Training course “Grow Roots In The Countryside”

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First half of October 2016 was marked for Seed It Forward team not by preparations for the planting season, but by a trip to Spain, in order to take part in an amazing Erasmus+ training course “Grow Roots In The Countryside”. The course itself was happening in between October 4-11, 2016, but Eugen and Gabi wanted to travel in the most environmentally friendly way available, and so spent almost the same time (about 150 hours more) in buses travelling through Romania, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy, France and Spain, and then back the same way. It was worth it, but for the future, they decided they won’t be that environmentally-crazy, unless absolutely necessary.

This was possible thanks to environmental awareness society Medra and its collaboration with our partner, Association “Grădina Moldovei”, as well as our friend Maria Axenti, who informed us about the opportunity. And, truly, the course was about all kinds of things that Seed It Forward likes – environment and agroecology, ecobuilding and rural development, self-awareness and creating mutual support networks between projects in European rural areas; and not just by talking, but also in practice.

Fortunately for us, not one, but both applicants from Seed It Forward were accepted, and got the chance to:

– Get to know Bilbao, a city in Biscay province of the autonomous community Basque County, Spain.
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Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.
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River Nervion.
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Giant sycamores.
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– Travel along the ocean/seaside (bus again).
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– Live in a small village Cuerigo, in the midst of the misty Asturian mountains.
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– Network with other environmental and social activists from Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Italy and Greece.
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– Meet various locals.
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A robin.
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And one of those Great Red Slugs like none of us had ever seen.
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– Savour the first training in their life that was taking place right in the forest, in a small yurt village.
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Training room in the community yurt.
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– Learn how to build a yurt.
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– Learn how to braid corn to keep it for the winter.
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– Share the knowledge about hazelnuts and walnuts, and crack many of them.
(however, Seed It Forward takes no responsibility for what is happening on the picture. That wasn’t him)
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– Gather lots of Spanish hazelnuts, nuts and not-yet-ready-but-eatable-nonetheless chestnuts…
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Hazelnuts almost everywhere!
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– Enjoy other aspects of Asturian forest, and find the place from where the orange river springs.
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Remnants of iron ore mining history of these places.
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Mushrooms almost everywhere too.
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– Travel not only by buses, but also by Spanish train.
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– Taste various traditional dishes and mushrooms… they put hazelnuts in almost every dish as well!
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– Explore local organic gardens.
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– Travel a bit around the region…
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Stone roofs?!
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Visiting the cultural site Molin de Adela – the Mill of Adele.
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Beehive.
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– Discover horreos – traditional Asturian granaries.
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Another delicacy of Asturian food forests.
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Water channel going to the mill.
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Inside the watermill.
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The surrounding landscape – here, it was not about iron, but about coal.
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– Find out new tips about getting and keeping our own seeds.
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Who could have thought it’s so easy to take out the eggplant seeds?!
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– And get, as a gift, the most valuable Asturian treasure – a hazelnut of the type Romai, grown from seed.
We decided to call it Avellana Ablana, two asturian names for a hazelnut, and, with care, brought her to Moldova.
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Avellana’s first trip.
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Avellana in the village Arrazola, Basque Country, with mountain Anbolo in the background.
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Visiting another forest, under the rain – still, one of the best experiences… and more hazelnuts.
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Last day of Spain and last hours before the long bus ride to Moldova – Avellana, Gabi and the Bilbobus.
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You can find more pictures from the trip here.

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