Last month we held a virtual ‘Garden Party’ to celebrate the achievements of our Green Technicians who graduated the programme in May. We were delighted to be joined by our collaborators in Arizona, who came on to tell us all about how their Community and School Garden Program works in the US and the personal interests that brought them to the work in the first place. The international element is really important to us, so getting the chance to hear about their experiences as well as share our own was really valuable. Growing in Arizona embodies a whole different set of possibilities and challenges to the ones we face here in Glasgow, but uniting people in both realms seems to be the desire to get their hands dirty and do something.
The party was also a chance for us to introduce them to our Green Technician Programme, which was so inspired by their work, and tell them what we had been up to here in Glasgow over the past few months.
The Green Technicians chatted about why they got involved with the programme, and we were able to feed back some of the things we’d learned from them over the course of the past 4 months. Through interviews and growing diaries, we’ve been able to learn a lot about their thoughts on the programme, what they think school gardens can and should do, and the things that inspire them in the face of climate crisis. Their thoughtful contributions have been such a huge source of inspiration and positivity for us in thinking about how the programme will go forward, so this was really an opportunity for us to acknowledge this and thank them.
Our mission to build new worlds has always been caught up in the act of doing, and when the Green Technicians spoke about their work it was clear this was something they valued too. It is the opportunity to do something that so many young people crave, and it is in the spaces of doing that we might find the creative solutions to the big challenges we face. It was great to hear this reflected back from some of our more experienced colleagues in Arizona too, who were so encouraging and agreed with the Green Techs that the absolute best way to learn is to just give it a go! This is something everyone seems to love about the project, you don’t need to be an expert to get involved. Read, chat to people, ask questions but also… just build that compost and see what happens!
We thank our Green Technicians for all their work and wish them the very best going forward!