new compost management in our homeunit in Germany

It is not a big deal to report on the implementation of a compost pile. I becomes bigger if we focus the stories behind.

In our case in Germany we “share” the space with another family living on our property and over the years we collected a reallly big pile of compost. Beside of the effect, that we reused biomass for our own vegetablle garden we gave sometimes our population of chicken access to the pile. They contributed with a lot of tasty eggs and cleaned the pille from nearly all snaill eggs.

One problem of acceptance in Germany – even in little villages – is to have chicken at all. The sound of the cock, the always escaping “gang” of bantams (little chicken) and daily little troubles with animals expanding the challenge to host them beside close neighbours.

The combination of vegetable garden, chicken and compost is an advantage and we like to establish a similar circle in our spanish homeunit.

First of all we need beside our compost doctor David more people willing to move biomass to a compost pile. Second we need a group of people interested in gardening and using this bio mass. Third we need people interested in having chicken and hosting them in a common task.

AMAL – Hope – social art exhibition

Sunday 05.08.2018 we inaugurate the new exhibition in the gallery of the CASAdelDRAGON in Cervera del Maestre, Castellon. AMAL is arabic language and means hope, esperanca, Hoffnung… we show samples of social art projects and invite you to join these projects. As part of the exhibition we open the first RegaloBar in Cervera del Maestre, a place to donate, exchange: art, household goods, little devices… or just to enjoy a coffee (for free).

Bar and exhibition will be open every saturday and sunday from 10 to 12 am.

You are welcome to bring and donate your own household staff, clothes, little furnitures, books, electronic devices and take whatever you find and like…for free!

Some background information about the exhibition: the bee | copii dan ciocanesti – the kids of ciocanesti | aquaponics | RegaloBar |

how to measure sustainability

According to an actual diskussion in our forum we like to share some facts about our first art camp in early summer 2018 in the campus of our free university of informal education (UNIIE).

As already published  – count down … – we created an infrastructure of shower and sinks and a catering place in the color garden. We did this to expand our possibilities to host groups of people at the same time and to develop our educative projects like UNIEE (free university of informal education).

We used trash and waste to set up the structures like refurbished wood from paletts, sinks from trash and ibc tanks from industry.

In three weeks we established the camp and finished it just before we hosted the first group of students from a german high school.

It was used for 6 days by 40 kids and adults, sometimes more when we invited for special dinner (paella done by Clara!!).

Luke, a friend from australia, mentioned, that we used a lot of energy and material in infrastructure instead of using minimalistic solutions. he posted some samples in the forum.

We do not measure the distance between theoretical optimum and our reality, we measure the distance between our reality and the daily reality of our guests. We think, whatever we want to change in the relation between generations and their ressources and their biological food prints, we have to start in their realities.

A normal person use 122 liter water per day. In one TEDx – Talk we can listen that 50% of the sweet water in France is used for cooling nuclear power devices. Wether this is true or not, we are sure taht these 122 liter are not used in a close personal way.

In our first art camp all kids where sensibilized and stimulated to reduce the water usage as much as possible. Thanks to their teachers! Instead of theoretical 122 liter per day they used less than 10.

From our perspective this is a great result. Hopefully we will invite much more young people to further art camps and – as an aditional feature of beeing guest in our project – they reduce their biological food prints in a fundamental way.

Mosaic workshop with youth in Romania

As part of the APEAL summer school in 2018 the artist Juan Petry invited youth from local villages around bucharest to join a mosaic workshop.

The aim was to design and realise a mosaic on a wall near the entrance of the local libary and cultural center of Ciocanesti (a village 31 km from Bucharest City).

Starting with eight youth everybodys body shape was drawed at the wall.

In two rainiy days before the kids learned strategies to find the right piece, to clue the pieces in a right way and to get a feeling of dimensions and relations between sizes of shapes and ceramic pieces.

After one morning working ant the wall we saw first parts of colorful bodys.

In fact we where limited in colors but we tried to mix awailable colors in different ways. Each kid was choosing his favorite colors.

One main aspect of the summer school is to show the advantage of cooperate working. Without talking about this fact the kids discovered again this advantage and started to help each other.

Some where fast, other more sticking on details and slower. The faster once started to help the others.

More and more kids came around to join the project and most asked question was: “can i help somebody?” For sure the main intention was being part of this art work in public.

In only 9 hours between 9 and 15 kids created this common art piece.

Its unique, special and a kind of message for the people of the village.

The culture of Romania is till now not driven by private engagement to add values to public spaces. This art work in public will mark an important point in developing the summer school of Serban Moldoveanu. With this project the results of this 7 year engagement became public and sustainable.

The dream of Serban is, to expand this project and add in the future more and more mosaic art works in public spaces in Ciocanesti and the region.

first raised bed in the german garden

After mounting more than 25 raised beds in the spanish color garden we started to create a first prototype in our german home unit garden.

Corinna started to collect some old natural stones. They are part of the local history. During World War II, our village was shelled and a grenade destroyed a barn made of natural stone. The stones are scattered everywhere in our garden and therefor they are a relic of this war.

We filled the lower part of an ibc tank with this stones.

And we charged the box with soil from the garden.

Finally we used some special soil for planting vegetables.

And we planted some salads.

And we are happy about the result after 2 month…

harvesting the sweet

In 2018, 2017 and 2016 we planted more than 300 fruit trees in the spanish home unit. 20 years before we planted around 20 fruit trees on a small plot in our home unit in Germany.

Planting a tree is a magical work. It opens doors for a sweet future and connect people with their future.

It gives future generations food and shadow and wood. These trees are older than the young strong workers on the fotos. For us it is amazing to see new generations taking the fruits of these trees.

Together they harvested the fruits from a cherry tree.

And prepared a lot of jars of sweet delicious marmelade.

Like tobacco brown tells in her TED talk, creating a garden is creating a social space for happiness.

art camp count down – minus 2

Today we realized the pee separation for the toilets. We used old plastic bottles.

We cutted out the bottom.

And mounted it inside of the hole of the toilet seat.

We mounted also some useful signs at the signpost…

…and some important information around the sinks.

We finished also the second toilet.

We moved another 1000 liter water to the water deposit.

We started to decorate the toilets a little.

This will connect the life in the camp a little bit with the history of the last 30 years.

We found a place for the gift from our friends in Bucharest!

We cleaned the working space a little and we prepared the ecoparc area.

And we mounted the surprise…for tomorrow.