Young farmers kick start their farming journey

Naga Vamsi Neelam
February 8, 2023

A new chapter begins for 20 young aspiring farmers on January 29th, 2023, as they gather at the OES farm to embark on an immersive 8-10 week farming program. Brimming with excitement, these 9-13 year olds were eager to dive into the world of agriculture and learn the secrets of growing six diverse crops using only natural methods. With a team of experienced farmers guiding them every step of the way, these young learners were ready to get their hands dirty, and cultivate a deeper appreciation for the wonders of the land.

Getting to Know One Another

Children assembled around Ms. Shilpa Teja, a practitioner of permaculture. With her engaging personality and friendly demeanor, Ms. Teja led the group through a fun ice breaker, helping each participant break out of their shell and get to know one another. As introductions were made and nerves were put to ease, the stage was set for a day full of discovery and new experiences. 

Soil Preparation, Sowing Seeds and Mulching

After the ice breaker behind them, the eager young farmers were ready to delve into the world of soil. Guided by the knowledgeable Ms. Shilpa Teja, they got hands-on with soil preparation, carefully removing any rocks or pebbles and leveling the ground. 

Then, with wide eyes and attentive ears, they followed along as Ms. Teja showed them how to sow seeds for four delicious crops: Beetroot, Methi, Radish, and Coriander. As the tiny Methi and Coriander seeds were carefully placed in the soil using a broadcasting method and Radish and Beetroot by row sowing method, they were ready to plant the saplings of Brinjal and Tomato.

Under the guidance of their farm coach, they expertly covered the soil around each sapling with coconut fiber used for mulching, helping to preserve the precious humus, moisture, and protect heir precious plants from unwanted weeds. After mulching the watered the seeds and saplings gently.

The Delight of Harvesting

As an extension to all these exciting activities they are invited to harvest Amarantus, all our farming team helped the children to harvest them properly and remove the mud attached to the roots.

After harvesting these they all were guided to enter the OES netted house where they harvested healthy radishes bulging out of soil.

And with that, the day at the OES farm came to a close, leaving the young farmers-in-training inspired and motivated to come next week.

About Organo Et School (OES)

Organo Et School strives to empower 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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