OES new farm campus buzzed with activity on the Childrens’ Day 14 November, 21, with young farmers coming in from all over Hyderabad.
All new young farmers looked excited and full of energy as Ms. Meena inaugurated the second batch of 'Be a Farmer’ program. The new batch will follow the Winter Crop Cycle of cultivation. After the introduction of OES farm coach Ms. Shilpa, who is a permaculturist and a farmer herself, Ms. Meena asked the children to describe the weather conditions at the farm. Then, she also asked each of them how was the internal weather, meaning how they felt inside?
As the children saw the farm patches allocated to them, with their name boards, they were incredibly happy and wanted to start the activity immediately. Shilpa briefed them about the step wise farm process of loosening and preparing the soil, making space for sowing, sowing seeds, watering the beds. As soon as Shilpa finished, our young farmers took the seed and sapling trays provided to them by OES supervisors, they ran towards their respective patches.
Children were provided with vegetable seeds and saplings, Chilly (nonleafy sapling), Tomato (nonleafy sapling), Carrot (nonleafy seed), Okra (nonleafy seed), Coriander (leafy), Soya (leafy), placed on an wooden Areca leaf plate. Shilpa demonstrated the process of sowing and transplanting the vegetables to children. After which children confidently tried repeating the sowing process with the parents also pitching in to help and enjoy this activity.
Children ran up to the water source to fill up the watering cans, to sprinkle water on the sowed seed beds and small vegetable saplings. Making sure that every bit of their farm patch is tendered to, children washed and wiped up themselves.
OES distributed Farm logbooks to each participant, for recording their learning during the program. Slowly all our young farmers bid farewell to the OES farm at around 11:30am. So after a busy farming session on Sunday children set course back to Hyderabad.
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.