Given that the OES’s Children Farm was flooded last week, we had decided to take some additional measures to protect the children’s farm from further flooding. This meant that the farm was closed. But we wanted to keep the momentum going and relocated to Slow Down Place at Aziz Nagar for this week’s session.
As week 4 is a good check-point to evaluate learning outcomes thus far, Slow Down Place (SDP) was a great venue to do that. SDP has a lovely café, with a small farm and a goshala.
Our Director, Meena Murugappan, welcomed the children and their parents. After settling down, she walked the children through Farm Log Book. She walked them through the log book and helped them understand how to use the book.
After which, there was a walkabout through the adjacent farm where the students recognized various vegetables and made observations of stem, leaves, flowers and fruits/vegetables. They also spent time with a couple of Cows and Calves in the mini-goshala.
After the walk-about, everyone settled back into the café for a knowledge sharing session with our collaborator & expert Uma Iyer. She introduced the children to the farming seasons in India. Rabi crops are sown in winter from October to December and harvested in summer from April to June. Kharif crops are grown with the onset of monsoon in different parts of the country and these are harvested in September-October. In between the rabi and the kharif seasons, there is a short season during the summer months known as the Zaid season.
Soon, it was time to wrap-up with a few notes on how to come prepared for Week 5, where the children will restart their farm activity with seeding and transplanting.
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 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.