CROP in a POT

                                                                                                                 

                                                 

SOS Malta - Press Release – 08/06/2018


CROP in a POT Building skills for sustainability and resilience


On Monday 4th June SOS Malta launched CROP in a POT an 18 month project part financed by the Malta
Community Chest Fund which aims to help foster social, environmental and economic sustainability by
providing groups with skills and knowledge to grow some of their own food at home within the space that is
available to them.

The CROP in a POT Project seeks to bring together members of vulnerable groups who will increase their
knowledge and skills in sustainable home growing in an urban setting, increase their health and wellbeing and
contribute to increasing green spaces in urban spaces in Malta. As part of this project, SOS Malta is
collaborating with Thrive - Permaculture Solutions and Permaculture Research Foundation to explore
permaculture and urban gardening while supporting harmony between humans and nature.
SOS Malta together with The Gardener – Andrew Bellia and Pallet 42 a local company that up cycles pallets and
transforms them into unique, affordable, handmade furniture, set up an Urban Garden Exhibition space within
the SOS Malta outside area which is an exemplary space to display different ways to grow produce in an urban
setting.
The first series of four workshops were held in the Urban Garden Exhibition space, bringing 10 senior citizens
together. Participants were trained by Alexandra Cachia from Thrive - Permaculture Solutions. During the four
workshops, as well as hearing more about the project from SOS Malta, they were given an introduction to
Permaculture, How to design a Permaculture Garden and Implementing a Permaculture Garden.
The next step for the project will see a further 40 selected beneficiaries participating in workshops. They too
will be provided with the means, ideas and knowledge to introduce low cost methods of growing food at home
in an affordable way and given an overview of Permaculture design principles as thinking tools that when used
together allow us to creatively redesign our environment and our behaviour in a world of less energy and
resources. Visits to local permaculture/organic farming/urban gardening best practices will be organised to
provide further inspiration and a chance for some more hands on learning about sustainable and organic
agriculture. The desired outcome will be the publication of an e-toolkit to support and increase and contribute
to increasing the number of people growing organic crops in the home.


For more information on the project, please contact: susan.vassallo@sosmalta.org  

 

CROP in a POT - PROJECT BRIEF

 

Crop in a Pot: Building skills for sustainability and resilience is a project being implemented by SOS Malta and is part financed by the Malta Community Chest Fund.

The project’s main objective is to help foster social, environmental and economic sustainability by providing groups with skills and knowledge to grow some of their own food at home within the space that is available to them.

SOS Malta will be the sole implementing organisation for Crop in a Pot, bringing with us our expertise of working with disadvantaged communities within Malta as well as being expert on the sustainable development goals and global development issues.

SOS Malta will set up an Urban Garden Exhibition space within the SOS Malta outside area which will be an exemplary space displaying different ways to grow produce in an urban setting.  50 selected beneficiaries will be provided with the means, ideas and knowledge to introduce low cost methods of growing food at home in an affordable way through a series of workshops held in the urban garden exhibition space.  Visits to local organic farming/urban gardening best practices will be organised to provide further inspiration and a chance for some hands on learning about sustainable and organic agriculture.

As a result, the project will bring together members of vulnerable groups who will increase their knowledge and skills in sustainable home growing in an urban setting, increase their health and wellbeing and contribute to increasing green spaces in urban spaces in Malta.