Be a Farmer program for the Spring batch is on at Organo Et School Children’s Farm for almost one and a half months now. Last Sunday, 13 March 2022, members of Spring batch continued their journey into the second leg.
Around 7 Children came to the Children’s farm at 8:30 am to learn and tend to their farm patches. The patches had fresh green growth of small vegetable plants like Coriander, Radish, Spring onions, tomatoes, beetroot and brinjals. These were all sown by our young farmers a month back. To see them germinate and slowly grow up to become small plants is a delight for these young farmers, every time.
During this session, Tejashilpa Permaculturist and OES farm coach helped children identify which kind of root systems were developing in their patches. They also learnt to identify pests on the leaves and stems of vegetable plants growing in their patches. It was good to note that they could not find many such pests on the crops. Once they understood the harmful effects of pest attack, they all went on to learn making natural pesticides. Shilpa gave them a detailed demonstration of Neem oil and soaked soap nuts solution being mixed to make a natural pesticide by diluting these 2 in proper proportions, with water. Thereafter children followed Shilpa to spray Neem oil solution on their vegetable plants if they found any pests. Shilpa also discussed the pros and cons of Neem oil spray application with them.
Then came an interesting activity, staking of tomatoes and why is it important? All young farmers dug holes and erected short poles for tying staking ropes along their farm patches near to tomato plants. By doing such difficult tasks during this program they learn to develop respect for farmers, who put in so much arduous work to bring food to their table.
Having a remarkably interesting and knowledge-oriented session, kids were all set to cleanup and bid goodbye to each other and leave.
We recognize that for any positive impact to be sustainable, it must be long-term and inter-generational. Organo Et School strives to create an apt learning environment that will support and empower families as well as individuals to embrace sustainable living mindsets and habits.
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, 6000+ students and 2500+ adults participate over the last 4 years.
We believe in connecting children & adults with nature. Connecting children with the natural world at a young age is the first step in creating responsible stewards for our collective future.
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