Whitefield in Bengaluru used to earlier have farms spread across many acres of land, but now it’s a concrete jungle. But some kids are now trying to bring the farming practices back through their own little efforts.
The little kids in Gopalan Grandeur apartment in Hoodi Circle, Whitefield, are becoming experts in farming practices. About 30 of them, all falling in the KG-primary age group, have started an in-house mini farm, where they work from scratch and learn about growing vegetables.
From sowing seeds, watering regularly and de-weeding to reaping a harvest – they do it all on their own.
The result is pesticide-free vegetables, which they then consume, reports the Bangalore Mirror.
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So far, they’ve grown brinjal, palak, methi, pumpkin and a few other vegetables in their kitchen garden. One of the kids told the publication that they first sow the seeds, and as soon as they sprout, they start watering them. The next step is de-weeding.
Their parents also insist them to participate in a real-time plantation. The kids have been taught about interdependent living, and aren’t afraid to lift snails and other such creatures with their bare hands. All of this helps them connect with the soil in their mini farm.
Two men assist them in the garden, over which they’re very excited. “It is a nice place to come and unwind. I get a lot of friends here who also love farming. The assistive labour guides us through every process. It is like playing a game,” Shriya, who studies in Gopalan National School, told the Bangalore Mirror.