On a very pleasant morning of 24th July 2022, at the Organo Et School Childrens’ Farm campus, the soil was a bit slushy after a rainy day on Saturday. But as the morning Sun came out on Sunday morning, children came in with their parents, looking forward to a fun session at the farm.
All of them looked fresh and happy to be back at their farm patches, to nurture the vegetable plants. Shilpa OES farm coach called all of them and asked them to start weeding their patches, as more weeds crop up during the rains. Weeding in progress, some found it difficult to weed out the roots along with the plant, while others learnt a better way of using a trowel to dig the roots out. Getting some help from parents' kids were able to weed out all weeds from their patches.
Shilpa revised last week’s learning, making Neem oil solution for spraying to eliminate the pests. All of them made this solution on their own under Shilpa’s supervision, filled their spray bottles and went on to spray luxuriously on the leaves of all their plants.
It was time for some knowledge sharing now. Shilpa asked them what seeds are and how they help us? Some very interesting replies came from the participants. Shilpa had displayed a number of seeds for participants to observe and identify. She made them identify Lady finger, Carrots, Amaranthus, Cluster beans, Soya, Beetroots, Spinach, Fenugreek seeds. She also asked each of them to identify these once again, on their own. Everyone enjoyed this activity, and recorded lots of videos of kids identifying the seeds. After the seed identification activity, it was harvest time! All the young farmers set foot inside the polyhouse at the OES farm to harvest some Beetroots. Each of them managed to harvest 4-5 Beetroots by themselves. Next it was time for plucking some Gongora leaves to take to their mom’s kitchen. This brought smiles to the kids and mom’s faces alike. Hence, we came to the close of session 4 of this BAF batch.
We recognize that for any positive impact to be sustainable, it has to 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 fields 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.
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 of our collective future.
If you or your children are interested in the Be a Farmer program, please connect to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and by phone 9154100775 today!