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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.