Integration through regular training in the cultivation of edible flowers.
“It is important to highlight that this activity must have clear and suitable objectives and we must have patience as this is an activity slowly develops over time.”
Description of the activity
In this activity, organic agriculture is used as a way to encourage social integration. Users are guided by technicians in organic farming and in the production of edible flowers. The participants are users and ex-users of the center linked to the project. They meet 2 or 3 times a week depending on the time of the year.
This activity aims to increase the future possibilities of employability of the users as well as the opportunity of entering into a new and increasingly widespread culture in the current food market.
Being a new area within the market allows the increase of the outlook and motivation of the users.
Additionally, this new challenge allows us to enter in a new source of employment that is still underdeveloped in Spain, which will allow us to increase the employability of these people at risk of social exclusion consistently increasing their knowledge in organic agriculture and creating new business opportunities. Increasingly edible flowers cover a new market share : the number of new companies that operate in this new type of business is increasing and, therefore, they need workers who know this sector.
It is important to know the cultivation techniques, the seasonal demand and to know the potential market, as well the conservation of this very delicate product.
Finally, more experienced users trained in this subject can also continue going to the gardens to increase their knowledge and keep in touch with the project workers.