Launching Be a Farmer program at OES Children’s Farm

Author:
Meena Murugappan
July 20, 2021

Registrations closed, Slots filled.

Thanks to the overwhelming response we received from enthusiastic participants, all slots are filled and hence we are closing registrations. If you are keen to be a part of our program, please leave your information in this waiting list registration form. we will notify you if any slots become available.

Launching Be a Farmer program at OES Children’s Farm

Do you want to introduce farming to your child? Do you want them to know where and how their food is grown? Do you have kids who are not afraid to get dirty, jump in and help, learn fast and work hard? Then, be sure to enroll them in the Be a Farmer program at OES Children’s Farm.  

Here’s why we think every child should experience farming:

  1. Farming teaches children where their food comes from
  1. Farming teaches children how to care for the soil
  1. Farming teaches children nature and weather awareness
  1. Farming teaches children a better appreciation for food
  1. Farming teaches children plant life-cycle and farm eco-systems
  1. Farming teaches children responsibility
  1. Farming teaches children self-reliance
  1. Farming teaches children resilience and problem-solving skills
  1. Farming teaches children patient & endurance
  1. Farming teaches children the joy of reward after hard work

We are offering an immersive learning experience for children through Be a Farmer program. Click here to enroll your child!

About Be a Farmer program

Once enrolled, 20 children will be allotted 48 sq.ft patch each to farm. They will be given a harvest program for 120 days (a typical harvest cycle). They will be guided by our farming team members and OES team members on natural farming techniques. They will have hands-on learning from soil preparation, seeding, tending, weeding, plant health care, harvesting, plant maturity, composting, to mulching. They will have to visit the patch (along with their parent/guardian) every weekend during designated hours and care for their crops.  

Because this program is designed as a hands-on experience that will take children through an entire crop cycle, we request the parents to bring the children every Sunday/Saturday (day and time to be confirmed end of June) to tend to their respective farm patches. If the farm patch is left untended, weeds grow, crop cycle get disrupted, plants get impacted and learning is interrupted.  

For Batch 1, there are 20 slots only. We are opening the program to 8-13 years age group. There is a nominal program fee of Rs.2,000/- per child

What we can provide
  1. Approx. 48 sq.ft farm patch for each child to farm on during the program duration of 120 days (4-month crop cycle, seed to mulching)
  1. Seasonal saplings (4 veggies, 4 leafys), jeevamrutham, neem oil and natural farming guidance on what to do on a weekly basis
  1. Farming coaches, who will guide children on the weekly schedule of activities for the seasonal crops
  1. Source of water for watering the plants
  1. Informal seating for parents/guardians under a young neem tree near the farm patches

What the children are requested to do
  1. Engage in farming tasks such as soil preparation, seeding, weeding, tending, growing, harvesting, and more
  1. Come and leave at designated time every weekend in order to tend to their farm patch
  1. Bring their own gardening tools (gloves, spades, watering cans, small shovels, small rakes, garden scissors, fabric twines, etc), and apt attire (including monsoon gear & garden boots/shoes)
  1. Follow farm-friendly behavior &follow necessary Covid protocols
  1. Bring food, drinking water & snacks for themselves
  1. Bring hand towels, cloth napkins, sanitizers, masks for themselves
  1. Bring paper/cloth bags to carry the fresh produce harvested by them and take it back home

At the end of the Crop Cycle in October, the children would

  1. Have hands-on immersive experience in raising seasonal food crops
  1. Have gained and understanding on natural farming methods
  1. Have seen the farming cycle during the monsoon season and its impacts
  1. Have gained knowledge on plant care and lifecycle  
  1. Get a certificate from OES on course completion
  1. Get featured on OES website and Social Media Channels recognizing their efforts

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 the Be a Farmer program, please connect to us at oes@organo.co.in and by phone 9154100775 today! You can also click here to enroll your child!

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