In their 4th session, kindergardeners learned how to create a soil mix, apply neem oil as a pesticide, and draw leaves before painting them with coffee. We were delighted to see the children returning to the farm week after week to gain knowledge on how to grow food.
Upon arriving at the farm, the children enthusiastically went to their designated patches to observe the progress of their plants. Following this, they gathered in the shaded area, where Ms. Sandhya Tipparti inquired about the completion of their assigned tasks from the previous week. Most children had completed their work, although some forgot to bring it to the farm. Ms. Tipparti also asked the children what they would cultivate if they had a farm, with responses ranging from strawberries to mangoes.
After this casual conversation, their teacher, Ms. Sreedevi Ande, demonstrated how to create a neem oil solution using neem oil and soapnut water.
Following the preparation, Ms. Sreedevi showed the children how to apply this solution to the small spinach and coriander leaves.
After the demonstration, each child applied neem oil to their respective patches.
Upon completing this activity, the children were invited to explore a polyhouse to learn about protective cultivation. Subsequently, Ms. Sreedevi explained to the children how they could grow plants at home by creating a soil mix.
She demonstrated the entire process, emphasizing the correct ratios of soil, neem cake, cocopeat, and compost.
Following this instructional session, a coffee painting workshop, guided by Ms. Susmita Changkakoty, took place. The children selected a leaf of their choice from Mandala garden and began drawing on chart papers. After selecting drawing leaves, they were provided with brushes and coffee paint to start their painting. The children thoroughly enjoyed this painting activity, and upon completing their artwork, each one bid us farewell.
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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