ROOF TERRACE GARDEN WORKSHOP
11 SEPTEMBER 2020 – JUNE 2021
FRIDAYS FROM 11:00 – 13:00 OR 17:00 – 19:00
Admission free, during workshop hours.
The CA2M’s roof garden has been up and running for seven years, a time during which we have lived through an intense process in which many people have taken part, making it a meeting point predicated on working together and sharing know-how.
Since its beginnings, the roof garden was conceived as a space that would go beyond the limits of an organic agriculture school and would form a community. This goal has been fulfilled. Today, the roof garden is the focal point for a group of people who have accumulated many years of learning, enjoyment and coexistence based on the practice of agroecology and permaculture, the recovery of traditional know-how and learning from peasant farmers and a reflection on the challenges of sustainability.
Today, the community formed around the roof garden at CA2M is taking on the challenge of opening up to new people without forgetting the research and experimentation that motivates existing members of the community. For this reason, this year we will be giving an opportunity to all those who are people interested in learning more about agroecology and permaculture, at a beginner’s level, without ignoring the needs and rhythms of learning of the members who have been active since the beginning and demand more specific workshops with advanced contents. For this purpose, during the first part of the year, the workshops will be divided into two categories: beginners (*) and advanced (**). We will also work in two different schedules, to give more possibilities to people who, for personal or working reasons, cannot attend in conventional hours.
Aimed at anyone interested in taking part
In collaboration withInstituto de Transición Rompe el Círculo.
PROGRAMME OF ACTIVITIES FOR THE ROOF TERRACE GARDEN
PROGRAMME SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER 2020
ROOF TERRACE GARDEN WORKSHOP (CA2M)
11 September 11:00 - 13:00 | Recovering the kitchen garden **
After the parenthesis caused by the pandemic, we will return to the roof garden and begin tasks of recovery and maintenance.
18 September 17:00 - 19:00 | Starting an ecological kitchen garden *
We will show you the basic principles of organic agriculture and we will begin to prepare seedbeds for the autumn. In addition, we will carry out the usual gardening tasks proper to the month of September.
25 September 11:00 - 13:00 | A kitchen garden in all dimensions **
We will create and place elements in the garden that will allow us to use the space of the roof terrace both horizontally as well as vertically, giving it a more uncultivated look and at once making it more welcoming.
2 October 17:00 - 19:00 | The square-metre kitchen garden *
We will learn new cultivation methods that will help us to maximize production in small spaces. A very interesting workshop for city dwellers who generally do not have large spaces where they can plant.
AGRO-ECOLOGICAL WORKSHOPS (GABRIEL CELAYA SCHOOL)
9 October 11:00 - 13:00 | Gardening in terraces **
We will work with different raised terrace systems and create spaces for planting during autumn in the school garden.
16 October 17:00 - 19:00 | How to make good compost *
We will learn how to make a compost bin and lay the foundations for the production of compost as a key element in our agroecological system.
23 October 17:00 - 19:00 | Creating an aromatic herb spiral I (* and **)
A spiral of aromatic herbs, as well as being a unique and aesthetically pleasing system of cultivation, helps us to understand the specific needs of each plant and how to create the necessary microclimates to grow herbs with very different needs in the one place.
30 October 17:00 - 19:00 | Creating an aromatic herb spiral II (* and **)
We will continue learning how to grow in spiral and will plant the chosen species.
SUSTAINABLE FOOD WORKSHOPS (LOCATION TO BE DECIDED)
6 November 17:00 - 19:00 | The pandemic: the boomerang effect of a diet that destroys the ecosystem (* and **)
We will get this new module underway with a current topic. This year is different. A virus has severely challenged our health, economic and social system. We have discovered that our purported dominion over nature has serious and irreversible consequences. In this session, we will explore in depth how the pandemic is connected with the environmental crisis and the role our unsustainable diet plays in all this.
13 November 17:00 - 19:00 | Eating better to look after the planet (* and **)
In a double, theoretical and practical, session we will first take a panoramic overview of global food production, differentiating industrial production from agroecological production. Afterwards, we will share recipes to help us enjoy new healthier and more sustainable eating habits.
20 November 17:00 - 19:00 | A chestnut celebration (* and **)
Popular festivals in the rural world have always been based on wisdom and respect for the rhythms of nature. In this session, and by means of a castañada, an autumn festival based on chestnuts, we will call to mind popular celebrations based on reciprocity, joy and sustainability. In addition, we will share recipes using chestnuts and other nuts.
27 November 17:00 - 19:00 | Do we know what we eat? (* and **)
The food industry has become so removed from natural processes of food production that today we do not know what the food we eat actually contains. Some of the goals of this workshop will be to look at how to analyse labels, which products are less healthy and to debunk certain ideas on supposedly healthy foods.
11 December 17:00 - 19:00 | A zero-residue Christmas (* and **)
Christmas is a time of the year when wasteful consumption gets out of control. In this session we will think together about alternatives and make sustainable gifts that will allow us to reduce the environmental impact of this holiday season.
18 December 18:30 | Healthy Christmas recipes (* and **)
We propose a workshop with recipes so that our holiday celebrations will be healthy, sustainable and economic and at once very enjoyable. Because it is possible to eat well and surprise family and friends without helping to make Christmas a small environmental disaster.
PROGRAMME OF SESSIONS JANUARY - APRIL 2020
TRADITIONAL TRADES: RECOVERING THE RHYTHMS OF OLD
In these workshops we wish to show not just age-old trades and know-how, but also to show how they were part of a much slower and less productivist rhythm, which was also much healthier and in consonance with the dictates of nature. In addition, they are also a call to the culture of zero residues, in which we hope to do away with everyday throwaway packaging and objects and to learn how we used to live beforehand and how we will want to and will have to live in the future.
10 January | Basic sewing: make you own bags for buying unpackaged loose goods
17 January | Other basic weaving methods for everyday use
24 January | Basket-making workshop
31 January | Ceramic workshop
HOW WE LIVE AND HOW WE COULD LIVE: DECARBONIZE! WHICH IS NO SMALL THING...
Climate change, the decline of fossil fuels and the primacy of the economy over the wellbeing of the planet and its inhabitants has led to climate emergency today. It is our duty to understand what is going on, what might happen and what we can do to improve our living conditions and ensure the future of our children. This is a collaborative project that calls for a certain degree of involvement and commitment from participants to attend the sessions given that the sessions are all interrelated and it is necessary to attend them all in order to properly understand the process.
7 February | Presentation and introduction: the decisive decade
14 February | Contextualization: how climate change affects us
21 February | Carbon footprint: analysing our consumer habits and their effect on the environment
28 February | Review of how we have changed our habits and how we can recover good practices
6 March | Compilation of materials created by participants and planning our calendar for the new decade
THE FUTURE CHILDREN OF THE FOREST
The generation of our parents (or grandparents) was the last to have direct daily contact with nature and this allowed them to conceive life in a very different way to that of our children (or grandchildren) today. There can be no environmental solution unless we make future generations understand the importance of looking after our forests and natural spaces.
13 March | How do you make a forest? The basic role of trees
20 March | Creating a mini-forest at home
27 March | Designing edible forests
3 April | Children’s workshop: Creating toys and games with natural materials
17 April | Looking after organic fruit trees
24 April | Stop pesticides. Organic solutions for looking after our plants
PROGRAMME OF SESSIONS MAY 2019
10 May. Witches and plants: the ethno-botanical power of plants
Did witches actually exist? What was their real power? Come and learn with us the value and uses of plants around you.
17 May. How climate change affects us
Climate change is something scientists and environmentalists have been warning us about for years. But, what real implications does it have in our everyday lives? A debate around the big challenges of the 21st century.
24 May. Chores in the potted garden
We’ll get the potted garden ready and will finish the spring season chores we still have to do.
31 May. Spring recipes
A seasonal produce workshop in which we will offer you some healthy, ecological and sustainable recipes.
PROGRAMME OF SESSIONS JUNE 2019
7 June. Participative phyto-improvement: how to select our seeds
How can we improve the genetics of our seeds naturally? What should we do to collect seeds and select those which may best adapt to our potted garden?
14 June. Garden on the CA2M rooftop: 6 years forging links in the city
An end of year workshop, where we will take a look back at these marvellous years sharing knowledge and experiences around a snack, if possible from our own garden!
PROGRAMME OF SESSIONS SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER 2019
ORGANIC KITCHEN GARDENING AT HOME
Introduction to Kitchen Gardening at Home
We will take an overview of materials and considerations to bear in mind when setting up your own roof terrace garden.
The organic-agro kitchen garden
We will learn to make the most of the different phases of the moon to our best advantage in our gardens and we will begin the tasks of this time of year: collecting seeds, planting bulbs and roots and preparing the soil for winter crops.
How to prepare good compost
The key to a self-sufficient garden is learning to make your own compost. Find out all about the techniques required and start off in the art of compost.
Herbs for cooking
We will propose a series of ideas for growing herbs at home and we will provide a few hints on growing and harvesting.
How to create a vertical kitchen garden
Small spaces are not necessarily a handicap to grow your own food at home. We will show you how to grow food in all kinds of available space and to create a garden in your terrace.
If you like mushrooms, they are easy to grow yourself as long as you learn the basics and follow the process carefully.
TRADITIONAL TASTES AND POPULAR CULTURE
How to make your own preserves
Learn to safely preserve all the excess food you have grown while maintaining all their properties.
How to make your own jam and marmalade
Following from the previous workshop, this time we will propose various forms of preserving fruit and making jam and marmalade.
Healthy ideas for eating out
Many of us have no choice but to have lunch out every day. But this should not be an obstacle to eating healthily. Learn to prepare healthy lunches to take to work in less than two minutes.
How to make bread with natural sourdough
In this workshop we will teach you to make your own sourdough, how to look after it and how to use it to make basic rustic bread.
How to make your own liqueurs
There is a whole world to liqueurs. Learn the basics to making your own recipes and surprise your guests.
Winter solstice festival. Tapas competition and end of year party
Celebrating the winter solstice is a practice in many cultures, including ours, although it has practically fallen into disuse. We will recover traditions and celebrate together the beginning of the countdown towards Spring.
PROGRAMME OF SESSIONS SEPTEMBER 2017
22 Sept. Principle of ecological agriculture (H).
We will begin the new season of workshops with an introduction to ecological agriculture from the macro perspective of agro-ecology and its basic principles. We will work in the garden to get it ready again following the tough summer months.
29 Sept. The importance of soil in ecological agriculture (H).
Different soils are living agents that intervene in the fertility of the earth thanks to the microorganisms that live in it and interact with our plants. In this workshop, we will find out about the types of materials to use on our plants in the garden and in pots and we will look at the basic concepts on types of soil and what we should do to increase their fertility.
PROGRAMME OF SESSIONS OCTOBER 2017
6 Oct. Day trip: An ecological school garden
School gardens are an activity on the rise that offer many positive benefits for the educational community, both for the process of students’ learning as well as for promoting intergenerational and neighbourly ties. Accompany us on a trip to a school garden in Móstoles and we will help them to create a garden in the educational space.
20 Oct. A hammockdrome in Móstoles! Presentation and design (S).
Year 2030. Laziness is recognised as an inalienable human right in the Transition society. The Hammockdrome is an idea conceived for the exhibition Once Up on A Time … Móstoles 2030 and a chance to exchange forms of popular know-how to create a recreational space full of hammocks to be used by all the local people.
27 Oct. Reproduction by grafting and planting systems (H).
Learn to prepare seed trays and to plant crops for the autumn. In addition, we will have a truly practical session in which we can find out all about the different systems of reproducing aromatic plants.
PROGRAMME OF SESSIONS NOVEMBER 2017
3 Nov. Rotation of crops for more fertile soil (H).
Besides providing us with nourishment, the varieties of plants in the garden play a key role in maintaining and improving the quality of the soil. We grow food in a sustainable manner without prejudice to the fertility of the land used.
10 Nov. My city, a treasure to be recovered (D).
A community education dynamic in which we will study different city planning models being applied today. We must pay particular attention to recovering spaces where the logic of profits and returns on investment has being prioritised over the sustainability of the life that takes place there.
17 Nov. Day trip: urban trees as niches for vegetation
We are presenting a proposal of edible routes (following the example of the Incredible Edible urban gardening project) in which we will lay the foundations for the creation of an edible route through the implementation of the project within the community.
24 Nov. Knot-making workshop: towards the Hammockdrome (S).
In this workshop we will learn to make basic knots and tools for our everyday life and we will begin to create our first hammocks using knots.
PROGRAMME OF SESSIONS DECEMBER 2017
1 Dec. Homemade liqueurs workshop (S).
With a view to the upcoming holiday season and taking advantage of the fact that there are few tasks to be undertaken in the garden at this time of year, we will carry out an indoor workshop to produce liqueurs using local recipes.
15 Dec. Homemade turron workshop (S).
Preparing turron for the holiday season was once a common practice in the centre of Spain. At the current moment, there few people left who make their own turron. We don’t want this art to be lost and so we will practice ourselves and recover the special taste of this seasonal delicacy.
PROGRAMME OF SESSIONS JUNE 2017
1 June. Water as essential element
8 June. Raw veganism workshop
15 June. Putting up the canopy over the garden
22 June. The garden in summer
29 June. Popular food and end of season
PROGRAMME OF SESSIONS MAY 2017
4 May. Gardening tasks for the spring
11 May. Homemade pellets for heating the home
18 May. Know your trees. A walk around Móstoles
25 May. Types of fertiliser depending on plants
PROGRAMME OF SESSIONS APRIL 20176
6 Apr. Systems to avoid weeds
20 Apr. Xerogardening, ornamental gardens without extra water
27 Apr. Benefits of flowers in the garden
PROGRAMME OF SESSIONS MARCH 2017
2 Mar. Growing beans as food for the future
9 Mar. Garden watering systems: pros and cons
16 Mar. Weaving Móstoles: creation of a crocheted canopy for the garden
23 Mar. Action plan for the challenges of the future III
PROGRAMME OF SESSIONS FEBRUARY 2017
2 Feb. Building furniture foe gardens I
9 Feb. Building furniture foe gardens II
16 Feb. Action plan for the challenges of the future II
23 Feb. Regenerating soil
PROGRAMME OF SESSIONS JANUARY 2017
12 Jan. Action plan for the challenges of the future
19 Jan. New ideas for creating terraces
26 Jan. The greenhouse garden
PROGRAMME OF SESSIONS DEC 2016
1 Dec. Constructing collectively: a tapas competition.
PROGRAMME OF SESSIONS NOV 2016
3 Nov. Urban resources for agriculture.
10 Nov. Ideas for compost at home
17 Nov. Working with esparto and other basket-weaving materials.
24 Nov. Urban mobility. A paradigm shift.
PROGRAMME OF SESSIONS OCT 2016
6 Oct. Carbon farming: plants that help keep the soil fertile.
13 Oct. Bookbinding workshop.
20 Oct. Overview of how to make preserves.
27 Oct. Reproducing aromatic plants: cuttings and other techniques.
PROGRAMME OF SESSIONS SEPT 2016
22 Sept. Ecological agricultural systems: the bio-intensive method.
29 Sept. The garden and the moon.
PROGRAMME OF SESSIONS JUNE 2016
3 June. Construcción de una criba para compost casera (H).
10 June. Ideas creativas para reducir residuos (T).
17 June. Ideas para salvar el huerto ante las olas de calor en el huerto(H).
24 June. Reencantamiento de la Vida Cotidiana. Despedida del curso y comida popular (D).
PROGRAMME OF SESSIONS MAY 2016
6 May. Favorecer la biodiversidad II: creación de un hotel de mariquitas (H).
13 May. Lujosa pobreza: cómo vivir bien con menos.(D).
20 May. Recetas para producir derivados lácteos.(T).
27 May. El huerto sostenible: sistemas que ahorran trabajo (H).
PROGRAMME OF SESSIONS APRIL 2016
1 Apr. Semilleros de microorganismos y abonos alternativos(H).
8 Apr. Inventario de recursos urbanos para la vida sostenible(H/T).
15 Apr. Reconocimiento de hierbas silvestres(H/T).
22 Apr. Visualizando Móstoles en Transición(D).
29 Apr. Favorecer la biodiversidad: plantas compañeras(H).
PROGRAMME OF SESSIONS MARCH 2016
4 Mar. Producir para el autoconsumo.(T).
11 Mar. ¿Es neutral la tecnología?(D).
PROGRAMME OF SESSIONS FEB 2016
5 Feb. Poda productiva y trasplante de frutales (H).
12 Feb. Cosmética natural III: remedios naturales (T).
19 Feb. La lucha por la igualdad en un mundo en crisis (D).
26 Feb. El método Bokashi. Plantación protegida (H).
PROGRAMME OF SESSIONS JAN 2016
15 Jan. Cómo hacer germinados (T).
22 Jan. Mussgrafitti: creaciones en pared con musgo (H).
29 Jan. Las enfermedades ocultas de la sociedad industrial (D).
PROGRAMME OF SESSIONS DEC 2015
4 Dec. Taller de licores caseros (T).
11 Dec. Cómo nos afecta el cambio climáticO (D).
PROGRAMME OF SESSIONS NOV 2015
6 Nov. Cómo hacer membrillo y cabello de ángel (T).
13 Nov. Purines y otras recetas para nuestras plantas (H).
20 Nov. Construcción de una compostera giratoria (H).
27 Nov. La promesa de las energías renovables (D).
PROGRAMME OF SESSIONS OCT 2015
2 Oct. Taller de encurtidos (T).
9 Oct. Asociaciones beneficiosas. Plantación de otoño (H).
16 Oct. Diseño de bancales. Construcción de bancal palestino (H).
23 Oct. Imaginarios de futuro (D).
30 Oct. Tratamiento de suelos. Cómo reconocer los tipos de tierra (H).
PROGRAMME OF SESSIONS SEPT 2015
18 Sept. Introducción al huerto ecológico (H).
25 Sept. Tareas del huerto en otoño (H).
PROGRAMME OF SESSIONS JUNE 2015
12 June. Cómo recolectar nuestras semillas (H).
19 June. Construcción de un secadero solar (T).
26 June. Construcción de cocinas solares portátiles (T).
PROGRAMME OF SESSIONS JULY 2015
3 July. El huerto en verano. Organización (H).
10 July. Despedida del curso y comida popular.
PROGRAMME OF SESSIONS MAY 2015
8 May. Insecticidas naturales. Como hacer jabón de potasa (H).
22 May. El poder de la comunidad (D).
29 May. Taller de serigrafía (T).
PROGRAMME OF SESSIONS APR 2015
10 Apr. acondicionamiento del huerto para la primavera (H).
17 Apr. plantación de primavera. Sistemas de riego (H).
24 Apr. cómo reconocer hierbas silvestres comestibles (T).
PROGRAMME OF SESSIONS MARCH 2015
6 Mar. Aprendiendo a hacer mermeladas (T).
13 Mar. ¿Cuántos kilómetros recorren los alimentos? (D).
20 Mar. Abonos naturales y compost.(H).
PROGRAMME OF SESSIONS FEB 2015
6 Feb. Diseño de espacios -Creación de huertos colgantes (H).
13 Feb. Apicultura: respetemos la labor de las abejas (T).
20 Feb. Visualización: Móstoles 2030 (D).
27 Feb. Práctica de semilleros en cama caliente (H).
PROGRAMME OF SESSIONS JAN 2015
23 Jan. Pico del petróleo y crisis energética.(D)
30 Jan. Cómo hacer tus propios embutidos. (T).
PROGRAMME OF SESSIONS DEC 2014
5 Dec. Cosmética natural (T).
12 Dec. Salud de las plantas y control de plagas. (H).
PROGRAMME OF SESSIONS NOV 2014
7 Nov. Taller de setas comestibles (T).
14 Nov. Preparativos de invierno en el huerto y plantación (H).
21 Nov. Autocultivo de champiñones (H).
28 Nov. Bancos de tiempo y monedas sociales (D).
PROGRAMME OF SESSIONS OCT 2014
3 Oct. Recolección, secado y usos de las plantas medicinales (H).
10 Oct. Economía del compartir y grupos de consumo (D).
17 Oct. Asociaciones beneficiosas. Plantación de otoño (H).
24 Oct. Platos y postres de temporada: compartamos nuestras recetas (T).
31 Oct. Métodos pasivos de refrigeración y conservas (T).
PROGRAMME OF SESSIONS SEPT 2014
19 Sept. Presentación del curso y puesta al día tras el verano (H).
26 Sept. Tareas de otoño en el huerto (H)
PROGRAMME OF SESSIONS JUNE 2014
6 June. Preparación del huerto en verano "Manos a la tarea"
13 June. Elaboración de pasta artesanal
20 June. Programación colectiva del periodo estivo "Un huerto comunitario"
27 June. Cierre del curso Comida y concierto de "las ordenes de mayo"
PROGRAMME OF SESSIONS APR – MAY 2014
4 Apr. Taller de plantas silvestres comestibles.
25 Apr. Movilidad urbana sostenible. Arreglo de bicis y paseo ciclista.
9 May. Elaboración queso artesano
23 May. Elaboración de cestería artesanal.
30 May. El modelo eléctrico y la factura de la luz.
PROGRAMME OF SESSIONS MAR 2014
7 Mar. Permacultura I. Principios de permacultura enfocada a las ciudades.
14 Mar. Permacultura II. Residuos o subproductos. Diseño y reparación de contenedores de plantas y nuevos elementos.
21 Mar. Permacultura III. Agua. Escasez, cosecha y autogestión.
28 Mar. Permacultura IV: El jardín. Diseño de nuestras terrazas y huertos.
PROGRAMME OF SESSIONS JAN – FEB 2014
17 Jan. Taller de cultivo de champiñones en casa.
24 Jan. Taller de poda de olivos. El taller se adelanta a las 11:00 h.
31 Jan. Taller de eficiencia energética en el hogar.
7 Feb. Elaboración de pan artesano.
14 Feb. Preparación de semillero temporada primavera-verano. Intercambio de semillas de temporada.
21 Feb. Presentación de la Red de Huertos Urbanos.
28 Feb. Preparación del huerto para la nueva temporada.
PROGRAMME OF SESSIONS DEC 2013
13 Dec. Control de plagas con métodos ecológicos
PROGRAMME OF SESSIONS NOV 2013
Saberes tradicionales en torno al huerto:
8 Nov. Aprendiendo a hacer mermeladas.
15 Nov. Cocinando en ecológico. Cómo hacer platos de estación.
22 Nov. Nutrición de las plantas. Residuos orgánicos y compost.
29 Nov. Propiedades medicinales de las plantas. Cosmética natural
PROGRAMME OF SESSIONS SEPT – OCT 2013
20 Sept. Toma de contacto tras el verano. Compartiendo experiencias. Revisión y planificación de tareas.
27 Sept. Limpieza y plantación temporada otoño/invierno.
4 Oct. Recolección y producción de conservas. Métodos y práctica.
11 Oct. Recolección de semillas. Puesta en marcha del banco de semillas.
18 Oct. Plantación temporada otoño/invierno.
25 Oct. Bombas de semillas. Excursión y lanzamiento por los lugares olvidados de Móstoles..
To consult previous activities:
Roof terrace garden workshops http://institutodetransicion.rompeelcirculo.org/talleres-de-huerta-ecologica/
Community education dynamics http://institutodetransicion.rompeelcirculo.org/dinamicas-de-educacion-popular-para-la-transicion/
Recovering traditional know-how http://institutodetransicion.rompeelcirculo.org/recuperacion-de-saberes-tradicionales-2/