In September the BigPicnic travelling exhibition developed by University Botanic Gardens of Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” visited the three University Botanic Gardens in Bulgaria (Sofia, Varna and Balchik). The two days of events included exhibiting the BigPicnic project and partners involved in it, discussion of food security and poster sessions and interactive demonstrations about urban gardening and traditional and little known edible plants that can be grown in Bulgaria. The format and the duration of exhibitions were planned in advance according to the feedback from local meetings and co-creation sessions.
Information panels about edible plants. Photo credit: UBG - Sofia
kids, students, young and self-motivated people were involved. The people were
invited through the UBG web-site, social networks, leaflets disseminated into
the shops nearby each botanical garden as well as e-mails and personal
first day of the travelling exhibition the main topic of food security was
presented through posters and discussion. Participants were invited to include
their views on a partially prepared concept map. There was an exhibition about urban
gardening good practices which was accompanied by short hands-on activities. The
exhibitions included posters with information about traditional and little
known edible plants that we can grow in Bulgaria. The plants were presented
according to their nutrition qualities.
continued with a cooking demonstration on what can be prepared at this time of
year with seasonal food and plants grown at home. Each one of the participants
had the opportunity to take part in the cooking.
There were also
prepared bags with take home activity kits designed especially for the event.
The participants shared their favourite recipes with seasonal plants grown in
Activity about urban gardening. Photo credit: UBG - Sofia
The second day of the events were planned for
observation of the visitors' interests and opinions around food security. Botanic workshops on edible
plants and herbs were organised for kids.
where held on the following dates:
UBG - Sofia –1st to 2
UBG - Balchik
– 26th to 27 September 2017,
UBG - Varna – 29th to 30 September 2017.
practices regarding urban gardening were shared with people through short
demonstrations and examples. The activities and the exciting cooking
demonstrations inspired the participants to take part in discussion on
food security issues.
lot of data was collected from visitors in different ways: feedback
sheets; observation forms and a tracking sheet that will help us to ascertain public opinion related to the topics of the exhibition.
total the exhibitions attracted around 600 people.
next steps are to manage the upcoming science cafés
according to the feedback from the questionnaires and to analyse the data from
the events in the context of RRI.
Botanic workshop. Photo credit: UBG - Sofia