The second part of the training organized for people selected by volunteers of the project called „Transylvanian Herb Garden – Social integration of disadvantaged people in rural areas through sustainable collection and processing of medicinal and aromatic plants” took part in March 2016. The series of trainings held by local and Swiss professionals enables the participants to harvest, treat and process herbs in a professional way, as well as to create proper cultivation conditions for them.

On the 20th of February 2016, in the opening lecture Mr. Lehel Ferencz, horticultural engineer, presented the basic theories how to create an herb garden. He talked about different soil types, the necessary steps for preparing the soil, planning and arranging a garden of medicinal and aromatic plants, herbal treatment of seeds. The second course, held on the 19th of March 2016, Mrs. Katalin Cseke Árkosi talked about wildcrafting, drying, primary processing, as well as about environmental requirements to be respected while harvesting herbs.

Sharing information and experience plays an important role within the project. Following the training the participants will give courses to a group of their local community made up of those interested in herbal medicine.

The next topic of the series of 11 lectures is the processing of medicinal and aromatic plants and will be held by Mrs. Magdolna Pakot on the 9th of April in the training center of Locodeni. Beside of theoretical knowledge we emphasize the practical training through the creation of a sample herb garden in Locodeni. Thanks to the machinery and equipment acquired in the frame of the project the participants have the opportunity to try to process herbs. The project is co-financed by a grant from Switzerland through the Swiss Contribution to the enlarged European Union and the partners are the Civitas Foundation from Cluj-Napoca, the LIA Foundation and the Association for Biodynamic Agriculture from Switzerland.