Recap OES Rurban Forest workshop at Organo Antharam

Author:
Garima Goel
April 14, 2022

On 9th April 22, Sunday morning Organo Et School conducted the Rurban Forest Workshop at Organo Antharam Site.

This involved Organo Antharam residents coming forward for a tree plantation drive. The workshop was very well conducted by Ms. Satya Aruna, a key member of IGBC. She very effectively explained the plantation process. She interactively covered the reasons for low survival rate of trees planted by government and other agencies. According to her, the main reasons are plantation drives done during wrong season causing a weather shock for plant saplings. For this saplings should be brought to the plantation site at least one week in advance from plantation day. This will ensure plants get used to the new environment and settle well when planted in new soil and location.

If the weather is hot, transplantation should be done during morning or evening hours, when temperatures are lower. Overwatering should be avoided. The soil mix should be an appropriate mixture of soil, neem cake and manure, following the natural farming process. The plants should be wisely chosen to suit the land and location. Mostly native plants should be given preference over exotic ones. This will ensure success of plantation drive and better foliage and health of plants and soil. Even the roots spread at maturity should be kept in mind while planting trees.

While planting small plants in bigger pits proper care should be taken. The pit depth should be the same as the root size of the sapling. The plants should be carefully taken out of the nursery coverings, without damaging the mother root. We should ensure that soil around the roots should be kept intact while placing it in bigger pit. While filling back the soil around the transplanted plant's root, care must be taken not to press the soil too hard or let it too loose.

Over 20 participants, in the age group of 10 years to 65 years attended this workshop. They joyfully participated in the tree plantation activity and the tree identification activity. Once the plantation was done all participants, ensuring newly planted trees were watered well, moved to the shamyaana for a cool buttermilk break. All of them thanked our expert and exchanged notes personally with her.  Formally thanking Satya Aruna by awarding her a certificate of appreciation, Mr. Rakesh, Sustainability Head at Organo Eco Habitats, brought this workshop to a close. Overall, this was a very educative and informative session for the attendees.

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.

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