Khoj update |5B & 5E | 23.02.24

The last and much-awaited visit to Sancholi farms began with the advent of our curious learners of Grade 5B and 5E to the assigned assembly point at 6:30 am on 23rd February 2024. As they reached the farm, they were welcomed by their instructors who gave a quick recap of the last visit for both the sections post a nutritious breakfast time. Thereafter, two groups were formed for two activities, namely harvesting and estimation of farming surplus. As 5E headed for a detailed survey of mustard seeds, 5B was assigned the task of harvesting their crops.  

The survey was conducted to make the learners aware of the concept of ‘Surplus in Farming’ and various techniques to manage it well. One such technique is ‘Crop yield estimation’. It is a process that can quantify crop yield by averaging. Our young learners were introduced to this technique through a detailed worksheet. They enjoyed using a simple calculative approach to understand the same. The next step in the process included an intricate study on how to preserve crops for times of need. This comprised a constructive discussion on the seed cycle which helped the students get an insight into the complete journey of a seed from sowing, flowering, and fruition to being harvested and distributed and being replaced by a new seed for the same process. Learners were awestruck to realise the complexity of the entire cycle. This was followed by a short break.

Subsequently, the groups were swapped after which 5E went for crop harvesting wherein they reaped the crops of beetroot, peas and radish. A delectable lunch is scheduled for 1:00 pm after which these learners will have a Q and A session with the farmers. They’ll be informed about the challenges that the farmers face more often. They’ll also get acquainted with various opportunities that the agricultural field holds in the future.

Afterward, the students will be served snacks and will have the closure of the session through self-reflection. It is during this time that our learners will revisit their entire journey of Khoj and will be able to connect deeper with the joys and hardships of the farmers’ lives by asking questions and deliberating upon them. They’ll board the buses at around 4:00 PM for their way back to the school and are expected to reach school by 5:00 PM.

Khoj update |5D & 5F| 21.02.24

“Strong communities are built around local, real food. Food we trust to nourish our bodies, the farmer and planet.”                                   ― Kimbal Musk

The students of Grade 5D and 5F arrived for their last Khoj visit, eager for an enriching opportunity to immerse themselves in the life of farmers and witness firsthand the fruits of their labor with one final harvest. Despite a slight delay due to an unexpected issue with one of the buses, anticipation and excitement filled the air as they set off for the farm. They reached their destination by 8:25 am. Welcomed warmly by their instructors and farmers, the students started the day’s activities after a nutritious breakfast.

While one section observed the crop status and conducted a detailed survey of mustard seeds to learn the concept of ‘Surplus in Farming’, the other section actively participated in crop harvesting, reaping beetroot, peas, spinach, and radish. The session on surplus in farming led to a discussion of techniques to preserve seeds for future needs, offering a comprehensive understanding of the seed cycle. From sowing to harvesting and redistribution, students marveled at the ways in which nature provides and sustains itself by using each and every part of the crop. Their learning was consolidated through hands-on activities in the field and calculating the surplus using a worksheet.

After a refreshing lemonade and cookie break, the students swapped activities. Following a scrumptious lunch scheduled for 1:00 pm, students will engage in a Q&A session with farmers, delving deeper into the challenges and joys that farmers face in their day-to-day life. This session will culminate in self-reflection, allowing students to connect deeply with the entire Khoj experience, reflect on their key learnings, and take away valuable insights.

Before departing for school at 4:00 pm, students will enjoy warm milk and snacks, aiming to arrive back at school by 5:00 pm, enriched by their immersive farm experience.

Khoj updates | 5G | 20.02.24

The eagerly anticipated visit to Sancholi farms commenced as the Grade 5G students gathered at 6:40 am. Upon arrival at the farm at 8:00 am, they received a warm welcome from their experts and farmers, who led them on a brief walk to observe the crop status after enjoying a wholesome breakfast. Reflecting on their previous visits, they shared their key learnings with the expert. Subsequently, they engaged in a thorough examination of mustard seeds to understand the concept of ‘Surplus in Farming’ and various techniques for its management, including ‘Crop yield estimation’. Through a detailed worksheet, the young learners were introduced to this technique and enjoyed employing a simple calculative approach to comprehend it before taking a short break.

The following phase involved an extensive study on crop preservation for future needs, including the seed cycle, which left the young learners amazed as they witnessed and understood the journey of a seed from sowing to harvesting and how seed distribution initiates a new crop cycle. Following this, they proceeded to participate in crop harvesting, reaping beetroot, spinach, peas, and radish crops.

A delightful lunch is scheduled for 1:00 pm, after which the learners will engage in a session with farmers to learn about their lives and address their queries. The session will conclude with a reflection and circle time. After a snack break, students will board the bus by 4:00 pm and are expected to return to the school by 4:50 pm.

Khoj updates | 5C & 5I |19.02.24

                                   

“Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit.” –Edward Abbey

The last and much awaited visit to Sancholi farms began with the advent of our curious learners of Grade 5C and 5I to the assigned assembly point at sharp 6:30 am on 19th February,2024. As they reached the farm, they were heartily welcomed by their instructors who gave a quick recap of the last visit for both the sections post a nutritious breakfast time.Thereafter, two groups were formed for two different interchangeable activities, namely harvesting and estimation of farming surplus. As 5C headed for a detailed survey of mustard seeds, 5I was assigned the task of harvesting its crops.  

The survey was conducted to make the learners aware of the concept of ‘Surplus in Farming’ and various techniques to manage it well. One such technique is ‘Crop yield estimation’. It is a process that can quantify crop yield by averaging. Our young learners were introduced to this technique through a detailed worksheet. They enjoyed using a simple calculative approach in understanding the same. The next step in the process included an intricate study on how to preserve crops for the times in need. This comprised of a constructive discourse on seed cycle which helped the students get an insight of the complete journey of a seed from sowing, flowering and fruition to being harvested and distributed and hence, being replaced by a new seed for the same process. Learners were awestruck to realise the complexity of the entire cycle. This was followed by a short break.

Subsequently, the groups were swapped after which 5C went for crop harvesting wherein they reaped the crops of beetroot, peas and radish. A delectable lunch is scheduled for 1:00 pm after which these learners will have a Q and A session with the farmers. They’ll be informed about the challenges that the farmers face more often. They’ll also get acquainted with various opportunities that the agricultural field holds in future.

In the later time, the students will be served a healthy supper and will have the closure of the session through self- reflection. It is during this time that our learners will revisit their entire journey of Khoj and will be able to connect deeper with the joys and hardships of the farmers’ life by asking questions and deliberating upon them. They’ll board the buses at around 4:00 PM for their way back to the school and are expected to reach school by 5:00 PM.