The project "Shared cultures" aims at intercultural learning, understanding and integration. Thanks to the support of the Association of Family and Shared Gardens of Epinal, as well as the structures working with migrant people in Epinal, it is a question of connecting native and immigrant people from social circles and varied modes of life around moments of exchange and collective work.

The project will take place over a one-year cycle (Sept 2018-Sept 2019) and is structured around 3 axes:

  • Gardening groups: two or three people from different cultures benefit from a plot of 80m² of garden to cultivate and maintain throughout the year. A permaculture specialist will accompany this project by coming to the site several weeks a year.
  • French language weekly workshops: foreign participants will be able to benefit from online French classes.
  • The extended meetings: 4 conferences-meetings-exchanges on themes such as "the environment here and elsewhere", "food and gastronomy of the world" will be offered to the general public. 

During this project, the MIRADOR association will promote both the creation of groups by putting interested people in touch, and support the process of meeting throughout the project by its presence at all workshops.

A few words about intercultural gardens:

The so-called intercultural gardens exist to facilitate and promote the social link between refugees, migrants and native people of the country where it is located. Gardens are seen as the ideal place because migrant people often come from rural communities and can thus put into practice and share their knowledge and skills in the new country. Refugees often plant vegetables and herbs from their country. Thus all participants can discover new species and their uses.


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