Sustainable Farming

In Matendla School, most of the students belong to agricultural families, predominantly agricultural labourers. Assisting their parents on farms and the toil required in agricultural work is an intrinsic part of their lives.  Therefore, they all actively participate in maintaining the organic farm at the school.

Students, managing the school's organic farm

Students, managing the school’s organic farm

It gives us great pleasure to see the sense of ownership they have towards the school farm, right from preparing the soil through to planting, harvesting and selling the produce. In addition, since the schools focus on organic farming, they have been learning techniques to grow vegetables and fruits free from harmful chemical fertilizers and pesticides, which not only maintains the health of the soil, keeping it fertile for several cycles; but also the health of the school and local community.

They are then in a position to implement these techniques in their family farms too.  It is our hope that some students create sustainable futures for themselves through understanding sustainable farming practices, thus helping their communities and future generations.

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