Redesigning Be A Farmer for Teens by OES

Author:
Naren Suresh
July 21, 2022

Adolescence is one of the most critical phases in the life of any human that helps transition a child to an adult. It is accompanied by a spurt of physical and mental growth. Any teenager would know how they are having to cope with the changes that are happening to them both physically and mentally. Teenage is definitely not an easy time for anyone, including me! Due to hormonal changes that happen in the body and the change in body's metabolism, this is the right time to lay the foundation for good health. 

Of course, being a teenager myself, I would admit that it is not easy to resist going out with friends, indulging in eating fast foods or having soft drinks. However, doing this without any control is definitely going to have its consequences. That's why you should know about the food you eat. What better way of doing it than to join a program like "Be a farmer" where you can learn how the food is grown and make the right choices while eating!

The food we eat, even the food that we think is healthy, has a lot of dangerous chemicals left over due to pesticides. As per CropLife India, "Food crops must compete with 30,000 species of weeds, 3,000 species of nematodes and 10,000 species of plant-eating insects. We know that despite the use of modern crop protection products 20-40% of potential food production is still lost every year to pests. These losses can occur while the crop is growing in the field, when it is in storage and in the home. In short, an adequate, reliable food supply cannot be guaranteed without the use of crop protection products."  It gets even worse when you talk of growing vegetables like cauliflower or cabbage. Cauliflower and cabbage need up to 25 rounds of pesticide spray to safeguard them. These toxic chemicals remain in the vegetable even after 35 to 45 days of harvest. Imagine what it can do to your hormones and metabolism! Can we stop eating our favourite cauliflower Manchurian? No, but this is when it becomes important to understand sustainable ways of growing them using natural alternatives. Using neem extract azadirachtin in the form of pellets, scientists have been able to grow cauliflower with negligible pesticide residue.  It not only saves the soil from degradation due to use of chemicals, but also enhances the fertility of the soil.

If you want to be a part of designing a program that teaches natural and sustainable alternatives to grow your own food and take control of your diet, influence other teenagers to adopt healthy eating practices, definitely register for the "Design Thinking Workshop" using this link: https://forms.gle/REmL7vP9vmidVSu48. You'll not only get to help redesign the "Be a Farmer" program for teenagers, but also get a special discount for the "Be a Farmer" program. Come and join other teenagers in a hands-on program where we can all have fun in getting hands on with growing vegetables in a sustainable way. You will get to make awesome friends, influence our communities to adopt healthier practices, and make some delicious healthy foods at home with the vegetables you grow!

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, 6500+ students and 3000+ adults participate over the last 5 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!

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