Pedagogical vegetable garden in Lisbon

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I'm a parent and i'm coordinating a project that takes place in a school in Lisbon, Portugal. It's called Projeto Horta Urbana em Ambiente Escolar (PHUAE) or urban vegetable garden project in a school environment. More info available in portuguese at The aim is to grow food with the help of volunteers and, at the same time, sensitize the students to issues like climate change, the importance of soil or organic farming. We have been working since 2013 with the support of the school's board and parents association. We would like to know more about the Grow observatory and how to participate, specially with experiments to be conducted by teachers and students using our project and the soil we have been working on!

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Hi Alcina, thanks for getting in touch. The GROW Observatory welcomes growers of any age to take part in as citizen science. Across Europe, hundreds and then thousands of growers will learn together on GROW website and through online platform FutureLearn, and take action in growing spaces wherever they are, locally and across Europe. They will get to try out exciting new ways to improve their soil and food production methods. Participants do simple, coordinated soil experiments to capture and make sense of data on their local environment. This helps validate good local growing practices and international environmental monitoring. We suggest that you start by registering your school garden project as a participant in GROW at our website where you can also sign up for our e-newsletter (next one due out 15 Dec). You can then choose to sign up as individuals or as a teacher/leader to take the free open online course Citizen Science: From Soil to Sky which starts on 19 February 2018. It lasts for four weeks and you need to have about 4 hours available per week to complete it. Paid certificates can be applied for from FutureLearn for each person who is registered as a participant, but the course itself is free. You wonโ€™t require any special equipment for this course except access to a computer/laptop and the internet. For some of the activities you will need easily available tools such as glass jars or garden poles but all the tools required will be detailed in the relevant sections of the course. You could decide to have one leader taking the course who then assists the young people to complete the steps each week, or some of our community gardeners gather together each week online to go through the steps on the online course, learning and supporting each other together. There is a place to ask questions and load answers on the course and on a discussion forum on the GROW website if you want to ask questions or get feedback from other growers. We look forward to meeting you on our community forum and welcoming you into our growing community of citizen soil scientists. If you have any questions, or want to find out more about GROW, you can ask them here or email You can register for the first online course here: Citizen science: From Soil to Sky

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