IN SCHOOL

Get your hands green









Apart from understanding the geographical requirements for crops, we learnt how important it was to be patient, because no matter how hard or fast we tried, the seeds would take their own time to germinate. We were ecstatic when we saw the seeds germinate and felt we were the reason behind a new life. We also learnt team-management and teamwork because it is nearly impossible to carry out this work without cooperation and understanding. The feel of the wet clay on our hands was refreshing. Though we were initially reluctant to get our hands dirty we enjoyed it a lot. We also had a new-felt respect for the farmers as we realised how difficult it was to sweat it out in the sun. As future citizens of the country, we realised we have a big role to play in conserving mother nature.





How to get green manure

Sow the seeds, grow leguminous plants and wait for them to grow up to three feet.

Plough the soil in such a way that the roots of the leguminous plant remains while the rest is cut off.

Leave the soil to decompose for 15 to 20 days.

Till the soil.

Grow the desired crop.

The above steps ensure that the pests die a natural death.






Food you can grow easily

Spinach, cabbage, cauliflower, eggplant, cucumber and tomatoes.

Carrots, beetroot, potatoes.

Peanuts.

Millets.




Adopt a plot

To get a better insight into organic farming, students can adopt a patch of land and plant an assigned crop.

Crops such as cotton, lentil, wheat, peanut and corn can be grown.

Students can document how the crops are nurtured.

Organically grown vegetables such as bitter gourd, okra, bottle gourd, snake gourd, brinjal, ridge gourd, cucumber, radish, coconut and raw banana can be cooked and served at the school.




Planting healthy lessons

Here are some of the things we learnt while tending crops. Why don’t you try your hand at it and tell us if you agree?

Apart from understanding the geographical requirements for crops, we learnt how important it was to be patient, because no matter how hard or fast we tried, the seeds would take their own time to germinate. We were ecstatic when we saw the seeds germinate and felt we were the reason behind a new life. We also learnt team-management and teamwork because it is nearly impossible to carry out this work without cooperation and understanding. The feel of the wet clay on our hands was refreshing. Though we were initially reluctant to get our hands dirty we enjoyed it a lot. We also had a new-felt respect for the farmers as we realised how difficult it was to sweat it out in the sun. As future citizens of the country, we realised we have a big role to play in conserving Mother Nature.



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