Discovering Vegetable Gardens in Brussels, Vert d'Iris
Description: "Vert d'Iris International" is a young cooperative from Brussels, active in the field of urban agriculture and sustainable food, created 6 years ago. They are managing two vegetable gardens in Neerpede (one of the last agriculture areas in Brussels). Many trainees are currently engaged in the organization, thanks to the program on social entrepreneurship in the domain of sustainable food. The production of the gardens is also distributed to many restaurants and organic shops in Brussels or transformed into original recipes (dehydration, lacto-fermentation ...). The social purpose of Vert d'Iris includes the restoration of the nutritional vocation of Brussels by creating jobs in the emerging trades of sustainable food.
Type of Work: Volunteers will participate in the regular activity of gardening, allowing them to familiarize themselves with the maintenance, cultivation and harvesting of fruits, edible flowers and seasonal vegetables. They will also learn experiment a light and user-friendly areas for habitat in the gardens (dry toilets, outdoor kitchen, used by woofers).
Study Theme: Several learning goals will be covered, from gardening to urban agriculture, biodiversity and eco-building with recycled materials.
Accommodation: Volunteers will be accommodated in individual tents in the gardens (bring mattresses and sleeping bag), basic sanitary facilities (dry toilets & normal shower).
Language: English but knowledge of French is welcome
Requirements: The volunteers need to be ready for physical outside work and to have an interest for organic agriculture and sustainable development. Basic living conditions!
Approximate Location: In the district of Anderlecht, in the South of Brussels.In the middle of the nature but very close to the city center.
Notes: Volunteers will have access to a kitchen to cook for themselves with vegetables from the garden (vegetarian food). Usually for lunch, they will eat with the rest of the team (meal preparation in turn). Unfortunately, the garden is not accessible for people with reduced mobility.