SUSTAINABLE LIFETYLES AND EDUCATION
FARM SCHOOL SUSTAINABILITY
BACKGROUND & RATIONALE
This intervention focuses on creating a space where the action in the field of sustainability is observable. The farm school is a space where all are welcome to be part of the change. The school interacts with the local community as well as engages visitors who want to make more environmentally conscious decisions. Agriculturally intensive belts in India have reached a position of exhaustion due to soil degradation that has been caused by chemical fertilizers, pesticides and over-irrigation.
Through various activities, the farm school aims to create an ecosystem of sustainability; an example for many more to follow.
SHORT TERM WORKSHOPS & COURSES
INTERNSHIP & STAYS
Swechha Farm School is a state-of-the-art, organic, experiential, and deconstructed ‘unlearning’ Lab on sustainability. Here we host children and young adults to discover various aspects of sustainability, not through theory but through practice. Located at our 2 hectare campus near Manesar, at Ladpuri Village in Alwar District, we have programs running at the Farm School. These include Day Visits, Workshops an Internships.
Day Visits: These are half-day exposure visit to the farm organized for individuals, families and school students. This is a hands-on immersion to develop knowledge, skill and understanding of sustainability and agriculture. Along with its correlation with food and human health. Additionally building their capacity on vermicomposting, bee-keeping, water-harvesting, renewable energy etc.
Short-term Workshops and Courses: We organize thematic workshops as well as learning modules on sustainability and agriculture at our farm. Based on the principle of ‘Learning by moving learning by doing’. Through sensory immersion to our Farm to establish the C’s – Connection, Creativity, Confidence, Cognition and Cycle. Our workshop and courses are designed for various age groups starting from toddler (2.5-year-olds onwards) and their parents, to young adults and college students. These workshops/courses are on varied topics such as vermicomposting bee-keeping, permaculture, water-harvesting, farming, forestry, system thinking etc.
Internships & Stays: We offer internship to young people, from India and abroad to stay at the farm and participate in our programs as well as agricultural activities. We also offer our Farm to Research students from various Universities, to do their action research in the community we cater to.
We are always looking for young and enthusiastic minds that can help us create the change along with being the change. Whatever your passion, we always have opportunities for you along with endless cups of Chai!
DIY Masterclass #2 - Vermi-Composting & Managing Kitchen Waste using DIY WORM BINS/TOWERSSwechha in association with the US Dept of State, presents it's second in a series of DIY Masterclasses on 'Vermi-composting & Managing Household and Kitchen Waste.'Vermi-composting simply put, is the process of converting kitchen scraps, leftover greens, dried leaves, paper, or any other form of organic waste, into extremely beneficial fertiliser for the soil, using earthworms. Earth-worms are central to a healthy soil network, and can help create the most beneficial compost in the form of worm castings and vermi-compost.
Here's our step by step DIY Masterclass tutorial on how you can bring in worms to work their magic in your very own backyard, simply by designing your very own worm bin/ tower. Enrich your soil further with these additions to your garden, and promote healthy growth of your greens. It's easy to do, extremely inexpensive, and also makes the most of your kitchen scraps, & leftover greens! Yes, by practising these methods you can also take your first few steps towards leading that 'zero-waste' lifestyle', you've always dreamt of, but didn't know how to achieve!
In this short video we have demonstrated the making of 3 different kinds of vermi-composting units, that you too can develop in your backyards and/or terrace gardens. We have developed these over time, at our farm school in Alwar, an hour away from Gurgaon.
00:00 Glimpse into Swechha Farm School
00:46 What you need to get started?
01:53 Worm Bin installation
04:22 Adding the kitchen scraps
07:13 Adding the worms
08:30 How long does the process take?
09:39 Basic Do's and Dont's
10:09 Watering & maintenance
12:07 Previous Bin Updates
14:57 Installing DIY Worm Towers
16:21 Vermi-Composting unit/bed
Swechha Farm School/Stay is designed as a Learning Centre – hub for ecological design innovation and incubation, sustainable agriculture, environmental practices, life-skills and personality enhancement programs.The purpose of the Farm is to unleash human creativity and develop solidarity in our world, for planet and its people to thrive peacefully and equitably. We aim at inspiring action and catalyzing communities for a regenerative and sustainable world, one with low impact and high quality lifestyles.
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SOME OF OUR
“It was a fun and informative experience. I enjoyed the farms focus on sustainability.”
” Being part of such an initiative has taught me a lot. I will take all that I have learnt and inculcate these practices into my daily life.”
“The practices here are in tune with nature and that is such a beautiful thing.”