Carpio, Costa Rica is a poor urban community that struggles with pollution, social exclusion, and stress. The goal of our project was to develop a permaculture program with our sponsor SIFAIS to create green space while maintaining and improving community involvement. To achieve this goal we observed the community and determined its constraints, investigated best gardening practices, and tested and analyzed the practices. We worked with children at SIFAIS to create community gardens at their site and with seven families to create individual gardens for their homes. To promote involvement among residents we created informative materials to start a garden, recommended ways to share gardening practices, and proposed ways for community members to obtain fertilizer and more plants.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Interactive Qualifying Project
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