TRAINING

Programs for School Children

Since 2007, this farm has been running various training programs aimed at training farmers on organic farm techniques and organic farm certification. During the years 2010-2014, the farm operated as ‘Model Integrated Organic Farm and Training Centre’- a project funded by NABARD. Ever since then, students from various schools have been visiting us. Since our training programs during this period were aimed at farmers and farmer aspirants, we are not sure, if the objectives of student visits are fulfilled. Also, we realized that many of the schools are very keen to teach students the importance of agriculture and take several initiatives such as kitchen garden at school to create awareness on the same.

So, we decided to specifically design appropriate programs for school children and also create new infrastructure to suit this need. We believe, we have been successful in this initiative taken by us. Some of the facilities have been created and some are to be completed. Before the commencement of the next academic year, the farm school will function with the entire infrastructure specifically addressing the needs of students. We are also hopeful of further improving the same based on feedback that we collect during students and farmers visits.

The farm in an expanse of 10 acres, houses a Poultry of native chicken, a Goat Farm, Cow Sheds, Fisheries unit, equipment and tools for various post harvest activities, a bull driven stone-wooden oil mill, a motorized, but traditional wooden oil mill apart from plots of fodder, paddy, vegetables, flowers etc, so that all aspects of farming are covered during training programs.

Each of the visit / program has very clear objectives and 5 clear learning’s are expected from each of the visits / programs. Over the years of training over 2500 farmers, we have developed this method and have seen this approach very useful and productive. Moreover, we also evaluate the learning’s at the end of every program to improve them further. While learning environment and methodology includes a lot of fun, we are very keen that visit objectives are not missed.

A typical list of programs is attached for your reference. These programs are designed based on the above mentioned concepts of clear objectives and five learning’s in each of the visits. The training programs aim to impart ‘Farm to Plate’ knowledge to learners. However, full knowledge on each crop / food is possible combining different programs. So, we offer you to choose the program that is most suited for the age group of students you intend to bring.

Generic One day Programs for School Children

 Level 1Standard: Upto 3Age: Upto 7Group Size: 20-30
CP-11, Introduction to Farming- Basic Training – Suitable for first visit
1 Field visit: Show vegetable garden, fodder plots,  paddy field, pulses garden, oil seed cultivation (groundnut / sesame / castor )- AGRI FARM
2Show cowshed, milking, goat farm, poultry, fish pond, bullocks – ANIMAL HUSBANDRY
3Animals and Farming- Explain interrelationship
4Demonstration: Any one farm activity such as deweeding, sowing, transplantation etc., by farm team and select members of school children
5Student Activity: Water Plants, Feed goats and chicken (in groups)
 Level 1Standard: Upto 3Age: Upto 7Group Size: 20-30
CP-11, Paddy Cultivation
1Paddy Seeds- Show, make pupil feel it- different varieties of paddy
2Paddy Nursery – Show and explain how nursery was prepared
3Threshing Paddy – Show how paddy is threshed
4Demonstration: Field preparation for paddy – Pilot scale
5Student Activity: Cooking of paddy for milling rice
 Level 2Standard: 3 - 5Age: 7 - 10Group Size: 30-40
CP-23, Animal Husbandry- Basics
1Introduction to farm animals: Cows, Buffalos, Bulls, Donkey, Horses and how they contribute in farming
2Animal feeds: Hay, Green fodder, Oil cakes, Cotton seeds, Bran, Farm waste
3Animal waste as manure and source of energy: Cow dung, Poultry droppings, Cow urine- How they convert as farm yard manure
4Demonstration: Composting of animal waste
5Student Activity: Prepare liquid feed for bulls
 Level 2Standard: 3 - 5Age: 7 - 10Group Size: 30-40
CP-34, Vegetable Cultivation
1Field preparation: Tilling, making ridges and furrows and manuring
2Irrigation: Schedule of irrigation, types of irrigation
3Raising nursery for vegetable crops and transplantation of saplings
4Demonstration: Pruning / fertilization and pest control
5Student Activity: Field irrigation in open channels
 Level 2Standard: 3 - 5Age: 7 - 10Group Size: 30-40
CP-37, Post Harvest Practices
1Paddy processing: Grain separation, drying, grading, cooking grains and milling
2Pulses processing: Drying, milling and processing
3Oil seeds processing: Culling, Drying, Grading and Pressing
4Demonstration: Groundnut hulling
5Student Activity: Separating groundnut pods from plants and separating seeds from pods

Note: The list shows only model programs. Please write to us at learn@thefarmschool.in to get the full list of programs and syllabi

Farming Club for School Children

We also offer separate ‘Farming Club’ (similar to Eco Club, Chess Club, and Photography Club that you may have in your school) programs that offer a series of visits. This year long programs with about 10 visits, give extended knowledge on a chosen topic.

Learning Programs of ‘Farming Club’ are designed to inculcate ‘Farm to Plate’ knowledge to students:
Farming Club members are also encouraged and supported to display their learning’s in science expos and such events. The team at ‘thefarmschool.in’ has expertise on allied subjects as well and can also support students on environment protection and alternate energy. We support students to develop projects and display at expos on this topics too. The school houses few waste management units including a biogas digester, solar energy tapping. We also support schools in implementing total waste management solutions and zero waste campus.

We also encourage students to participate in some of our research activities. We keep experimenting with various agricultural practices in the fields of agronomy, pest control, productivity increase, application of new tools and equipment, evaluation of farm inputs etc., Students may offer their support to carry out lab analysis, data mining, statistical analysis, and test observation if they wish to participate in these activities. Schools may also directly get involved in these activities.

We are sure that visits by students and participating in our programs will inculcate the much needed knowledge and interest in farming for the future generation. Our approach in farming with traditional knowledge with support of modern science and technology can be good platform for these programs.

Farming Club Programs (Model)

Activities for school children – Farming Club Program
1. Attend classes / demonstration on farming
a. Plants and trees
b. Vegetables/flowers
c. Oil seeds / Pulses
d. Fodder crops / agroforestry / medicinal
2. Attend classes on post-harvest processing
a. Milling of rice
b. Processing of cereals and pulses
c. Oil extraction
d. Millets processing
3. Introduction to farm machinery, usage
a. Walk to learn- Practical’s for few
4. Practical sessions on
a. Farm inputs- Preparation: Class and DIY
b. Irrigation- Flood, Drip and Sprinkler
c. Weeding- Manual and mechanical
d. Application of seed, Broadcast, Sow in pits and furrows
e. Transplanting
f. Use of farm tools
g. Harvesting- Paddy, Fruits, Vegetables, Flowers,
h. Make salad- Eat
5. Excercises / Assignments involving farm animals and birds
a. Farm birds- Poultry, Turkey, Guineafowl, Duck
b. Farm animals- Cow, Buffalo, Goat, Sheep, Horse and Donkeys
c. Economic aspects of rearing animals and birds
d. Bio-cycle of farm activities- Nutrient cycle when farm animals are effectively used
6. Introduction to Farm Diversity
a. Listing down flora and founa
b. Advantages of having a large diversity in the farm
c. Brief discussion on endangered species
7. Introduction to medicinal plants
a. Visit and feel various medicinal plants
b. Use and understand various uses of medicinal plants
8. Other advanced courses / projects
a. Organic agriculture
b. Farm machineries
c. Energy from farm waste- DIY projects
d. Hydroponics/ Aquaponics – Demo projects
e. Innovation in farm operations
f. Farm documentation

Submit: We invite farms and organizations to post internship programs here. You may also send an email so that we can add/ update them.