The Kick Off Meeting of “Digging Deep” took place in Beijing (China) from the 4th to the 9th of January 4th 2014. The first meeting allowed partners to get to know each other and discuss on how to manage and develop the project over the next months. Moreover, it was a chance to visit some urban gardens in the peri-urban area of Beijing and the places where Chinese partners intend to create their gardens.
Each local working group (LWG) set up a local urban gardening club (LUGC), involving people of local community (mostly young people). In each LUGC, people established and run a public urban garden (see garden diary) and organized 6 activities on urban gardening and related topic such as food production and quality of food. People from local associations, schools, neighborhoods learnt how to look after an urban garden, how to make a vertical garden by using recycled materials; they also acquired knowledge about specific horticulture techniques such permaculture and hydroponic system.
From the 20th to the 24th of October 2014 the final meeting of the project took place in Accra (Ghana), which has involved the project coordinators and the local working groups members. In the first part of the meeting, participants shared own experiences, target groups involved and results of local activities carried out from April to October 2014. The youth had the chance to visit the two urban gardens developed by the Ghanaian Local Working Group. In the first one participants worked the field and harvested fruits; in the second one they saw the vertical garden, result of one of the local workshops. At the end, participants took part in an intercultural dinner, following traditional African dances. Moreover they visited two local schools involved in the local activities. Finally they organized the Harvest Festival on the 22nd of October.
In the evening of the 22th of October 2014 an open local community event took place in Accra, during the International Workshop on Urban Gardening. More than 60 people had a closer look into urban gardening. The Local Working Groups invited public to take part in four different workshops, representing some of the local activities: seed bombs (Slovenian LWG), vertical urban garden by using recycled plastic bottles (Ghanaian LWG), a scale model urban garden (Italian LWG), hydroponic pots (Chinese LWG). Then each LWG presented traditions of hardest festivals. During the festival, project coordinator launched the Handbook on Urban Gardening. Finally, it was time to taste traditional foods brought by Local Working Group members and “touch” African culture by dancing and listening traditional music.