First Harvest, Staking Tomatoes and Story-Telling – 8th Session

Author:  
Meena Murugappan
October 12, 2021

Weekend began, like always, with weeding and checking for plant and soil health. The children noticed that the Cluster beans and Chilly plants needed some TLC (Tender Love and Care). They helped remove diseased leaves and stalks. They sowed new seeds, if required.

Children were taught what staking was, why we needed to stake plants like tomatoes and also how to stake. This took most of the sessions. The children were happy to be supported by their parents while staking the tomato plants.

Why is Staking important?

The main reason is to keep tomato plants and fruits off the soil. This help reduce fruit loss through rotting and from sun burn when fruit are not shaded by leaves.

Staking is when we use wooden rods as supports for plants. The plants are then tied to the rods using coir ropes. As the plants grow, the ropes are moved or tightened to support the growth and train the plant.

First Harvest!

After staking, the children harvesting Methi and Palak from their patches. While some leafy were well-grown and ready, some were not. The children were taught to recognize maturity as well as harvest technique ideal for both leafy varieties.

Performance Story-telling on the Farm

After farming activities, the children and parents rested under the neem trees and enjoyed an amazing story-telling session by Ms. Saujanya Yelisetty. During this session, she enthralled the kids with a story tailored for the children and the farming activity. She is a passionate story-teller and an active volunteer for several NGOs working for Social Good and has delivered diversified story-telling sessions in leadership, mythology as well as project management skills. And that brought the day’s activities to an pleasant end.

About Organo Et School (OES)

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, 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 of our collective future.

If you or your children are interested in future Be a Farmer programs, please connect to us at oes@organo.co.in 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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