, the insect houses and even the vegetal teepee. … Read More

Malem Wog Wog garden, Senegal

Malem Wog Wog is one of the 5 gardens located on the outskirts of Dawady benefiting from the spreading of good agroecological practices supported by the local association Am Be Koun. This garden is managed by a GIE (Economic Interest Group) … Read More

In-class intervention on selective sorting, Bercy, France

Did you know that it takes 27 plastic bottles to make one recycled sweater? It’s worth sorting your waste to recycle it, right? The activity leaders of the Traversine garden have prepared an activity on selective sorting for the kindergarten … Read More

Bee watching at the Grand Potager, Lubéron, France

At the Fontenille domain, the garden is a shelter for many insects: on his own, the garden attracts a huge number of auxiliary insects. Today, as the fist flowers arrived, the children observed bees foraging the garden’s flowers.

The Biodiversity Game!

Developed in 2018 by Designing Hope, the Biodiversity Game introduces children to current environmental issues in a playful way. Up till now uniquely developed in its prototype version for the Bercy school, the game is being developed in a small … Read More

Spring has come at the Traversine garden in Bercy, France

Spring is here, the strawberries on the green wall are blooming and will soon be ready to pick. New patches of spinach and salad have been sowed. Nice weather is slowly coming back !

Vegetal portraits at the Traversine garden, Bercy, France

One of the Traversine garden’s itinerary steps consists in inviting the children to create vegetal portraits.  Glass frames are at their disposal, on which they draw, by transparency, vegetal decorations on their friends’ faces. These artworks are inspired by artist … Read More

Drilling at St Paul’s school, Lesotho

With the support of The Ivory Foundation, drilling was organised last February 2021 at St Paul’s school. A relief for the St Paul’s farm and school, which faces water shortages every year. Water network cuts are regular during the dry … Read More

Potato and marrow crops at the educational farm of St Monica, Lesotho

Young people from the educational farm of St Monica have harvested an important amount of potatoes and marrows. They can reach amazing sizes : it allows for the preparation of many meals for the young gardeners! These vegetables, especially potatoes, … Read More

Insect house making workshop in Lauris, France

Every wednesday at the Grand Potager in Fontenille children are offered a creative workshop. This week an insect house making workshop took place, which was an opportunity to children and their parents around a do-it-yourself activity under the sun ! … Read More

Life continues in the garden at Roosboom, South Africa

Despite Covid-19 having slowed down the garden’s activity last year, the children and women of the garden enjoy the products of their crops. Thanks to the milpa technique, which consists in simultaneously growing corn, climbing beans and courgette on the … Read More

Construction of a pond at the Grand Potager de Fontenille

A pond has been built by the animation team of the Grand Potager. A new feature of the garden, it is a real refuge for biodiversity: dragonflies, toads, frogs, newts, birds, beetles, etc. These animals will be all the more … Read More

Saffron tasting made in Traversine!

Last October, we were lucky enough to harvest a good quantity of saffron at La Traversine, enough to cook a nice little dish! So, after being dried, the saffron was ground into powder in a stone mortar, then infused in … Read More

Plantation of Peruvian oca at La Traversine garden

With the arrival of Spring, it is possible to sow and plant more and more crops at the Traversine. This year, for example, we wanted to introduce the children to a new vegetable, the Peruvian oca! It is a pinkish-red … Read More

First cabins at Malanti’s garden, Eswatini

The construction of little cabins has just started. These cabins are the result of a local and sustainable economy: they have been made using wood from local forest production and have been assembled by a company located near the center. … Read More

The end of the dry season in the Yagma garden

Since mid-October, it is the dry season in Burkina Faso. Rain is very scarce and temperatures are close to 40°C in Ouagadougou. Even though the rains are coming, it is still necessary to water the crops, here the courgettes, so … Read More

Sweet potato installation at Malanti garden, Eswatini

The development of the Malanti field is ongoing and the plantations begin with sweet potatoes! This species is particularly well adapted to the landscape of small mountains and hills with rocks in Eswatini, as well as its tropical climate. The … Read More

Video- seedling in the Grand Potager of Fontenille

In this video, Emile shows us an example of a beneficial crop combination in the Grand Potager de Fontenille, in the Luberon. Here, the cultivation mound is composed of white onions associated with savoy cabbage. This combination of alliums and … Read More

Seedling in the bioclimatic greenhouse of the Grand Potager

Temperatures are slowly rising in the South and it’s time to plant! Indeed, as the heat will be higher in the greenhouse, it will be an ideal setting to germinate young shoots. So, seedling lines have been drawn in a … Read More

Soil preparation at the Garden of Skills

The malanti field has been completely cleared. The grass that has been removed will be used for compost as well as for mulching the crops. In addition, the sweet potatoes that were planted a little over a month ago are … Read More

Creation of the access road to the Malanti site

Malanti Garden is located about 20 km from Piggs Peak, high up on the main road to Mbabane, the capital of Eswatini. This makes it a popular and easily accessible location for the surrounding population. However, as the Malanti garden … Read More

Efficiency assessment of the bioclimatic greenhouse

Feedback on the bioclimatic greenhouse of the Grand Potager de Fontenille, in Luberon, 3 years after its construction. Sebastien Dutherage, its designer, analyses its strong points, and also sheds light on possible improvements.  

Presentation of the Campagnole at the Grand Potager

Emile shows us in video the steps to prepare the raised beds of cultivation. First step: loosening the soil with the Campagnole! The Campagnole is a particularly interesting tool when practicing permaculture in the garden.Invented by Vincent Legris, in collaboration … Read More

Work begins on the Malanti garden!

The first developments began in Malanti Garden, north of Eswatini (formerly Swaziland). As the seasons are reversed compared to the northern hemisphere, it is currently summer in this part of the world, but it is also the rainy season. The … Read More

Cutting workshop activity at the Grand Potager!

The animation team of the Grand Potager organised this Wednesday afternoon a cutting workshop activity in the garden. The mild temperatures of the last few days and the coming arrival of spring mean that it is currently a good time … Read More

Development of the covered area in St Paul

At St Paul’s School in Lesotho, deaf and hard of hearing young people have started to lay out the crop boards for the covered area, which they have even built. As a reminder, the purpose of this covered area is … Read More

Maintenance of Roosboom garden

Zanele, Lulu and Fisani look after the Half Way House in Roosboom as if they were at home, children like those of a big family. The Roosboom Haf Way House is a little paradise in this underprivileged township of Roosboom.After … Read More

The Milpa culture of Roosboom

As part of the Roosboom garden’s educational programme, a plot of Milpa combining maize, climbing beans and courgettes has been set up. This technique of cultivation on different levels optimises the production of vegetables on a reduced surface area: the … Read More

Harvests in St Monica farm

For more than a year now, young deaf and hard of hearing people supported by The Ivory Foundation have been running St Monica’s educational farm in Leribe, Lesotho. The farm is fortunate to be located close to a borehole, and … Read More

The Traversine garden under the snow

Snow and cold weather enveloped the Traversine garden this week. Some plants that had resisted until then, such as the nasturtium, did not survive the winter conditions. Spinach and beetroot braved the cold before making a strong comeback. As for … Read More

The garden of Macambeni, winner of the Raja Awards 2020

Cyrille Varet, president of Dessine l’Espoir, presents the Macambeni garden project, winner of the Raja Awards 2020.

Decoration of the bird boxes at the Grand Potager

After having made the bird boxes that will soon be scattered around the Great Vegetable Garden, the children set about decorating them. To do this, they used materials found in nature such as dead leaves, small branches, moss and flowers. … Read More

Manufacture of bird boxes at the Grand Potager !!

It’s time to install bird boxes in your garden or on the wall of your house if you haven’t already done so! With urbanisation and intensive agriculture, natural nesting boxes (cracks in walls, dead trees, hedges…) are becoming less and … Read More

The garden in the suburbs of Dawady

After setting up the farm school in Dawady, 60km from Tambacounda in Eastern Senegal, with the local expertise of Am Be Khoun and the financial support of The Ivory Foundation and ULB cooperation, The Ivory Foundation commissioned Am Be Khoun, … Read More

Maintenance of Dawady’s garden

Dawady’s farm school, located 60km from Tambacounda in Eastern Senegal, has really taken off! This project started in 2018 with the local expertise of Am Be Khoun and the financial support of The Ivory foundation, in association with ULB cooperation, … Read More

Preparation of new cultivation beds

At the “Half Way House”  in Roosboom, a home opened by the association @designinghope for orphans in this disadvantaged township in South Africa, the garden is used to produce fresh vegetables for the meals served daily to the children. This … Read More

The Grand Potager under the snow

Snow covered the garden at the beginning of the year, temperatures dropped rapidly this week and the garden was dressed in white. Cold resistant vegetables were planted in the garden in the autumn such as spinach and salad, the snow … Read More

Movie on St Monica farm, Lesotho

After having supported the St Paul School for the Deaf for 3 years by financing a micro educational farm that can accommodate 5 to 8 students to learn farm management (agroecology, cereal cultivation, animal husbandry), The Ivory Foundation has imagined … Read More

Preparation of the cultivation beds in Yagma garden

In the agroforestry garden of the Yagma school on the outskirts of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso, pupils are involved in its maintenance and the preparation of the cultivation beds, which contribute to the improvement of their daily meals. This garden, … Read More

School of St Paul for the Deaf, Lesotho

The aim of this film is to present the pedagogical garden of St Paul’s School in Lesotho and how it helps to improve the living environment of children. Supported by The Ivory Foundation, this micro-farm enables the school canteen to … Read More

Macambeni Community Garden and impact on the neighbourhood – Piggs peak, Eswatini

Macambeni is one of the most underprivileged areas of Piggs Peak, a town north of Estwatini. It is here that the association Dessine l’Espoir, with the support of The Ivory Foundation and its local partner Fundzisa Live, has chosen to … Read More

The garden of Saint Monica, Lesotho

The 6 young deaf and hard of hearing people manage the Saint Monica Educational Farm in Leribe, Lesotho, funded by The Ivory Foundation in 2019. Within a year they have structured a wasteland into a fertile and productive plot of … Read More

Our Mandala gets ready for winter!

After having welcomed peppers and sweet potatoes for our greatest pleasure, the first frosts had made it look sad… After harvesting the peppers and sweet potatoes, we could proceed to the maintenance of the mandala, beginning with weeding the mounds … Read More

Launching of “tracking game” at la Traversine garden

This week at the Traversine, the treasure hunt was happily inaugurated by the children. For about 1 hour, they  were able to discover the garden and its components (mandala, keyhole, wall, pergola of herbs etc. …) through a fun and … Read More

New season, new culture in Yagma

The agroforestry garden at the Yagma school on the outskirts of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso has been prepared for a new growing season. Cabbage has been favoured on these new beds, and it will enhance the meals in the canteen. … Read More

Children from Roosboom visit the garden

Every day, 40 orphans from the township of Roosboom are welcomed at the Half Way House of Designing Hope, a centre where different activities are offered to the children for 2 hours after school. T hey receive a hot meal, … Read More

Collages with natural materials

La Traversine is full of inspiring natural elements for craft activities! The children went there to collect leaves and sticks of different shapes and colors. Our little artists then assembled and glued them together to create people and animals. It … Read More

Some news about the herbal spiral of the Grand Potager

At the Grand Potager of Lauris, the Mediterranean climate is favourable to the cultivation of aromatic plants. This is why a spiral of aromatic herbs was developed in the spring of 2019. And it is developing wonderfully well!  This structure, … Read More

Egg harvesting

The farm’s 20 native hens produce a good quantity of eggs, enough to provide a food supplement for the youngs. Associating small-scale animal husbandry with gardening is important for the economic balance of the St Monica educational farm in Leribe. … Read More

Distribution of meals during lockdown

Roosbom’s “Half Way House” has adapted its functionning to the sanitary measures implemented in South Africa. A non-contact thermometer was purchased to check the children’s temperature before entering the center. The children can still benefit from a complete and healthy … Read More

Animal care at St Monica

This year at the farm of St Monica, a damaged building has been rehabilitated in order to welcome the sheep in good conditions and to be able to store the fodder. Moreover, this building also aims to isolate the females … Read More

Life on the farm in St Monica, Leribe, Lesotho – Episode 5 – The vegetable garden

Last episode of the mini-serie about the life in St Monica farm. The young people invest time and energy to develop their vegetable gardens, while at the same time involving the principles of agroecology and permaculture. In this film, young … Read More

The chilli pepper Christmas tree of the Grand Potager

In the garden, winter has arrived with its first frosts. Our mandala was not spared, the sweet potatoes died out on a weekend, and the chilies that kept them company did not survive either… What to do with all the … Read More

Autumn colors at the Grand Potager of Fontenille

The last tomatoes have been harvested in the Grand Potager while the autumn vegetable plants make their appearance on the growing beds. Chard and young mustard shoots develop well. During this season, it is also the occasion to harvest the … Read More

Autumn colors at the Grand Potager of Fontenille

The last tomatoes have been harvested in the Grand Potager while the autumn vegetable plants make their appearance on the growing beds. Chard and young mustard shoots develop well. During this season, it is also the occasion to harvest the … Read More

New cultivation area covered

At St. Paul’s School in Leribe, Lesotho, deaf and hard of hearing youth have begun building a covered area to protect crops from the scorching summer sun. A net with reduced opacity (40%) reduces evaporation and protects the crops. A … Read More

Harvesting of Jerusalem artichokes

We organized this afternoon a Jerusalem artichoke harvesting activity at the Traversine. It was an opportunity for the children to discover this vegetable which is unknown to most of them. The harvest was good and the children were able to … Read More

The hedge of the Grand Potager

Last week we received twenty shrub seedlings at the Grand Potager for the creation of a gourmet hedge. It will have two functions: to produce small fruits and berries for the visitors of the vegetable garden but also to create … Read More

Star-shaped crop boards

The young people of Saint Monica have had a new idea to create new crop boards! Putting their knowledge of mound creation into practice, they rethought the concept to make it a creative and original work. This initiative will be … Read More

Learn how to sort the garbage

In order for the elementary school children to go home with the right gestures and to better understand the principle of composting in the garden, we organized a waste sorting activity. Through the game of selective sorting, the youngsters were … Read More

Our memory game, olfactory version!

The children took advantage of their visit to the garden this afternoon to inaugurate our herb game! This is a Memory game, but the cards to be turned over are replaced by small boxes to be opened. Each one has … Read More

Welcome to the Tipi !

The Tipi is a traditional North American Indian habitat. It is composed of long wooden poles leaning on each other and covered with animal skins. At the Traversine, the Tipi is being revegetated: we have replaced the animal skins with … Read More

Discovery of the insect hotel

The insect hotel contains several compartments that correspond to “rooms”. Each of them hosts a specific family of insects, depending on the materials used: pine cones and moss for the ladybugs, piles of bark for the sowbugs, stumps and dead leaves for … Read More

Yagma’s mandala

We took advantage of the recent extension of Yagma’s garden to install a mandala. This flowering garden is a common module in all our educational gardens. In this version, we have favored “basin” planters to retain water in case of … Read More

Snack time at La Traversine !

Feeling hungry ? The children took advantage of their time in the garden to taste the last strawberries and cherry tomatoes. At the same time, they discovered the mini greenhouses, which allowed us to have a good harvest this year. … Read More

No waste at La Traversine, everything is transformed !

After collecting spoiled vegetables from the neighborhood organic grocery store, the children poured them into the central compost bin of the keyhole. We also added a bucket of dead leaves collected in the yard that we mixed with the vegetables. … Read More

Spin the wheels !

With a bread apple on their shoulder and a bark on their head, the children were able to play the new Traversine agility game. The goal of the game?  To make the two wheels in the garden turn. The “object” … Read More

Summer is coming at Roosboom’s gaden

In November, temperatures become warmer in South Africa. It is therefore an opportunity for the gardener and the women who are in charge of the garden to involve the children of the center in harvesting the last winter vegetables and … Read More

Meal preparation at the Half-way House

Today, on the menu, a vegetable and spinach sauce from the garden and an egg from the henhouse to accompany the rice! The youth could enjoy their lunch in the open space “Thebe Magugu”, the South African creator and sponsor … Read More

Life on the farm in St Monica, Leribe, Lesotho – Episode 4 – The Milpa

New step toward autonomy: with the help of the crop manager, young people put their knowledge of agroecology into practice. This film shows the setting up of a Milpa plot, with the principle of the 3 sisters: Corn, climbing beans … Read More

Autumn harvest at la Traversine

Autumn is here! Mirana presents her harvest of the last vegetables of summer, displayed on the hopscotch in the schoolyard of Bercy School: cherry tomatoes, squash, courgette, Jerusalem artichokes, onions, potatoes…  

The vegetables of the Grand Potager

Between flowers and vegetables, the harvest was fruitful and colorful at the Grand Potager de Fontenille! We have squashes, eggplants, peppers of all sizes and shapes. Enough to prepare good meals for the coming weeks.

Halloween land art activity

The fall season is now here at the Traversine and with it its lot of colors: yellow, orange, red, brown… It’s the opportunity to organize a land art activity with the children using the leaves of the yard. With Halloween … Read More

Sheep shearing

Lesotho is a large producer of wool. Thus, many shepherds live in the mountains with their animals for part of the year, as shearing sheep is a traditional activity in this mountainous country. It was therefore important to valorize it … Read More

Construction of bird boxes

In order to welcome even more birds in the garden, new nesting