It was another rainy morning with few sunny breaks thrown in by Rain Gods. Children logged in from their computers for an online session with our in-house expert Meena Murugappan.
Meena started the session by introducing Sustainability. She asked children, what Sustainability means to them? Sustainable Development means “the development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”
She then initiated an interesting discussion about seasonal fruits and vegetables. All of them named a few seasonal and round the year vegetables and fruits and their places of origin in the world. Seasonal being a better choice when compared to procuring them from far away locations. She asked them to imagine an avocado travelling from New Zealand or Mexico for them to eat in Hyderabad.
Children gave their perspectives to this scenario, and all agreed regarding fuel wastage and costs incurred in getting this avocado. So, they all understood the benefits of consuming seasonal fruits and vegetables locally available in Hyderabad during this interactive session.
All of them were excited about learning to use their Farm Logbook. The Farm logbook helped children learn, how to plan a farm patch, they planned their own farm patches in their books. They put these plans by drawing favorite veggies & fruits in their logbooks.
Meena took them over to the next topic of different types of soils available in India. In the logbook, they saw the location where black cotton soil is available in India with the help of a map. Besides this map, 3 more maps of India are there, wherein they have to mark locations of other types of soils - Laterite Soil, Red soil, Alluvial soil- found in India. They were asked to research online and mark in these 3 maps.
Furthermore, they were asked to read a page on Soil Preparation from the logbook, then write a thought about soil and draw how they saw their farm soil to be like. This was to know about their experience of touching and working with soil.
During session conclusion, children were asked to do these exercises in the logbook and send the pictures to us. All in all, there were a lot of queries and experience sharing amongst them and with us.
About Organo Et School (OES)
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.