On Sunday, April 16th, 30 people experienced the joy of harvesting at Organo Et School (OES) farm. They were introduced to natural farming, harvested methi and gongura, made jeevamrutham, and took a tour of the OES farm where they saw different plants and vegetable crops.
All the families arrived early in the morning at the farm, we welcomed them cordially and made them sit under the tent. They all seemed excited to participate and harvest leafy vegetables with their own hands, as they rarely experienced it. Ms. Garima Goel, Program Coordinator at OES, introduced participants to the why behind our initiatives. Ms.Garima, requested Ms. Sredevi Ande to share her experience of working as a farm coach for our Kindergardeners Program.
Mr. Vijay Ramana N, Farming manager at Organo, explained how natural farming differs from conventional farming and its role in soil regeneration.
Families were later directed toward the patches where the Gongura and Methi were fully grown for them to harvest. All the adults along with the children started harvesting leafys as demonstrated by Mr. Vijay.
Children enjoyed harvesting Methi and Gongura out of the soil with bare hands.
Parents were very happy to see their children enjoy the act of holding the plants and gently harvesting them.
Grandparents who came along with their grandchildren had a lot of memorable moments at the farm. In the end, they weighed their harvest and kept it safe in their bags to enjoy a farm-fresh meal at home later in the day.
After fully harvesting their patches, all of them sat around buckets arranged for them to make Jeevamrutham. Mr. Vijay, suggested one child from each family to participate in making this biofertilizer. Children had a lot of fun mixing the ingredients like cow dung, cow urine, besan, jaggery, and soil.
When all of them finished making Jeevamrutham and had breakfast, Mr. Vijay took all the participants on a farm tour to show them different crop varieties grown on OES farm. Participants also bought naturally grown onions at our farm.
Families left the OES farm after sharing their wonderful experiences with us. OES team was very happy to know that each of the participants irrespective of their age was able to enjoy this harvesting activity in the lap of nature. We hope to make more urban families from Hyderabad experience these simple pleasures of farming in a rural environment.
Organo Et School empowers people to embrace eco-living mindsets, behaviors, and habits. We recognize that for any positive impact to be sustainable, it must be long-term and inter-generational.
Organo Et School is a learning initiative set up by Organo in 2017 and has been facilitating field visits and workshops for Schools and Interest Groups. Organo Et School has had over 25+ schools, 6500+ students, and 3000+ adults participate over the last 5 years.
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