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


In the same category :

Vertical culture

Companion planting

The mulch

Raised garden beds

The Mandala

Mobile henhouse

Seedlings grow

Planting in the greenhouse will soon be ready in the mini greenhouses of the Traversine! Tomatoes, peppers, eggplant … A few more weeks and they will be ready to set up Outdoors!

The Grand Potager, Labeled

The Grand Potager has become a refuge for birds… Following the establishment of its small bird shelters, it is now a refuge labeled LPO (Ligue de Protéction des oiseaux – Bird Protection League)   Birdhouses

Strawberries in preparation on the Traversine Garden

First flowers on the strawberry plants of the Traversine ! While waiting for the fruits, we are content with the colored fruits of the panels painted in Burkina Faso by Solstène, painter of the Laafi Village in Koudougou.    

Surprising early growth at the Traversine Garden …

Spring is just around the corner and the salads are already here! With chives, and nasturtium leaves, for vitamins … Culture in the city, on a roof, enjoys ideal sunshine, with a few more degrees, which shifts harvests by 3 … Read More

The mobile chicken house

The hens of the Grand Potager accompany the gardeners in the soil preparation work.   The mobile enclosure makes it possible to move their living area, to weed, to enrich the soil with their droppings, and collect some slugs…  

The small watercourse

In order to promote biodiversity in the Grand Potager of the Fontenille area, the bed of a small stream has been cleared to encourage its flow to the vegetable patch. A small pool will thus constitute a new refuge for … Read More

Distribution of food packages at Piggs Peak Hospital

Designing Hope funds each month the distribution of 30 “baskets” at the Piggs Peak hospital consisting mainly of vegetables, partially produced by Designing Hope at Macambeni garden, on the outskirts of Piggs Peak. These baskets are intended for targeted HIV-positive … Read More

Wild salad tasting

The chef and cooks from gourmet restaurant “Le Champs des Lunes” where invited by the team of the Grand Potager in Fontenille to attend a training of recognition and tasting of  wild salads. This workshop  was organized by Sylvie and … Read More

Milpa culture

Now that the corn has grown and the squash is growing, it’s time to plant beans to their feet ! The principle of milpa is the optimization of space, by the association of three plants, which provide mutual benefits to … Read More

Roosboom team

3 women and one gardener run the Half Way House in Roosboom every day. In the morning, Lulu, Fisani and Zanele are also in charge of a home base care mission for HIV-positive patients living in Roosboom, entrusted by the … Read More

Vegetal paint workshop

In the Grande Section class of Bercy, we did an activity on vegetable painting. We first presented the different vegetables, such as the red cabbage that we used to make different colors of paint. Then we carried out the various … Read More

Treasure Hunt at the Grand Potager

During a school outing, children from Lauris’ school were invited to participate in a treasure hunt through the Grand Potager de Fontenille and its forest paths. Small signs were placed in trees amongst the Domain, presenting different kind of birds, … Read More

Preparation of greenhouse seedlings

Spring is approaching … It’s time to make the first sowing in the greenhouses of La Traversine garden. As part of extracurricular activities, the children of Bercy primary school were invited to participate in this sowing activity in the mini … Read More

Transplanting seedlings in Macambeni garden

The women are busy planting the vegetables grown in the greenhouse on the Macambeni garden. The Mandala Garden is also ready for new crops. It has been covered with a layer of mulch to keep the culture beds moist.

Small livestock activity at St Monica, Lesotho

On Saint Monica’s farm, in order to diversify resources for young people, a small livestock farming activity has also been set up. Herewith, around twenty hens raised in open air and ten sheep were acquired thanks to the support of … Read More

New Students at St Paul School for the Deaf

New students took over the former 5 young people, who at the end of their training, settled on Saint Monica’s farm with the support of The Ivory Foundation. The new St Paul’s team will learn all the steps of running a … Read More

The mandala, ready for new seedlings

The Mandala of St Monica, realized in November 2019, is empty!The fertile soil of its petals allowed the vegetables to grow quickly, and be harvested early February. Again, raised bed cultivation has shown its effectiveness, especially at the end of … Read More

New raised beds in St Monica

The farm of St Monica has a limited cultivable surface. They have to optimize space in the farm to obtain a sufficient crop yield and a mid-term objectif of financial autonomy. To achieved this, a long slope covered in grass … Read More

Thebe Magugu’s visit in Roosboom

The South African fashion designer Thebe Magugu, went to Roosboom to visit Desining Hope’s Half Way House in February 2020. He discovered the outdoor exhibition of his creations photographed by Aart Verrips on scarecrows, in the open fields. This exhibition … Read More

Traditional meals using vegetables from the garden

Within the projects supported by Designing Hope, women are invited to cook vegetables from the garden during group activities. This is an opportunity to encourage families to improve their nutrition. At Fundzisa Live’ support group, the women take turns preparing … Read More

Hospital’s seedlings

New seedlings are being prepared in the Designing Hope’s greenhouse at Piggs Peak Hospital. They will be send to the Macambeni garden in a few weeks …

Cooking class in St Monica

The young people of St Monica’s farm find themselves for the first time independent, in charge of preparing their meals. The Ivory Foundation first covers their needs in basic products (oil, cornmeal, lentils and vegetables not available in the garden … Read More

Making a mini-compost

During school time activities, we decided to make a mini-composter with the children of Bercy School. For the production of our mini-compost, we needed different materials. We used as a container half of a plastic bottle. Then for the filling … Read More

Land Art with children

The pupils of the four classes of the nursery school made mandalas with vegetable elements. Those have been found during winter at the Grand Potager in Fontenille. Mandala is a word in Sanskrit language which means circle. In permaculture, the … Read More

Repotting our cuttings

It’s time to repot our small cuttings that have grown… For this,  we were helped by little hands…Each child was able to make their own potting, so we marked their names on their respective potty. Thus, the children will be … Read More

Food distribution in Macamabeni Creche

With the support of The Ivory Foundation, Designing Hope supports the Macambeni crèche, and improve the meals of its 20 disadvantaged children with vegetables produced in the garden. Depending on the season and the yield, a supplement is delivered every Monday … Read More

Transplanting salads on La Traversine

The elementary children from Bercy came to help us plant our crops on the roof of the school, in the Jardin de la Traversine. On the program, transplant salads that have sown on their own, thanks to the feet that … Read More

Collective participation

At the end of a school day, Yagma’s students go to the garden and participate in its maintenance and watering. Vegetables that will soon enhance their meals served in the canteen…

Distribution of meals at Roosboom

Each week, Dessine l’Espoir organizes the delivery of meals for Roosboom’s children with a wholesaler located in the neighboring town of Ladysmith. Roosboom only has a few small convenience stores, in fact unsuitable for buying wholesale groceries (rice, oil, canned … Read More

Roosboom greenhouse

A large covered greenhouse was installed in Roosboom to accommodate the seedlings of the vegetable garden. Unlike greenhouses that we are used to seeing in European gardens, what is most important in southern Africa is to protect from the sun … Read More

Tomato boards

The garden of St Monica has been structured with the installation of several tomato boards. Linear structures made with branches support the tomato plant to prevent them from touching the ground and catching diseases.

Harvests and new crops in Yagma’s garden

New crop beds are growing at Yagma as the latest harvest of peppers and zucchini has just been made. Cabbage boards, and Milpa boards, combining squash and corn.

The Bercy scarecrow

During an afternoon in extracurricular time, the children of Bercy school went to the UMCEBO gallery and were able to discover an exhibition organized by the association Desining Hope. This exposition has been realized to the benefit of Desining Hope’s … Read More

The scarecrow the Half Way house

On the occasion of the photography exhibition organized in Paris to the benefit of Designing Hope, featuring the creations of the South African stylist Thebe Magugu on scarecrows, we proposed to the children of Roosboom to be inspired by Thebe’s … Read More

Land Art Workshop

During a school time activity at the Bercy school, we carried out a Land art workshop with children from the middle section.   Upstream, the children went to collect leaves and branches in Bercy Park. We did the activity in … Read More

The benefits of the greenhouse

The greenhouse of the Grand Potager du Domaine de Fontenille is a perfect shelter for plants sensitive to the cold, as winter approaches. Autumn seedlings are also growing, and will be transplanted soon in the garden for winter.

Creation of an aromatic spiral at the Grand Potager

It is a spiral wall of stones lined with lean soil and pebbles. Its sunny location, its structure and its components reduce temperature variations, thanks to the accumulation of heat in the stones. The elevated shape also prevents stagnation of … Read More

Educational visit to the Yagma Garden

Several times a year, technicians from APAF – the Agroforestry Proposal Association, organize visits to the garden with the children of Yagma’s school. A training program has been implemented with the support of The Ivory Foundation.

Creation of St Monica’s Mandala

In order to start vegetable production on St Monica farm, in the middle of the dry season, we chose to start cultivation on a Mandala. It is a garden in the shape of a flower, the petals of which are … Read More

Improvement of the Roosboom’s Mandala

Roosboom’s mandala has taken on curves! We have undertaken to redraw the petals, both for aesthetic purposes, but also to increase its cultivated area. A work carried out with the children of the Half Way House.

Dance around the mandala…

The Mandala becomes a place of creation for children from different countries involved in educational garden projects…  The children of the Half Way House in Roosboom, adopted their own, and prepared a choreography around the petals of the garden…  

Biodiversity library in Roosboom

50 books about biodiversity, gardening, environment, nutrition, biodiversity, were purchased by Designing Hope to enrich the Half Way House library with the financial support of the A&A Ulmann fund. Books for all ages, to discover while having fun for the … Read More

The great team

This is a great day for the 5 deaf and hearing-impaired young people trained at St Paul’s school, who after several weeks of work, can finally take over St Monica’s farm, with the support of The Ivory Foundation. Leepa Mosehle, … Read More

The establishment of the henhouse

In order to improve the nutrition of children, and with the support of the A&A Ulmann fund, a an abandoned local has been rehabilitated to accommodate a chicken coop with 40 laying hens. The room was covered, and secured with … Read More

Rabbits have arrived

The rabbits arrived at St Paul’s school. The goal of these little furballs is to provide a dietary supplement for young people, the rapid multiplication to ensure a food resource over time, especially for the future autonomous farm of St … Read More

The Hlohlo AME school pump

With support from the Ivory Foundation, a pump was purchased forEkujabuleni School, located 10 km from Piggs Peak. This pump will raise the water from the river located 200 meters below the school tosupply the school’s water reserves.The water, previously treated … Read More

Roosboom spices

Designing Hope added natural spices (Moringa powder, kurkuma, curry, etc.) to its monthly deliveries to replace the chemical condiments that are very popular in Africa. New recipes were adopted by the women who are preparing food at Roosboom Half Way … Read More

Harvesting Moringa

Moringa is both a fertilizing tree (which fertilizes the soil and the plantations that are made around its roots) and an important source of vitamin, thanks to its foliage. Moringa seeds are therefore harvested to plant new trees in the … Read More

Harvest of saffron at La Traversine

In one night, the Safran crocuses came out of the ground! A small harvest, only the orange pistil can be used to make the precious spice …

Official visit at Macambeni

The First Secretary of the French Embassy in Mozambique and the Honorary Consul of France in Swaziland went to Piggs Peak to visit the projects supported by the association. Among these, the Macambeni garden, and the crèche supported by the association.

Photo workshop with Alex Perret

For the third time, La Traversine associates the children of the Bercy school to the exhibitions of  Umcebo Gallery, also located in the 12th district of Paris. The afternoon started at the Gallery, with a group of children on extracurricular … Read More

Many varieties

More than 50 different species of old varieties of tomatoes are grown in the Grand Potager de Fontenille.

Harvests of the Grand Potager

Colorful harvests at the Grand Potager.

Colors to fill the eyes

The diversity of tomatoes in the Grand Potager.

Ready for new cultures

The cultivation boards are ready for new crops, in the shade of papaya and moringas in the garden of the Yagma school.

Colors of the garden

The chard with their colored stems bring a touch of color to the Mandala of the Grand Potager of the Domaine de Fontenille.

Watering planks

Every day the children of Half Way House help gardeners water the garden.

Preparing the soil for sowing

A mixture of potting soil, topsoil and biochar was made with the children to do the sowing in the greenhouse.

Washing vegetables

Designing Hope undertook an awareness campaign on water saving. The washing of vegetables can be a source of waste, when it is done with running water at the exit of the tank. The purchase of basins for this purpose by … Read More

Visit of Yagma Garden after classroom training.

After providing classroom training at the Yagma school, APAF accompanies the students for an educational tour of the garden.

Harvest of vegetables at St. Paul’s School

Harvest of vegetables in the garden of St. Paul’s School. The children take part to the sowing, the maintenance of the vegetables, the watering and the harvests with a woman from the association Fundzisa Live. assigned to the garden.

Distribution of food parcels

Like every month, twice a week, Fundzisa Live’s women distribute food parcels to the most vulnerable people at Piggs Peak Hospital.

Garden extension

The Ivory Foundation has funded the expansion of Yagma’s vegetable garden this year to increase vegetable production to better meet the needs of the canteen. Behind the fence, a new hedge will be made of thorny and resistant trees to … Read More

Creation of a new compost

With a view to expanding the perimeter of the vegetable garden, a new compost was implemented for the Yagma school garden. A trench of 4x1m was made on 30 cm of depth to assemble by layer the compost ingredients: herbs, … Read More

Sowing in the mini-greenhouses

Sowing day at the Traversine … We enrich the soil to prepare the spring sowing

Strawberry jam

We collected our first kilos of strawberries on the garden of Traversine.the sunshine of the terrace has been beneficial! they were sweet and fragrant!Enough to make our first jams, labeled “jams of Paris” …

Frogs and other friends from the Grand Potager

Walking Spider, frog hidden in the foliage of the greenhouse, cicada molting … An organic vegetable garden is a paradise for the garden’s friends, and a shelter for biodiversity.

Flowers and their assets

Mallow flowers, carnations, nasturtiums, pansies … All these flowers bring both colors to the garden, and originality and taste to the dishes prepared by the chef of the Domaine de Fontenille

School garden

The garden of HhoHho AME is one of the 5 school gardens set up by Designing Hope in its partner schools.

The wonders of the Grand Potager of the Domaine de Fontenille …

Romain, the gardener in charge of the Grand Potager, is a lover of nature and its diversity. Each corner of the garden is a discovery of incredible foliage, an unknown flower …

The mini-greenhouses

The mini-greenhouses of Traversine play an important role in the preparation of seedlings for the garden. The ideal sunshine of the terrace guarantees a fast growth !

Edible flowers

The collection of edible flowers from the vegetable patch includes unexpected specimens … On the program today, an invitation to bite into a flower of chives, nasturtium or borage …

The diversity of the salad

At the Grand Potager de Fontenille, diversity is also in the salad … It is multicolored, with varied flavors and leaves.

Virtuous circle of waste

Thanks to Biocoop Aligre, for this virtuous circle of waste, source of life in our garden of Traversine …

Board games

During extracurricular times, Designing Hope organizes activities with children in kindergarten and elementary school. Today, discover the “game of Goose” of Biodiversity, developed by Designing Hope.

The ewes arrived

The ewes arrived in Leribe, Lesotho. They are part of the micro-farm project imagined by The Ivory Foundation to help the deaf children of St Paul’s School, trained for two years in agriculture and livestock farming, to settle their own … Read More

The compost of the Keyhole

Today, we give food to Keyhole…

Citizen Day

For the second time this year, Dessine l’Espoir welcomed volunteers from L’Oreal on La Traversine Garden as part of the “Citizen Days” event. Production of culture tanks, sowing in greenhouses, plantations, jam preparation, they took part in small groups to … Read More

Planting trees in Macambeni

New trees were planted by the women of Fundzisa Live with the support of the Raja Foundation on the Macambeni Garden. An assortment of fertile trees and fruit trees has been put in place.

Construction of a greenhouse for sowing

An elongated greenhouse was made with the gardeners at Roosboom’s Half Way House to prepare the seedlings. A green shade was preferred to a plastic cover, to avoid excessive heat and to protect young plants from the sun, that can … Read More

Greenhouse seedling preparation

New seedlings were prepared in the nursery at Piggs Peak in Swaziland to provide both the Macambeni Gardens and school gardens supported by Dessine l’Espoir.

A garden powered by the neighborhood

All those unmarketable vegetables that are starting to rot will delight the earthworms of the garden…

Development of a cheese activity at St Paul’s school

A student from Agrosup Dijon completed a 5-month internship in Lesotho. Among other things, he organized training for making cheese, to use the milk produced by cows and sheep from the school’s educational farm.He tested both ripened cheeses and feta-type … Read More

Fall in Fontenille – The Mandala

The Mandala of the Grand Potager is still very green. Green beans are about to be harvested, as are carrots and spinach.

The brewery L’Entrepôt – supplier of peelings for the compost

All breweries have not gone to ready-made dishes and pre-peeled vegetables! The brewery L’entrepôt, located close to the school of Bercy, keeps its peelings to enrich the compost of La Traversine garden.

Winter crops in mini greenhouses

While waiting for the sowing of spring, we were able to harvest in the 4 mini greenhouses of La Traversine Garden an impressive quantity of greens !

New planks of culture on the terrace

The women of Fundzisalive in charge of the garden of Macambeni have prepared new terraced beds of culture in the garden.

Peelings for the keyhole

Every week, the peelings of l’Entrepôt Restaurant, located next to La Traversine, enrich the central composter of the keyhole.

Save water in the garden

Designing Hope encourages the preservation of the water resource. The washing of vegetables and hands is done in a basin, and the recovered water is used to wash the vegetables. Half Way House Roosboom, Ladysmith

The secret of a good compost

Leaves from the schoolyard + peelings and decomposed vegetables = Nitrogenous matter + carbonaceous matter … The secret of a good compost, 100% local

Mandala of Roosboom

The children of Roosboom took part to cultivating new vegetables on the mandala of the garden. Spinach and salads plants have been planted, replacing tomatoes that have been harvested.

One House One Garden at Rosboom

Each month, the gardeners of Silethithemba are responsible for setting up a vegetable garden in a disadvantaged household in the neighborhood, affected by HIV. The beneficiaries take part in the installation of the garden, if their state of health allows … Read More

Maintenance of the Macambeni Garden – Creation of new planks

The Macambeni Garden has required a lot of work to make it workable, given its sloping configuration. The women of Fundzisa Live work together every week to create new terracing cultivation beds. They also mix fertile and less fertile soil, … Read More

Autumn 2018 at the Traversine – Mini greenhouses

This fall, we used the mini greenhouses to grow seedlings in preparation for the winter: cabbages, spinach and chard ribs were sown. Some plants were kept in the greenhouses, while the others were replanted in the garden.

Our chicken coop

We welcomed our chickens and their first eggs. An enclosure has been built for them so that they can move around safely.

On the roof..

Let’s look at these plants that grow at the top of our school…

Mint planting with children

A kindergarten teacher organized an activity in the classroom with peppermint plants harvested from the Traversine garden. She asked each child in her class to bring a broken object, an unusable shoe that they made into a support for the … Read More

Inauguration of the Traversine

On April 29, 2019, the garden of la Traversine was inaugurated by Pénélope Komitès, Deputy Mayor of Paris, responsible for green spaces, nature in the city, biodiversity, urban agriculture and funeral affairs, and by Mrs. Catherine Baratti-Elbaz, Mayor of the … Read More

Children’s visit

Before being converted into a garden, the roof terrace of the school of Bercy had for only use to be a passage of evacuation for classrooms. This crossing path remains, in the middle of the garden, and thus inspired the … Read More

Strawberry flowers turn into fruit

Strawberry flowers turn into fruit… Soon the tasting!

It grows at yagma !

The installation of the well provides a more regular watering, which has a direct impact on the speed of growth of vegetables in the garden.

Swaziland – Garden Hospital

The hospital allowed us to increased the size of Designing Hope’s demonstration garden, which allowed us to set up a greenhouse to grow plants, without reducing the surface of the garden grown for the vegetables.

First “One House One Garden”

The women of Fundzisa Live have installed the first garden of the “One House One Garden” program. 25 beneficiaries have been identified and will be offered a closed garden of 25m2 allowing them to develop a vegetable garden protected from … Read More

Preparing meals with vegetables from the garden of macambeni

Macambeni garden vegetables are used to complement the meals served to the children of the day nursery, which welcomes orphaned children in the neighborhood.

Installation of solar panels to activate the pump

The team of Energies sans Frontières intervened at the end of January 2019 to install the solar electric system to activate the pump. The solar panels are positioned on the roof of the school.

Live hedge around Yagma’s garden

Young acacia and other thorny seedlings planted around the garden are now offering a valuable protection that will soon replace the fence, and protect the cultures from animal that can sometimes wander around the neighborhood and alter crops.

Swaziland – 2nd One House One Garden

The women of Fundzisa Live have installed their second garden of the “One House One Garden” program. 25 beneficiaries have been identified and will be offered an enclosed garden of 25m2 allowing them to develop a vegetable garden protected from … Read More

New nursery at Yagma

Two cultivation beds were used as a nursery to prepare the plants to be transplanted in the garden. The tomato plants are ready to be transplanted!

Peppers harvest !

The children of the Macambeni day orphanage today participated in the pepper harvest in the garden! They will be cooked for them this afternoon as an accompaniment to cornmeal.

Distribution of food parcels

Every month, Fundzisa Live’s women organize the distribution of food parcels to support the weakest HIV-positive patients. Green vegetables from the Macambeni Garden run by the association with support from the Raja Foundation and The Ivory Foundation, are also included … Read More

Yagma – Installation of the water tower

Early January, the water tower financed with the support of Energies sans Frontières was installed in the garden. it will be powered by the pump, and connected to sanitary on the one hand, and to the ponds dedicated to the … Read More

Greenhouse Construction – Piggs Peak Hospital

In October 2018, we set up, with the support of the Raja Foundation, a greenhouse to grow seedlings on 3 levels on a small space, that can be distributed to HIV patients in the hospital supported by Designing Hope. These … Read More

Waiting for the canteen

The students are waiting for the opening of the canteen.

Papaya grow in Yagma’s garden

The Yagma Garden is an experimental agroforestry garden. Cultivation beds are lined with fertile trees, which enrich the soil as they grow and provide shade for the crops. Fruit trees such as papayes have also been planted to maximize yield … Read More

Watering the garden at the Yagma School

Every morning and every evening, Yagma students take part in watering the garden. Since the well installed by The Ivory Foundation and Energies sans Frontières is in operation, the water problems have been greatly reduced and the garden is in … Read More

Traversine – Harvest of Jerusalem artichokes

This winter, La Traversine harvests seasonal vegetables … The “Jerusalem artichokes” gave us the idea of an animation with kindergarten students … After the harvest, we organize a tasting in class, without forgetting to recover the peelings to try with … Read More

Traversine – Painted panels

Dessine l’Espoir has entrusted Burkinabé artist Solstène with the production of painted panels to bring color to the garden in winter! 35 different panels illustrate what lives or hibernates in the garden … What help us wait for spring!

Traversine – Compost

La Traversine develops a short circuit compost … The composter of La Traversine is preparing to digest the harvest of dead leaves from the past winter! We organized the composter in 2 bins, one stock the brown leaves collected from … Read More

La Traversine From the sky!

The garden of La Traversine seen from the sky! On this 300m2 terrace on the roof of the Bercy nursery school, Designing Hope has set up an educational garden as part of the Parisculteurs project. This film offers a great … Read More

Bicycles at Laafi

In order to facilitate the maintenance of the garden, and involve all the beneficiaries of the Laafi village garden, Designing Hope financed the purchase of 3 bicycles for the women. They will be the property of the local association, and … Read More

The bee hives of the Grand Potager

Several hives have been installed in collaboration with a local beekeeper on the Grand Potager de Fontenille. They have been placed on the edge of the wood. They are an asset for biodiversity and pollination in the garden.

Summer vegetables at the Traversine

The garden of Traversine in Paris benefited from an exceptional sunshine. This first year of cultivation was a successful test for several crops: very prolific climbing beans, tomatoes, squash, salad, corn …

The cantine of Leribe

The garden of the school for deaf and hard of hearing children from St Paul to Leribe provides the canteen with fresh vegetables, which serve as an essential complement to the preparation of meals.  

Pedagogical dominoes in Lesotho

An educational domino game was designed by Designing Hope in order to introduce the diversity of vegetables to children from an early age. Designed by an artist from Koudougou in Burkina Faso, this game, painted on metal, conquered the deaf … Read More

La Traversine, summer 2018

In this short video, you will see the evolution of la Traversine, pedagogical garden created by Designing Hope on the roof of the Bercy preschool. This virtual tour goes shows the culture modules and the variety of plants growing on the … Read More

Macambeni – A well kept garden

The Macambeni garden has become a real model for the inhabitants of the neighborhood. this wasteland has become an extremely well-kept, fertile garden, producing vegetables for the most disadvantaged. Watering is done by hand, drawing water from a wet area … Read More

Vegetables stamps at Laafi, in Burkina Faso

The children of Laafi kindergarten in Koudougou conducted a plant buffer workshop proposed by Transgardens. Vegetable ends, having an interesting shape, are used as buffers for drawing with paint. The children were very impressed by the shapes and designs obtained …

Pedagogical board games in Laafi

The children of St Paul’s School for Deaf received games designed by Designing Hope and made in France and Burkina Faso. First, they received a game of goose biodiversity that is played with cards and pawns moving on trail printed … Read More

Saint Paul’s garden

The henhouse of free range native hens is booming! The laying hens have been isolated and there have been several births. Therefore the number of hens is about 80 hens. The vegetable garden is covered with cabbage and spinach, adapted … Read More

Roosboom, the Half Way House

In Roosboom, Designing Hope offers 35 children a relaxing afternoon and a good meal, after school. Dance, games, sports, creative activities, maintenance of the educational garden that also produces vegetables to prepare meals.     These children, from modest background, … Read More

Beneficiaries of the Piggs Peak Food Program

The beneficiaries of the Piggs Peak Patient Support Program were selected on medical and social criteria. A large proportion are women, as they still make up the majority of people on HIV treatment (women are required to be screened during … Read More

Alternating plots for animals and crops

A sas was built, with 2 doors, to control the exit of animals and direct them to one or the other 2 plots being intended alternately. This will make it possible to cultivate on a parcel benefiting from the manure … Read More

The Transgarden food pyramid at Bercy school

Designing Hope has designed a game around the food pyramid, with the aim of introducing the youngest to the principles of balanced nutrition. With a set of metal cards made in Burkina Faso and painted by an artist from the … Read More

Natural barriers in Macambeni Garden

Chya is really adapting well to Swaziland! The cuttings of the Fundzisa Live garden have become extremely dense shrubs, allowing more than a hundred cuttings to be harvested. We have replanted some of these cuttings along the fence of the … Read More

Construction of a mobile henhouse in Lesotho

Imagined for the Grand Potager de Fontenille in the South of France, here is a second application of this mobile hen house concept, in Lesotho this time, in St Paul school for the deaf in Leribe. The realization of this … Read More

Installation of the rope for the climbing fruits

Garden of Traversine, 13 containers were designed on the principle of tiered farming. They are used for fruiters. A first row of strawberry, halfway up the container, then a second at the front of the tank, then berries (currants, currants, … Read More

Recyled cans transformed into flowers

These flowers were made with cut cans, with the children of Macambeni, to decorate their playroom. In Swaziland there is no recycling. Plastic bottles and cans often find themselves burned in a corner of the garden, or village. As long … Read More

A recylcled vertical culture tray

Creating a terrace in an urban setting is an opportunity to find vertical farming solutions. We made this model with recovery pallets and empty bottles. The bottles were filled to 13 of clay balls to retain the water and prevent … Read More

Le Campus Vert a student initiative

Designing Hope supports the initiative of a group of students from Koudougou University, who created the Campus Vert association, which promotes sustainable farming techniques to students. A parcel was built, fenced, and the young people benefited from the operational support … Read More

frieze, tin cans and flowerpots

This is the last step of the tin cans decoration workshop! After designinig black and white friezes inspired from traditional patterns from several African countries, after having them colored by the children of Bercy, we printed them on a water-resistant … Read More

Harvesting beans

The first beans sown on the Mandala of the Grand Potager have been harvested! The Mandala thus fulfills its vocation of production and it is a pleasure to be able to grow good vegetables in such a beautiful place.

Installation of a drip irrigation system on the mandala

A drip irrigation system has been set up on the petals of the Mandala of the Grand Potager. This irrigation system is particularly adapted to the shape of the Mandala, because it allows to irrigate the plantations without watering the … Read More

The mobile henhouse

The mobile hen house has doubled its capacity! We added an additional 4m module, in the same width of 80cm, which allows to increase the capacity in hens, which are now 10, and the weeding capacity.


Each year, parts of the garden are covered with a black plastic sheets to neutralize the growth of weeds. In an aesthetic concern, straw boots are used to maintain the plastic sheet flat on the ground.

Milpa and biochar

2 cultivation plots of 14m long were set up to carry out 8 experiments on 24 squares of 50×50 x50cm deep. Experimentation of biochar on a plot of Milpa The milpa was chosen to experiment biochar, as it allows to … Read More

Experimentation around squash

At the Grand Potager, we sowed the same day, different cucurbits (squash), associated or not with the cultivation of milpa. We can notice after a few weeks, that the cucurbits growing next to the milpa grew faster than the others. … Read More

First flowers and fruits of the milpa

At the Grand Potager, we have the joy of observing the evolution of milpa (association of corn, squash and climbing beans, planted together). We can now see the formation of the first corn, as well as the first squash and … Read More

Visit of the children of the school of Lauris

The Grand Potager welcomed the pupils of the school of Lauris, for a guided tour of the Grand Potager. The children, had a visit to the different garden elements: the composting area, the keyhole vegetable garden, the insect shelter, the … Read More

Biodiversity in the garden

In the Grand Potager, animals contribute to soil fertilization. Chickens are placed in a mobile hen house that allows them to feed on the culture beds, while weeding, after harvest. Donkeys and sheep provide manure that is directly used in … Read More

Children visit at Macambeni garden

One of the objectives of the Macambeni Garden is to produce fresh vegetables for the social preschool, which is home to orphans and underprivileged children, and offers them a hot meal every day. The children are invited to visit the … Read More

Garden of fragrant, aromatic and medicinal plants

A garden of fragrant, aromatic and medicinal plants was set up this spring at the Grand Potager. Drawn according to a geometric plan, it gathers plants generally used for their aromas, their perfume or their medicinal properties. Some plants are … Read More

Experiments around the Milpa

Also known as the three sisters, milpa is an ancestral crop association of corn, climbing beans and squash. Corn serves as a stake for the beans that climbs over it. The beans fix the nitrogen beneficial to the growth of … Read More

“Goodies” of la Traversine crowd funding

Women of the Fundzisa Live’s association, made at the request of Dessine l’Espoir bags sewn and embroidered hands, stamped “Transjardins”, reproducing several vegetables. This canvas bag, ideal for shopping, is sold to the benefit of the Transjardins project. Support la … Read More

Water recovery from the micro-farm of Leribe

Gutters and a water tank were installed to collect the rainwater from the roof of the micro-farm. the tank was placed on the side of the greenhouse, and next to the future market gardening space, to recover water for watering.

Distribution of peppers and spinach from the garden

This month, Macambeni Garden’s production was used to distribute peppers and spinach to patients at Piggs Peak Hospital, in addition to basics purchased from the supermarket and local producers.  

A flowery garden in Burkina Faso

During summer, the gardener maintains the Yagma school kitchen garden. The peppers are covered with fruit. The trees are growing and will soon bring shade to the crops.  

Harvesting at the Campus Vert, in Koudougou

New pepper harvest by the Campus Vert association on their demonstration garden. New fertilizing tree seedlings were also planted to plant on the plots.

Summer fruits and vegetables

Le jardin de la Traversine bénéficie d’un ensoleillement assez exceptionnel sur le toit de l’Ecole de Bercy. Cela se ressent sur la précocité des récoltes, le goût des légumes, (les fruits sont gorgés de sucre) et le rendement assez étonnant … Read More

micro-farm partitions

The micro-farm of Leribe is divided into 3 spaces: the vertical greenhouse, a shelter for chickens and rabbits, and a shelter for goats. The interior partitions, sheltered from the rain, were made of hardboard (masonite), a very common material in … Read More

Preparation of new garden beds in Macambeni

The Macambeni Garden has been a real challenge for Fundzisa Live and Designing Hope. located on a sloping ground, a flat part, the most accessible, was digged several years ago, the fertile soil being then removed. Long-term work was then … Read More

Messicole plants

Literally, messicole means, who lives in the fields. Thus, these plants are biologically adapted to agricultural land, especially cereal crops. They are also called wildflowers, or meadow plants. Considered by modern agriculture as weeds, the development of chemical treatments and … Read More

La Traversine – Paris newsletter

La Traversine garden is presented in the journal of the 12th district of Paris, highlighting this summer the urban greening policy implemented in the district. Access the full article here

Continuous culture

In order to produce vegetables regularly both for the Macambeni Nursery and for the hospital, Fundzisa Live’s women produce seedlings continuously in their nursery. This makes it possible to have vegetables at different stages of maturity, always ready to be … Read More

L’Oreal Citizen Day at La Traversine

Designing Hope has received the support of a team of 18 L’Oréal employees for the Citizen Day. A day dedicated to the maintenance of the garden, and animation of workshops with the preschool and elementary children from bercy school.

A flowery keyhole

The Key Hole of the Grand Potager looks like a miniature of the garden of the Domaine de Fontenille … On this small surface, high, fed at its center by the compost of the kitchen of the restaurants of the … Read More

The vertical greenhouse of Leribe micro-farm

On the most sun-exposed facade of the Leribe micro-farm, a vertical greenhouse has been set up. In a space of 50cm deep, a plastic covered space has been set up, with two large doors allowing easy access to the full … Read More

Installation of rabit shelters

The Leribe micro-farm will accommodate in the same shelter rabbits, hens, and goats. The rabbits will be placed  in height, in the same space as the hens that will be on the ground. Five rabbits will be set up and … Read More

recycling cans from the canteen

The cans of the canteen were collected and painted in dark green. Filled up to 10cm of clay balls, at which level a hole was also drilled to form an overflow, they were filled with soil and biochar, and use … Read More

Teamwork with the students of St Paul school

The micro-farm of Leribe was built with the oldest studentstaht are  already involved in the agricultural project of the St Paul School. The goal is to build with them a model that can be easily duplicated by them, teaching them … Read More

The fertilizer tree of Yagma

Trees grow in Yagma’s garden! Fertilizing trees and fruit trees are growing and will soon bring shade to the garden!  

The micro farm of Leribe – Creation of the building

The Leribe micro farm is a construction set up by The Ivory Foundation at St Paul School for the Deaf in Leribe, Lesotho. The concept consist in designing on a small land, a small farm that students at the end … Read More

Vegetable Distributions to HIV+ Patients at Piggs Peak Hospital

Since 2005, Dessine l’Espoir has been supporting HIV-positive patients at Piggs Peak Hospital. For 13 years, the association has been distributing with the local relay of Fundzisa Live, snacks (sandwich and fruit) to the HIV patients of the hospital during … Read More

Association of aromatic plants

The plants of the perfume, aromatic and medicinal plant garden, are associated in groups of 2 to 4 varieties. In the garden we can find castor, borage and sweet peas grown side by side.  

Food service at Macambeni Center

One of the goals of the Macambeni Garden is to provide fresh vegetables to complement the meals served to children at the Orphan Day Care Center in this disadvantaged neighborhood. Elderly women in the neighborhood are in charge of preparing … Read More

Drawing an hotel shelter

elementary students were invited to draw an insect shelter   EnregistrerEnregistrer

The suitcase for the Half Way House

La Traversine and the Half Way House, two Transgardens educational gardens: one in France, the other in South Africa. The first is an urban garden, developed on the roof of a Parisian kindergarten with the aim of introducing youth to … Read More

Experimenting Biochar & Milpa at La traversine

The Milpa also called “the three sisters”, holds an important place in the Amerindian mythology. We use it for biochar experimentation at La Traversine.   EnregistrerEnregistrer

Drawings with the children of Macambeni

The children of the Macambeni center made drawings for the children of the Bercy preschool , as part of the “communicating classes” program, creating exchanges between educational gardens.   These drawings will be given to the children of the Bercy … Read More

A pedagogical composter

At La Traversine, a demonstration compost bin was designed to show children the evolution of the decomposition process. We fill the tank by the left, mixing leftovers, peelings (nitrogenous matter) with the dead leaves recovered from the courtyard. Then, when … Read More

Useful Insects

Designing Hope proposed in class an activity with the children of the elementary around the insects useful to the garden. A presentation of a dozen insects was made, then a questionnaire was given to the children to test their knowledge. … Read More

Atelier photo dans la cour de Bercy

Marc Dumas s’est rendu avec l’équipe de Dessine l’espoir à l’école de Bercy, pour une animation avec un groupe d’élèves, à l’occasion de son exposition à la Galerie Umcebo, à proximité de l’école. Réburbain revisite et assemble des fragments urbains tout … Read More

Marc Dumas at Bercy School

Marc Dumas took part to a workshop with pupils from Bercy School, during his “Réburbain” exhibition at Gallery Umcebo. The exibition’s subject. Réburbain revisits and assembles ordinary urban fragments, a panoply of banal, common, functional, “no quality” and “unparalleled” objects … Read More

Fruit trees in bloom on the Traversine roof garden…

In its 13 plots inspired by the agroforestry staged culture, spring is in full effervescence: Level Zero … The strawberries in bloom start to form their first red fruits, Level 1 … Blackcurrants, currants, mulberries, raspberries, are covered with flowers … Read More

The Laafi suitcase

The children from Bercy preschool made a decorated cardboard suitcase containing drawings, photos of their school, their garden, and their neighborhood, for the children of Laafi’s preschool. The suitcase was given to the association by Laetitia, responsible for extracurricular activities … Read More

Local flora drawings sent to Paris

Dans le cadre des échanges entre les enfants s’occupant de jardins pédagogiques dans leur école et réunis autour du blog “Transjardins”, les enfants de l’école Hlohlo AME du Swaziland, ont envoyé aux enfants de l’école de Bercy (Paris), des dessins … Read More

The children of Roosboom are preparing a package for the children of Bercy school

Like every afternoon, the children of Roosboom’s Half Way House come together for creative activities, sports, and garden maintenance before their meal is served. This afternoon, the children just receive a large envelopped with pictures and drawings made by the … Read More

Insect shelter

The insect shelter aims at attracting beneficial insects to the garden. La Traversine now has 3 insect shelters: 1 on the terrace, one in the preschool court yard, and one in the elementary courtyard. EnregistrerEnregistrer

Chickens and biochar

In Roosboom garden, the hen house is also a place for experimenting biochar. It is mixed with straw on the ground of the shelter. this combination has a double effect: -First, it cleans the henhouse, absorbs liquids, eliminates odors, and … Read More

Decorated friezes for the Traversine garden

In order to decorate the cans recovered from the canteen, we have imagined friezes inspired from graphics from the different countries where Transjardins works (bogolan from Burkina Faso, Zulu murals, decoration texts from Swaziland and Lesotho …) These line-drawn friezes … Read More

First harvest at Macambeni garden

The first harvest of peppers from the Macambeni Garden was offered to the Macambeni day care center in charge of the neighborhood orphans. Designing Hope and Fundzisa Live started the Macambeni garden with 2 objectives: – Provide vegetable for the … Read More

Macambeni garden is changing!

After several weeks of work, the women of the Fundzisa Live association have completed the preparation of the cultivation beds in the Macambeni Garden.   EnregistrerEnregistrer

A nursery for Macambeni garden needs

In order to quickly produce vegetables in the garden, a nursery has been set up in the office of Fundzisa Live Association, located near Macambeni. The plants can be grown with better control of the watering needs, and with better … Read More

Drilling at Yagma Garden

In order to secure the water needs of the school and its garden, The Ivory Foundation has committed financially to the completion of a drilling, which was carried out in April 2018. This drilling was a real success because it … Read More

A cover for the keyhole

A metal cover has been placed on the Keyhole of La Traversine Garden. It prevents the dead leaves placed between the kitchen waste to fly away. It retains the moisture of the compost, while providing heat that accelerates decomposition. It … Read More

Seed painting for Paris

The children of the Hlohlo AME school in Swaziland have prepared an original gift for the children of Bercy school (Paris). They picked up pods from their school’s garden big flamboyant tree and decorated them with paint. Kids from Paris will … Read More

Keyhole from Lesotho

An example of a family Keyhole in Lesotho. In this mountainous country, stones are the basic material for all buildings. The keyhole, this small elevated vegetable garden, with central composter, does not escape the rule.

Yagma cantine

One of the main goals of Yagma Garden is to produce fresh vegetables for the daily meals at the canteen.

Collages at the Laafi center

The children of Koudougou decorated tree leaves drawings by sticking metallic and colored stickers on them. These drawings will join the suitcase offered by the children of Koudougou to the children of the school of Bercy as part of the … Read More

Children of Koudougou colorings

In the context of “communicating classes”, the children of Laafi kindergarten in Koudougou colored local tree leaves, such as neem, jujubier, mango tree, drawn by a facilitator. These drawings are destinated to the children of the Bercy school preschool, in … Read More

Drawings with the students of Yagma schools

The 6th grade students at Yagma School (Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso) prepared drawings to present their school, their district and their country to the children of the Bercy school (Paris). This activity tis part of exchanges between children in schools in … Read More

A garden of fragrant, aromatic and medicinal plants at the Grand Potager

Used for their aroma, culinary taste or medicinal properties, these plants have been cultivated since the Middle Ages. Perfume plants are mainly grown for use in perfumery and cosmetics. Their essence does not always diffuse naturally, and may require some … Read More

Garden vegetables used for canteen meals

In 2017, The Ivory Foundation funded the construction and running costs of a canteen for the school’s children. Meals are charged at a very low price to encourage families to offer this meal to their children. (75 FCFA, or about … Read More

The Transgarden memory game at Saint Paul School

s part of the project Classes Communicantes, a memory game was made by craftsmen in Burkina Faso. This game has been duplicated and sent to the different centers for which Transjardins has developed educational gardens. This memory, on the theme … Read More

The response of Saint Paul School to Bercy

La Traversine and St Paul School, two educational gardens, one in France the other in Lesotho. The two educational gardens do not have the same role, the first makes it possible to sensitize the youth to the ecological problems and … Read More

The south african “suitcase”

The children of the center Siletithemba centre in Roosebom, received an envelope from the children of Bercy school in Paris. with a lot of curiosity and excitement, the young people opened the pack addressed to them and discovered letters and … Read More

The Lesotho “suitcase”

The children of St Paul’s School for Deaf were gathered for a surprise straight from France: a large envelope containing photos and letters from the children of Bercy school (Paris). Thanks to the sign language translation made by their teacher, … Read More

Soil preparation at Macambeni Garden

The Macambeni Garden, made available by the city of Piggs Peak to Fundzisa Live, the local partner of Designig Hope in Piggs Peak, presented a challenge in terms of soil preparation. Indeed, this sloping ground had been digged on part … Read More

The suitcase for Saint Paul School

La Traversine and St Paul School, two educational gardens, one in France the other in Lesotho. The two educational gardens do not have the same role, the first makes it possible to sensitize the youth to the ecological problems and … Read More

Agroforestry in Yagma: First Moringa trees

In Yagma, the garden is flourishing! The first fertilizing trees begin to grow. Souleymane Traoré, the president of APAF Burkina, explains to the children how to harvest the leaves of Moringa to use them to flavor the meals, after having … Read More

The tree of the Traversine is under constuction

The children of Bercy elementary school, in Paris, took part to the manufacture of a tree shaped sculpture made of plastic bottles, paper mache and resin. Animation sessions were conducted on Wednesday afternoons and during school holidays at the elementary … Read More

The response from Lholho AME School

La Traversine and Hhohho Ame School, two educational gardens, one in France, the other in Swaziland. These two gardens fulfill different functions; the former serves as a model garden for conducting educational activities on the theme of ecological agriculture while … Read More

The Swazi “suitcase”

The children of the “Hlohlo AME” school of Swaziland, received a big envelope from the children of Bercy school (Paris)! For this occasion, they were gathered by the director to open this envelope containing letters and photos of their Paris … Read More

The suitcase for Lholho AME School

La Traversine and Hhohho Ame School, two educational gardens, one in France, the other in Swaziland. These two gardens fulfill different functions; the former serves as a model garden for conducting educational activities on the theme of ecological agriculture while … Read More

The suitcase for Yagma school

La Traversine and Yagma School, two educational gardens, one in France, the other in Burkina Faso. These two gardens fulfill different functions; the former serves as a model garden for conducting educational activities on the theme of ecological agriculture while … Read More

The burkinabe “suitcase”

Transjardins brings together several educational gardens in France and Africa. in that context, exchanges have been put in place between projects, that share educational materials, animations, common educational games, on the theme of garden and nature, preservation of environment, and … Read More

Visit of Yagma garden

For the purpose of the communicating classes, the project trying to connect the Transgardens gardens all around the world, kids of Yagma school in Ouagadougou made a video, describing the garden and the everyday life  

Yagma garden, Season 2…

Yagma Garden just turned One year! This garden was set up by local NGO APAF with the support from The Ivory Foundation on the land surrounding the premises of Yagma School, in the suburb of Ouagadougou. It aims at providing … Read More

The greenhouses of the Traversine

The greenhouses are ready for the winter … It only needed the plexi panels to protect them from the cold

Setting up the new garden – One House One Garden

In the context of the One House One Garden project, the occupants of the Half Way House helped during the construction of the new garden. Fencing, manpower and knowledge in permaculture, every month Designing Hope allows the establishment of a … Read More

Keyhole of the world

A preview of Transjardins’s Pinterest album on keyholes:

First plantations on the keyhole!

Seeldings are placed all around, and mulch is placed to maintain the moisture. The kitchen peels are placed in the center and covered with dry mowing. The keyhole is watered to ease the decomposition process in the center.

The leaves of the yard

It’s autumn, not the greenest season for Traversine, but the opportunity to prepare biomass for spring! Every day, the staff of the 3 establishments (kindergarten, elementary and college), sweep the schoolyard to clear the dead leaves. Nothing was planned to … Read More

Shooting at The Grand Potager

A team of French television channel TF1 came to shoot at the Grand Potager of Fontenille in the presence of the children of the village of Lauris. Below Jerome Faure, the chef of the Domaine de Fontenille, in the presence … Read More

Keyhole preparation

This video shows how to prepare a key hole, using permaculture methods.  

A painted Memory game for the preschool at Laafi village

In Burkina Faso, a memory game was made using visuals from the garden. The visuals are painted by Solstène, a Burkinabé artist who is already involved in the awareness campaigns of Designing Hope. 50 visuals have been created in duplicate, … Read More

Bioclimatic greenhouse

Sebastien Dutherage, head of the Association for the Promotion of Ecological Techniques (APTE) presents the concept of a bioclimatic greenhouse made with the support of The Ivory Foundation on le Grand Potager de Fontenille in Lauris, in the South of … Read More

Autumn transplant at la Traversine

This is the ideal season to transplant, especially fruit trees.   The garden of Traversine is turning green, with plantations of mulberry, raspberry, strawberry, but also honeysuckle and wisteria ready to cover the metal structures of pergolas next spring.  

Discover the flavors of the garden

A visit was organized for the children of the Lauris school on the Grand Potager de Fontenille. At this occasion, the chef of Domaine de Fontenille, Jérôme Faure, visited the grown plots with the children, to make them taste the … Read More

Children’s visit

25 children from Lauris school visited le Grand Potager de Fontenille. Le Grand Potager, will start its pedagogical vocation, now that the garden is operational. the children visited the various centers of interest of the garden in groups of 5, … Read More

The bioclimatic greenhouse of the Grand Potager

The bioclimatic greenhouse of the Grand Potager is ready for its first seedlings! Funded by The Ivory Foundation, this experimental greenhouse was designed with the expertise of the association APTE (promotion of eco-energies, ecoconstruction and ecological practices), and carried out … Read More

The donkeys of the Grand Potager

The donkeys of the Grand Potager du Domaine de Fontenille contribute to the fertility of the garden soil. They produce a local and natural manure transformed into the composting area of the garden. On other farms, in permaculture, such as … Read More

The crushing roller

It is used to stop the growth of green manures sown on plots at rest. The action of this roller is to stop the sap flow of plants and leave a mulch on the ground. The cutting blades break the … Read More

Autumn at Le Grand Potager

Autumn is mild, the gardening boards are still green with salads, cabbage, spinach. Soon, the bioclimatic greenhouse will take over for the production of the plants, to gain a few weeks on the season.

Bec Hellouin farm in Normandy – France

Bec Hellouin farm is certainely the example of permaculture most often mentioned in France. Located in Haute-Normandie, this farm was launched by Charles Hervé-Gruyer, writer and navigator, and his wife Perrine, international jurist. Without training or previous professional experience in … Read More

Market gardening plots at Koudougou

The plots are now operational! The seedlings have been transplanted from the nursery and have recovered well. They require regular watering.

La Campagnole

La Campagnole is a tool created by La Fabriculture, a workshop of handcrafted tools based in the south of France. ( It is inspired by “the grelinette”, a basic tool of permaculture, a spade with about ten teeth, up to … Read More

Construction of the keyhole

This Keyhole was made of douglas pine and metal. The metal structure maintain the vertical boards durably, like the strapping of a wine barrel. Once the structure is assembled, the interior is covered with geotextile, to retain the soil, and … Read More

Surroundings of Roosboom

Roosboom is located 10km from Ladysmith in Kwazulu Natal. The countryside is dotted with dwellings, and many children sometimes have to walk an hour or more to get to school. Many families have the opportunity to grow a plot of … Read More


In agroforestry, hedgerows can play a dual role: A defensive role and a shelterbelt role. In Africa, in particular, the main threat to vegetable gardens comes from wandering animals, unregulated wandering herds or whose shepherds feed the animals without worrying … Read More

Video, Ferme du Bec Hellouin

Ferme du Bec Hellouin is undoubtedly the example of permaculture most often cited in France. Located in Haute-Normandie, this farm was launched by Charles Hervé-Gruyer, writer and navigator, and his wife Perrine, international jurist. Without training or previous professional experience … Read More

Collage of leaves

Autumn leaves bring their array of colors and shapes to inspire playful and multiple creations. EnregistrerEnregistrer

The mandala of Roosboom

A “mandala” garden has been set up in the vegetable garden of Siletithemba center in Roosebom, (KwaZulu Natal), South Africa. Mandala is a Sanskrit word, an ancient Indian language, which means circle. It refers to any diagrams of various forms … Read More

La Traversine – First plants

The beginning of 2017 saw the first seedlings and plants on the garden of the Traversine … The season is certainly not the best for seedlings, but we still have sown cabbages and leeks in mini the greenhouses, and lettuces … Read More

Preparing the soil for the plant nursery

One of the first steps in APAF’s agroforestry training in Southern Africa was to prepare the nursery for seed sowing. This required identifying local fertilizer trees similar to the seeds to be planted, in order to recover soil near the … Read More

Use of termite mounds

Abandoned termite mounds are used as bio-fertilizers for growing the vegetables. The soil will be recovererd and mixed to be used in the greenhouse.

Plant nursery Preparation – Mamohato Children Center

A space has been delimited to accommodate the nursery, which will produce the necessary fertilizer trees for the field.

Plants to protect the plots

In Lesotho, agaves are used as barriers to protect cultures from animals.

Mamohato Children Center

Located on the outskirts of Maseru, the capital of Lesotho, this holiday center, funded by NGO Sentebale hosts groups of HIV positive children during the school holidays for one week. They come from all over the country, and enjoy a … Read More

One House One Garden

As part of the “One House One Garden” program, the gardeners of Roosboom set up a new garden on the outskirts of the center. Cardboards were used in addition to carbonaceous organic materials.

A day in Roosboom

Small tour of the garden with the children of the halfway house in Roosboom. The children water the plots and harvest spinach that will complement the lunch that will be served to them.

Preparing meals at Roosboom

Daily, the women in charge of the Roosboom halfway house prepare meals for the children. Vegetables from the garden are used to cook the dishes.

Agroforestry – Ladysmih

On the occasion of the agroforestry training given by APAF in May 2017, a visit was organized to Ladysmith. The children of the Halfway House of Roosboom have set up a nursery and sowed the seeds of fertilizer trees given … Read More

Swaziland – Educational Garden of Hlohlo

During the winter, Swaziland has a dry climate, with sunny days, and quite cold nights. Cabbage, spinach, and salad grow well in these climatic conditions. In this garden at Hlohlo Ame Primary School, crop residues from corn have been used … Read More

Search for indigenous fertilizer trees, Piggs Peak – Swaziland

During the training given by APAF International, Pascal Humbert has been searching for fertilizer trees in the Piggs Peak region. He quickly identified the Leuceana. The Leuceana is a great asset in agroforestry: it fertilizes the soil that nourishes it, … Read More

Le Grand Potager – Setting up the Mandala

As the autumn settles in the Grand Potager, the central part is being transformed … A mandala composed of 12 petal-shaped raised-beds around a tree of Judea appears on the ground. Traced using ropes and wooden sticks, the petals are … Read More

Harvesting eggs at Roosboom’s chicken coop

Today, the children take care of the chicken coop. The chickens have started laying this week ! The manure and straw are used for incorporation into the compost and enrich the garden.

La Traversine – Construction of the Keyhole

The Key Hole is a traditional vegetable garden system used for small areas, especially in Africa. Often conceived in stones, a light version has been made for the terrace of the garden “LaTraversine”. The Key Hole of La Traversine takes … Read More

Le Grand Potager – Summer at the garden

Some photos of the Grand Potager …

Yagma under water

The rainy season has arrived … The garden of Yagma was partially flooded, the garden very soggy.

La Traversine – Filling of the trays

The construction of the beds is finished, they must now be filled! The first step is to cover the inside of the beds with a waterproof plastic sheet. For this, we used the bags of potted soil, recycling what could … Read More

La Traversine – Installation on the terrace

After several months of preparation (manufacture of metal structures, cutting of the wood), we took advantage of the summer closure of the school to install the elements on the terrace. Below are some visuals showing the steps of this installation … Read More

First fertilizing tree seedlings – Yagma

The fertilizing trees are now ready to be transplanted onto the growing beds.

Traversine – Manufacturing of the modules

4m3 of Pine “Douglas” boards were cut in an Ardèche sawmill to make the beds and structures of La Traversine garden. The timber was cut to be assembled directly on the terrace, while the metal structures were manufactured and painted … Read More

Grand Potager – The Pergola

To facilitate the circulation and visits of the garden, a pergola was set up on the central alley. Beyond the aesthetic aspect, this pergola brings two advantages to the garden: – On both sides of this pergola, climbing fruit trees … Read More

Distribution of the book of recipes

Created by Designing Hope with Joseph Fonseca, an international volunteer based in Roosboom for 2 years, this book brings together recipes inspired by simple traditional cooking using vegetables from the garden. Its aims at encouraging the consumption of fresh vegetables … Read More

Grand Potager – First strawberries from the garden

Several strawberry varieties have been planted on the Grand Potager, as well as berries (raspberries, blackcurrants, currants, blackberries …)

Grand Potager – First culture beds

After preparing the ground during winter, the first culture beds of the Grand Potager were set up in the spring of 2017. Below, tomatoes’ seedlings, planted in a square, with a system of tipi-shaped tutor, and several varieties of lettuce … Read More

Fertilizer tree nursery

The compost was used and incorporated into the plots. The shaded hut and the trenches dugged for the compost will be used now as a nursery for the fertilizing trees. Plastic bags, filled with a mixture of soil and compost, … Read More

Macambeni – creation of a pond

Below the garden of Macambeni, a wet area offers accessible water for the garden. In order to facilitate the collection, a small staircase is dug in the slope of the ground, and a small pool allows the water to be … Read More

Mamohato Children Center – preparation of the agroforestry plot

Training in agroforestry techniques was provided in May 2017 in Lesotho at the Mamohato Children Center. With one member of APAF  in charge of this training, plots have been identified in order to prepare the establishment of a vegetable garden … Read More

Planting Chaya – Ladysmith

Chaya is a plant of Central America similar to spinach. Chaya is easy to grow in temperate climate. It is tolerant to heavy rain and drought. Propagation can be done easily by cutting 20cm of the stems and planting them … Read More

Plots are ready in Yagma garden.

The compost is now in the process of decomposition. In the meantime, the plots were dug and the soil loosened, ready to receive the compost that is now ready. In the foreground, we can see the first two plots dedicated … Read More

Grand Potager – Preparation of the soil

Prior to cultivating a bed, we reduce the presence of weeds thanks to the method of occultation. This technique consists of watering the soil and then covering it with a dark plastic sheet. Thus unwanted seeds will tend to germinate … Read More

Macambeni – Preparation of the soil

The first step in taking over Macambeni’s garden consisted in clearing it. Dry grasses, cuts of trees and bushes were recovered to form a compost prepared under a garden tree. The soil extracted below a swamp was used to enrich … Read More

Evolution of Chaya Cuttings

In the space of 2 years, Chaya’s 20 cm cut has become a real bush (right in the photo), which provides leaves for cooking, and can be generously duplicated itself for other projects. This month, cuttings were sent to South … Read More


Macambeni is the name of one of the most disadvantaged districts of Piggs Peak, a city in which Dessine l’Espoir has been developing activities since 2005. In 2017, the city hall of Piggs Peak has given to the association, the … Read More

St Paul school, Leribe, Lesotho

Following the training given in 2016, the garden of Leribe is flourishing. With the help of the youth, the gardener Leepa, has multiplied the plots of cultivation, and the harvests are here.

Lesotho – Preparation of planting fertilizer trees

The seeds of fertilizer trees are covered with a natural coat which protects them but which also slows down the germination process. Some seeds require a scarification, which breaks this protective envelope. The seeds of moringa or gliricidia require only … Read More

Preparation of compost beds

The first step in the launch of the Koudougou garden is the preparation of the compost beds. Two trenches 7m long and 1m wide, 20cm deep were dug. The first trench is used for the creation of the compost bed, … Read More

Grand Potager – Planting aromatics

Along the pergola, mint, melissa, and other aromatic plants.

Grand Potager – Setting up the composting area

A composting area of 20 meters long has been set up on the Grand Potager, in order to upgrade green waste and create compartments for the storage of elements in different stages of maturation, as well as to allow them … Read More

First growing beds at Yagma

The plots have been materialized on Yagma garden with metal stakes and string. Two were dug in priority to serve as a nursery for market gardening. Seedlings sprout are coming out.

Sowing in Roosboom

Preparation of winter seedlings in plastic buckets. The seedlings will then be placed on the garden beds.

Setting up water reserves on the garden of Yagma

While waiting for a well to be dug on the ground of the school of Yagma, the water of city is used for the watering of the garden. Since the distribution is rather random, 4 reserves have been installed to … Read More

Construction of a canteen in Yagma

The Ivory Foundation is committed to support the Yagma school in the outskirts of Ouagadougou. This project has two components: -An educational garden in agroforestry on a 4000 m2 plot nera the school buildings aiming at sensitizing young people and … Read More

Nursery in Swaziland

Fundzisa Live’s garden now hosts the nursery that supplies the various gardens around Piggs Peak Macambeni Garden, Piggs Peak Hospital Garden, and the school gardens, in addition to the local nurseries allready in place in each school. The seedlings are … Read More

Fencing the garden at Yagma

The preparation of the compost requires 45 days, with 2 turnings of the compost pile to activate the maturation process every 15 days. This period was used to prepare the plots: the APAF Burkina technician has delimited the perimeter of … Read More

Grand Potager – Designing a bioclimatic greenhouse

The greenhouse will be a major element of the “Grand Potager” of Fontenille. A greenhouse that combines a modern and luminous aesthetic with the innovative concepts of the bioclimatic greenhouse, using natural and local materials. The operating principles of this … Read More

Traversine on Paris Agriculture Fair

La Traversine was presented on Parisculture booth at Paris International Agriculture fair. –

La Traversine, a pedagogical garden on the roof of a Parisian school

La Traversine is one of the 34 projects selected by the City of Paris as part of the “Parisculteurs” project to create a garden on a Parisian roof. Designing Hope has conseived La Traversine as a paired project to existing educational gardens in Africa.

Implementing compost at Yagma

The implementation of the activities linked to the project of creating an agro-forestry garden at Lycée Sainte Marie de Yagma in the outskirts of Ouagadougou, started with the support of The Ivory Foundation in March 2017. APAF Burkina, the local … Read More

Preparation of the ground in Koudougou

Since 2011, Designing Hope has been developing a partnership with the Laafi village in Koudougou in the field of awareness of early pregnancy and HIV / AIDS. In February 2017, a new project completes this collaboration in partnership with APAF … Read More

Artistic herbarium

As an activity this week in Roosboom the children made a herbarium by drying leaves of different plants and then decorated homemade frames (cardboard and transparent sheet) with paint.  

Maintenance of the garden

The children of the Half Way House take regularly care of the garden, watering the plants, and ensuring the maintenance of the beds, the management of the weeds etc … It is an opportunity for them to acquire the practical … Read More

Installation of a compost

After several months of throwing organic waste in the garden without organization, the children of the Half Way House decided to follow the advice of comics on permaculture and created a compost pile in the garden.  

Halloween at the Half Way House

Today at the Half Way House in Roosboom, it’s Halloween preparation … Today at the Half Way House children have carved pumpkins to make Halloween lanterns. 5 pumpkins were kept preciously for the occasion. Children first draw on the pumpkins … Read More

Creating a Memory game

This afternoon at Roosboom children have created a Memory game on the theme of garden vegetables. This activity allow children to develop their creativity while providing them source of entertainment, and improving their memory and their knowledge of vegetables. EnregistrerEnregistrer

Feeding 370 children with permaculture garden in Swaziland

Since 2012, Designing Hope develops permaculture garden in Southern Africa, to help population becoming self sufficient. This video presents a garden in the isolated village of Bulembu, hosting an orphanage. This garden, developed by a team of 6 women trained … Read More

Setting up a repellent for mole rats in Rooseboom

Many mole rats are causing damages in the garden of Roosboom, while digging their tunnels they tear the roots of the vegetable in the garden. To get rid of them, here is a simple technique using the means at hand. … Read More

One House, One Garden

In Roosboom, near Ladysmith in Kwazulu Natal, Designing hope started with local NGO Silethithemba the project “One House, One Garden”. Every month, one family with poor background is identified and the NGO helps financing and setting up a fenced garden, to … Read More

Bulembu Garden

The team of 6 trainers in permaculture from Designing Hope in Piggs Peak have been setting up an experimental garden in Bulembu, border town with South Africa. The experiment involves the use of locally produced biochar, integrated in permaculture raised beds, … Read More

Comic book

Designing Hope’s comic about permaculture techniques is now used by Roosboom’s team to teach the children basics about permaculture and agroecology.   Related links : Comic book

Seed harvesting in Roosboom

The children harvested the seeds of chard ribs which they let grow seeds in the garden. These non-hybrid biological seeds can be reproduced.

Green Bronx Machine

“Green Bronx Machine builds healthy, equitable, and resilient communities through inspired education, local food systems, and 21st Century workforce development. Dedicated to cultivating minds and harvesting hope, our school-based model using urban agriculture aligned to key school performance indicators grows … Read More

Mandela’s Garden

“Nelson Mandela Once Said His Garden in Prison Gave Him Small Taste of Freedom” While Nelson Mandela was a prisoner in South Africa, he spent hours every day gardening. He grew vegetables, often in oil drums cut in half. At … Read More

Building a henhouse using recycled materials

Each month, canned tomatoes and red beans are used for children’s meals. The metal of the cans, laid flat, was used as wall for the chicken coop, studded on a wooden frame. the roof was made of wood, to isolate … Read More

Butts enriched with Biochar

At Roosboom Garden, the children started 2 new culture beds to compare the impact of biochar on crops. The first bed was cultivated with biochar imbibed with vermicompost, and the second one was incorporated dry in the culture plates. In … Read More

Traditional recipe book 

With an international volunteer (Peace Corps) in place for 2 years in Roosboom, Designing Hope has developed a recipe book inspired by traditional meals. Recipes are selected based on the vegetables they use, and the ability to produce them in … Read More

Moringa Oleifera

Plant with many virtues, it has great nutritional values. Moringa leaves are richer in vitamins, minerals and protein than most vegetables. In addition it contains twice as much calcium and protein as milk, vitamins C as oranges, as much potassium … Read More

Moringa planting at Roosboom

The first moringa seedlings are beginning to sprout. Culture of Moringa is very interesting because it is a plant with many properties and important nutritional values. In fact moringa leaves are richer in vitamins, minerals and proteins than most vegetables. … Read More

A comic explaining basics of Permacuture.

Designing Hope has produced, with the support of The Ivory Foundation, an illustrated brochure presenting the techniques of permaculture. This document addresses several topics, the creation of raised beds, crops rotation, crops associations, with a focus on milpa, compost… This … Read More

living seeds

Agrosemens supports Designing Hope by allowing the distribution of reproducible seeds on its various projects in Africa (Swaziland, Lesotho, Mozambique, South Africa, Botswana). This support associated to training of techniques of agroecology and permaculture improves nutrition of hundreds of families, … Read More

Urban gardens, Senegal

Experimentation of urban cultures, on tables made with recycled materials, in Dakar, by ICD Afrique.

Seeds harvest in Piggs Peak, Swaziland

In Piggs Peak, at Fundzisa Live’s garden, the women in charge of Designing Hope’s Garden Project harvest seeds after each season. They keep the best lettuces for instance, let them grow and then move them out of the garden bed … Read More

Harvesting vegetables for the children meals

Children can enjoy every day a hot meal that uses some fresh vegetables they grow in the pilot garden.

A desired water pipe!

Roosboom has been depending for years on a large tank of communal water, randomly refilled. This has led often to shortage of water, challenging the garden, specially during dry season. Designing Hope invested in a piping system to bring water from … Read More

Preparing new raised beds

The children of Roosboom work together and create new raised beds.