Learning to grow Mini Farms in Homes

Author:
Garima Goel
September 15, 2021

With the rain letting up a little, the farm was drier than last week, but we also had a lot of overgrowth to deal with. So, while our team were looking at recreating the farm patches, we continued our learning online.

We had a very interactive online session, with our Young Farmers, last Sunday. Children logged into their systems for a fun-filled session with our in-house expert Meena. After a quick recap of last week's learning, Meena shared the present status of the farm. She hoped to have the next session at the farm, the following Sunday, much to the children’s delight.

Subsequently, participants showed their farm logbook entries. They had done nice colorful illustrations in their Farm Logbooks. Meena then introduced the topic of nature awareness and weather awareness. Children excitedly shared their knowledge amongst all attendees. This discussion turned into a very interactive interface on Cloud Bursts and Monsoon Rains in our area. Interestingly, most of our young farmers were aware of the difference between the two:

Cloud Bursts - A cloudburst is an extreme amount of precipitation in a short period of time over a small area of land, sometimes accompanied by hail and thunder, which is capable of creating flood conditions.

Monsoon Rains - Usually, the term monsoon is used to refer to the rainy phase of a seasonally changing pattern in the Indian Subcontinent.

Later, Meena shared how the children can create their own mini farm in their home! She spoke about growing Micro-greens. She asked children if they knew about microgreens, and yes, our young farmers are an aware lot! They were engaged further on this topic, by a short quiz, and bang came all answers from amongst children. Later, more information was shared, on how to setup a Mini farm in our homes growing micro-greens. Children mentioned a few microgreens they knew about like, Palak, Methi, Coriander, Mint, basil etc. As the discussion grew deeper, children started sharing recipes using these microgreens, that they like eating at home.

Further on, Meena asked them to refer to a few of the pages in their Farm Logbooks and do interesting activities during the coming week. The highlight of the session was one of our young farmers showing us a real weaver bird's nest. This motivates us more, that our children are so observant and keen on learning about nature. We closed the session with a recap of all the activities done during the “Be a Farmer program” so far.

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