On 21st October, Saturday, at 10 am, we held a workshop on medicinal plants for teachers in Odorheiu Secuiesc, at the headquarters of the Civitas Foundation.
On 15th September we held an Open Day in Locodeni. The program included a workshop on the strategy of the Competence Center of Locodeni and right after that, a visit to the processing department, lecture room and show garden with the guidance of Csaba Jére.
The members of the herb garden’s volunteers group prepared a nice spiral made of herbs and planted it.
On 7th July a plant collecting trip combined with knowledge exchange was organized in Inlăceni.
A group of children and adults visited the Competence Center, where they could visit the herbal show garden and prepare spicy salt.
The Transylvanian Herb Garden participated at the City Days of Odorheiu Secuiesc (26-28 May) with a large variety of programs.
On 28th of April 2017, a part of the Cluj team worked very enthusiastic on the setting up of an experimental show garden for medicinal plants and herbs.
Beside the representation of the member’s interests an important objective is to promote the processing of medicinal and aromatic plants in order to develop a sustainable agriculture. In the elaboration of the association’s program and its activities it is always an important aspect the integration of the disadvantaged people.
As a result of the meeting the main guidelines of the cooperation were set, a draft of the strategy was drawn up, which will be finalized by the project’s team.
The shortmovie presents the most important moments of the project considering the trainings and the knowledge transfer, it shows the beauty of the nature of this region and it reproduces the atmosphere of the main events, such as: the Barock Festival of Bonchida, the Open Day in Locodeni, the Fruit Festival of Odorhei Region and it introduces the people involved in the project.
The participants discussed and summarized the experiences gained last year and made plans about continuing the trainings and worked on the elaboration of the strategy of the Competence Center in Locodeni, within the frames of a workshop. Amongst the future plans was the founding of the Transylvanian Herb Garden Association.
Onion is one of the most popular vegetables, being not only a food but also an important herb, which contains a large amount of vitamins and valuable minerals (calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, iron, zinc, copper, vitamins B and C). Due to its sulphur content, which gives its typical, pungent taste and smell, it has bactericidal effects, which are very important when our body is fighting against infections.
The penultimate training for volunteers within the frame of the project took place on the 22nd of October 2016. Due to the bad weather conditions it was held at the headquarters of Civitas Foundation. The trainer, Mr. Ferenc Lehel horticultural engineer presented very varied topics to his audience. In the first part of the training the participants got known medicinal and aromatic plants to be cultivated in an herb garden or even on larger fields and earned useful knowledge about their cultivation technologies.
On the 7th of October 2016, 8th grade pupils of the school of Lupeni visited the training center in Locodeni. They started to learn about medicinal and aromatic plants already at the herb stand of Fruit Festival. The next step was their visit to Locodeni.
At our booth we offered fresh and dried medicinal plant bouquets and tea mixtures, herb salts in a wide variety, herb oils and vinegars, as well as cosmetics based on medicinal plants and scented pillows. The Transylvanian Herb Garden could easily gain the title: the most aromatic booth of the festival.
On the 9th of September 2016 there was an open day in the training center of Locodeni. The varied programs and the nice weather attracted a large number of visitors. The participants of the medicinal plant training organized within the frame of the project played an important role in the preparation and realization of the program.
The trainers, Dr. Vârban Dan, professor of the University of Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences, as well as Mr. Florian Simion, general manager of S.N. Plafar S.A. București congratulated the participants at the end of the 5-month-long training.
It can be found along the pathways, in meadows and pastures, but it is also often cultivated. Depending on the weather conditions, it starts flowering at the beginning of May and it lasts until the middle of the summer. Its curative effect and volatile oil content is outstanding among other medicinal plants.
On the 5-9th of July 2016 the representatives of participants in the project Transylvanian Herb Garden made a trip to Switzerland. During the field trip organized by the Swiss Biodynamical Association, rich in programs carried out in a punctual and practical way, the group of 6 representatives visited several institutions, companies, and farms and participated at different activities where they gathered lots of everlasting experiences.
On the 25th of June two trainers participating in the project, Raphael Stucki and Jean-Michel Florin, have visited some spots and events in the neighborhood of Odorheiu Secuiesc in order to get known the natural characteristics of the neighborhood, the local groups participating in the project, as well as medicinal plant related initiatives.
On the 11-12th of June 2016, the team from Cluj formed during the training called „Social integration of disadvanteged people in rural areas through sustainable collection and processing of medicinal and aromatic plants” attended the Baroque Festivities organized in Bonţida.
The refreshing drink made of elderflower is very tasty in the hot summer. Due to its beneficial effects it is very popular: it can be used effectively in case of tiredness, nerves, disorders of the digestive system, respiratory tract infections.
The active substances in spruce sprouts have expectorant effects, it is used for making cough syrup that works as a natural expectorant, tempers cough and sore throat, soothes the respiratory tracts. It contains acid ascorbic, pine-needle resin, tannins, minerals, B2- and K-vitamins, carotinoides and volatile oil.
On the 21st of May, the local participants of the training organized in Odorhei, had the opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge in practice, under the guidance of engineer Lehel Ferencz, in the herb garden of Locodeni.
The students learned first-hand information about the specific drying and processing of herbs, the plants used in the cosmetic industry, the possible confusions and the natural and artificial conditioning possibilities of plants.
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.