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About The Yard
One of the oldest fragments of my memory is me playing in the yard and casually watching the grass come out of the ground. It seems insignificant but I still believe that I have witnessed something very important.
I quit my job on February 15, 2020 and after that day, the process of transforming my yard into an urban garden began.
At first, my friend and I collected about 70 Himalayan cedar seedlings in one of Rustavi’s Squares and planted them in a specially fenced area.
Then things developed in a way that I did not expect. Today, parents, teachers and youth organizations are bringing children to our yard. We offer various activities, presentations, practical work, talk about urban gardening, ecology, waste recycling and most importantly, I gladly share my accumulated knowledge to them.
My driving and most precious idea is to help people, especially children, remember and understand how important regenerative approaches to ecology and the environment are. Also how necessary and urgent it is to understand that the environment in which we live will only improve with care, attention and action.
The green coating of Rustavi is exactly as old as the city itself. Himalayan cedar was brought in exactly when construction began. We have a pretty good population of this species throughout the city and every spring nature gives us thousands of new seedlings. This year I was able to save more than 250 cedars and all of them have already been donated. Unfortunately we are losing the rest of the seedlings. 95% of them don’t survive even until June.
The good part of the story is that the yard is ready to care and save more seedlings. We just need to arrange a nursery – shelter for it.
If the project becomes successful, the existing construction in the yard (which I use as a warehouse) will be enlarged and converted into a nursery / greenhouse. This will allow us to save and then return up to 1200 – 1500 seedlings (annually) to the city spaces. In addition, along with other activities in this space, children will be able to observe various processes, and it will make them more perceptible about life and its diversity.
Even today, when I see how the seeds fall from the cone, then how the first pines are formed and how the root system develops – I have the same feeling as when I looked at the grass growing from the ground, I witness something very important.
I believe only in this way, only through observation and understanding of nature, only here and now is the foundation laid – for a healthy future society. Community that will be harmonious, calm and in balance with nature.