Having young farmers collect at the OES Children’s farm campus each Sunday is a delight for us all. And especially on a day when there are loads in store during the farming session.
Children were very excited to be back at the farm and ran to their farm patches to have a look. As the farm coaches Meena and Venkatesh called them all to the table, all of them came to listen to the briefing. The natural farming activities planned for this Sunday were:
1. Resowing green leafy vegetable seeds.
2. Pouring buttermilk at the roots
3. Spraying Neem Oil and soap solution on the Leafs.
As the children got the soaked seeds of Coriander and Fenugreek (Methi), they all went to prepare the soil beds at their farm patches. Having removed all the pebbles and gravel from the little soil patches, they spread the seeds by broadcast method. Then they covered these seeds with a thin layer of loose soil. After this they watered the sown seeds by sprinkling some water over them.
The second activity was applying butter milk to the vegetable plants of Tomatoes and Bhendi at the root level. This is a Natural farming technique to help in growth and pest control of vegetables plants. Children helped themselves with mugs of butter milk provided by OES and poured it around the roots of their plants.
Having done the second activity, they all came to the table again, to listen to farm Coach Venkatesh. He told them how neem oil is extracted from the neem tree. This neem oil acts as a good pesticide for the plants, when mixed with soap solution made from soap nuts and water. This neem oil solution was sprayed by children, onto the leaves of vegetable plants all over the foliage .
This brought kids to the end of this session. But there’s always some surprise for them at the end of it all. They all harvested cabbages from the OES farm and some of them were bought by their parents. These were totally fresh and naturally cultivated vegetables that our young farmers were to enjoy back home. So, coming to OES farms is a celebration for all “Be A Farmer” families.
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.
If you or your children are interested in future Be a Farmer programs, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and by phone 9154100775 today! You can also click here to express your interest. We will keep you posted on our future farm cycles.
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