On 23rd Oct 2021, Saturday as the sun went down over the canopies of Slow Down Place, Aziz Nagar, Organo Et School team and Urban Gardening expert Ms.Sreedevi Ande, welcomed the participants of “Learn to Grow Your Own Microgreens" DIY workshop. As the participants started joining, they got excited looking at the beautiful Microgreen planters.
Microgreens, Macro Benefits
OES workshop began with our Director Meena Murugappan, introducing Organo Et School's various education initiatives, related to safe food and urban gardening.
Meena initiated the session by inviting Ms.Divya Konamme, a qualified Nutritionist and Menu designer at Slow Down Place, to share some nutrition facts about microgreens and health benefits they have over regular green vegetables and pulses. She emphasized that microgreens are 40% more nutrient rich than the fully grown vegetables, when consumed in the same amount by weight. She also, stressed the fact that microgreens should be eaten raw and uncooked to derive the maximum nutrition that they offer
Divya sharing nutrition facts about Microgreens
As we proceeded further, Ms.Sreedevi Ande, an ardent Urban Gardener and software professional at Microsoft, engaged the participants into an interactive quiz. She asked each of them, some questions about Microgreens and then gave them detailed answers to those questions using her laptop. She even shared botanical names for all the microgreen categories.
And then came the most interesting part of the workshop for the participants, “The Do It Yourself” along with demonstration by the expert. Ms.Sreedevi demonstrated the potting of sprouted seeds into cocopeat bed in coconut shells, to avoid use of plastic. With a little bit of water sprinkling over the seeds covered with a thin layer of cocopeat, all participants were ready to start their journey of growing microgreens themselves.
Post demonstration it was time for some refreshments, Tea/Coffee and hot pakoras. Each participant was bid adieu with a take away microgreens starter kit and potted coconut shell, from this workshop. We engage them a little longer, where they all are supposed to do some homework of filling up a monthly growth chart for the microgreens that they will grow using seeds in the starter kit. They can note down the baby plant's height and tick the date when they sprayed water on their microgreens.
Ms. Sreedevi even shared recipes for using microgreens in daily diet. So, in the end this workshop provided a comprehensive solution to growing and using microgreens in our food.
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.
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