On October 9, 2023, the 5th graders from Sancta Maria International School paid a visit to the Organo Et School farm campus in order to gain a deeper understanding of natural farming through hands-on activities. Approximately 51 enthusiastic students explored the premises with great delight.
As they strolled toward the shaded area, their curiosity was piqued by the various crops and vegetables grown on the farm. Warmly greeted by the Organo Et School team, they gathered beneath the shamiana and were introduced to the concepts of natural farming and its methods on the OES farm site. The students were then divided into two groups, with one group embarking on a farm tour.
In the initial session, students were taught about the significance of soil and its composition through a Mason jar soil test demonstration by our expert, Ms. Sreedevi Ande. She also discussed the enhancement of soil health using different natural fertilizers. Subsequently, they proceeded to the soil beds for a hands-on activity involving soil preparation and seed sowing.
Each student engaged in the exercise under the guidance of the OES team and their teachers. They used shovels provided by the OES team to break up soil particles, followed by sowing spinach, coriander, and methi seeds. They also covered the seeds with soil and watered them. Additionally, they learned to create Jeevamrutham, a plant bio-fertilizer.
The other group of students who embarked on a farm tour learned about the importance of the Mandala garden. They observed various methods for pest control that do not harm crops or soil. The students witnessed the farm's irrigation process and its water harvesting techniques.
Furthermore, they observed the traditional method of soybean peeling for the soybeans that had already been harvested on the farm.
Inside the polyhouse, they gained insights into polyhouse farming and its contributions to natural farming. They also assessed the growth stages of different vegetables within the polyhouse.
The students ventured to the banana plantation area to observe the growth stages of banana trees and understand their nutritional value. They also visited the nursery on our farm, observing the growth of saplings for various vegetables, trees, and ornamental plants. To conclude, the students returned to the shaded area, where they were treated to lemonade. Later, both groups swapped activities, engaging in the same experiences as the other group. Finally, they expressed their gratitude and bid us farewell, their happy faces reflecting the success of the day.
Organo Et School empowers people to embrace eco-living mindsets, behaviors, and habits. We recognize that for any positive impact to be sustainable, it must be long-term and inter-generational.
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, 6500+ students, and 3000+ adults participate over the last 5 years.
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