On September 1, 2023, 131 Gaudium school students from the third grade, along with their instructors and school staff, arrived at our farm. Organo Et School and farm staff greeted them all and led them to the assembly area. The children seated beneath the tent area ate small snacks that they had brought with them.
Mr. Srinath Manda, General Manager of OES, gave an introduction in which he discussed sustainability. Mr. Vijay Ramana then introduced Natural Farming. He described the techniques of natural farming, the different types of soil, and the benefits of natural fertilizer for soil enrichment. He also teaches them about how natural farming benefits both people and the environment. We explained how we can live a chemical-free lifestyle. We discussed how we manufacture bioenzyme and live a sustainable lifestyle.
Students were divided into groups and dispersed to see the farm area, with some remaining to undertake some activity.
The youngsters were really delighted to tour around the farm and observe the various crops and veggies.
They witnessed papaya plants, banana plantations, soyabean plantations, and various vegetables such as chilli, spinach, amaranthus, ginger, and ridgegaurd, among others.
They also went to the polyhouse to learn how to produce vegetables within a netted house.
The second group of students got to work on their soil test. Under the supervision of Susmita Changkakoty, assistant programme coordinator, and Sreedevi Ande, an expert in urban gardening, they filled the bottles with soil and watched as various soil layers settled inside. For homework, they were handed handouts on the soil.
Making a Jeevamrutham was the group's second activity. Children were made to sit with the material kit while learning about the many materials that go into producing Jeevamrutham. Sreedevi Ande gave them an introduction to the various ingredients, including soil, besan, cowdung, cow urine, and jaggery. The majority of the kids could name the objects. She gave them instructions on how to produce the jeevamrutham, and OES farm supervisor Mr. Nagraj filled the bottles with the jeevamrutham so they could take it home and use it on their plants. We offered jeevamrutham handouts and an activity book before the children said goodbye.
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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