Buddha Garden

I went to Buddha Garden on Wednesday with my classmates. It was not my first time to do gardening. I used to do gardening in Korea with my family. I wanted to challenge again and experience more things. That’s why I decided to join gardening.

I’ve been wondering what we were going to do on our first day and I thought it would be very hard. We did weeding, planting, and carrying the stuffs for gardening. My favo

rite work was planting pumpkins. I like planting, because my mind is really happy when I plant something by myself and I feel that I am giving a new life for a plant, whichever plant it is. Before starting planting, we had to cut all grasses and throw out rocks. It was hard to keep my position and my legs hurt a lot. And everything was interesting.

It was first day for everyone to come to Buddha Garden and we looked around the garden. I imagined the garden would be very tiny but it was extremely big than I had expected. They provide a lot of vegetables and fruits, and I was happy that I also planted pumpkins and provide one thing. I hope we  do something at other place next time and I would like to do harvesting, too.

We ate breakfast there and came back to school. It was such a nice experience to do gardening, and I am looking forward for the next class. I think gardening is same as giving lives for them and I’m really joyful to do such works. I hope we have plant next time.

By Eunsu

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Visit To Eco-Service

We  visited the Eco service center on 6th September. We all went by bicycle. All of us went there to see what happens to  our waste. When we reached there we met Palini,he showed us around the Eco service. I learned that the paper Auroville bakery uses can turn into compost. Palini also told us that they do not take wet waste like vegetable peelings etc. The plastic which  ptdc use for the flour, rice packing are easier to recycle. The chips packets like Lays and Kurkure have seven different layers and cannot be recycled. When we finished our tour around Eco service we went back to the main office. We met a lady named kali. She asked us” what can you do to change the community?’. Everyone answered differently. Then we pledged that we wouldn’t use plastic straws for a year .  After we use it once we throw them away In the sea and oceans and because of that they  get stuck in the turtles nose.

We thanked them for their time and left. We learned that straws can be useful to humans and harmful  for the sea creatures, we should not buy chips packet like Lays because they take a long time to get recycled.

We thank Eco service for doing fantastic work for the community.

Sana

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Making Soil

INGREDIENTS

  • LOCAL COW DUNG  – 1 KG
  •  COW URINE –  5 LTR
  • JAGGERY – 50 GM
  • GARDEN SOIL – HANDFUL
  • WATER – 10 LTR

STEP 1

MIX THE INGREDIENTS ABOVE AND LEAVE FOR THREE DAYS.

STIR TWELVE TIMES CLOCKWISE AND ANTICLOCKWISE

STEP 2 – SOAK DRY LEAVES IN SOLUTION

COLLECT A LARGE PILE OF LEAVES COMING FROM DIFFERENT TREES. ADD THE AMRUT JAL SOLUTION [10 LTR] TO A BARREL OF 100 LTR OF WATER. ADD THE DRY LEAVES CONTINUOUSLY PUSHING THEM DOWN INTO THE SOLUTION. COMPACT AS MANY LEAVES INTO THE SOLUTION AS POSSIBLE.  USE BIG, HEAVY STONES  TO PUSH THEM DOWN. LEAVE TO SOAK FOR 24 HOURS

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STEP 3 –  LAYER LEAVES IN BED

IN THE BED, PUT A THIN LAYER OF SOAKED LEAVES FOLLOWED BY A THIN SPRINKLING OF SOIL , THEN ANOTHER LAYER OF LEAVES, THEN SOIL, ETC. CONTINUE FOR AS MANY LAYERS AS POSSIBLE. IT IS OPTIONAL TO ADD CRUSHED “CHARGED” BIO-CHARCOAL INTO  THE SOIL FOR THE FINAL SOIL LAYER.

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STEP 4 – PLANT IN SOME GREEN MANURE

TO HELP THE SOIL DEVELOP AND BECOME RICH AND STRUCTURED, YOU CAN ADD SPROUTED GREEN MANURE SEED’S  INCLUDING; LEGUME SEEDS ( DHALS, PEAS), MILLET SEEDS ( RAGI , TENNAI,..) COVER THE SOIL WITH MULCH TO PROTECT FROM THE SUN.(‘3’) (‘3’) (‘3’)

Why did we use these ingredients?

WHY DID WE USE CHARCOAL IN THE BED?

CHARCOAL CAN BE USED TO RAISE THE SOILS PH. IT ALSO IMPROVES AIR CIRCULATION AND INCREASES THE SOILS ABILITY TO RETAIN WATER AND NUTRIENTS

(AUTHOR: VIGNESH)

WHY DID WE USE COW URINE IN THE BED?

COW URINE CONTAINS 95% WATER 2-5% UREA AND THE REMAINING 2-5% IS A MIXTURE OF SALTS, HORMONES, ENZYMES , AND MINERALS. IT PROVIDES NUMEROUS NUTRIENTS TO MICROBES THAT SPEED UP DECOMPOSITION PROCESS. IT IS CAPABLE OF TREATING MANY DISEASES. VEGETABLE PLANTS SUFFER FROM DISEASE CAUSED BY VARIOUS KINDS OF PATHOGENS SUCH AS BACTERIA, FUNGI, VIRUSUS NEMATODES AND MICRO PLASMA. IT ALSO HAS AN EXCELLENT GERMICIDAL POWER ANTI MICROBIAL ACTIVITY.

(AUTHOR: KAVYA)

WHY DID WE USE GREEN MANURE IN THE BED?

ONE OF THE MOST UNDERUSED METHODS OF SOIL IMPROVEMENT IS THE USE OF GREEN MANURES. THESE ARE PLANTS GROWN SPECIFICALLY TO BE PUT BACK INTO THE SOIL. WE HAVE SANDY SOIL WHICH IS NOT GOOD AT RETAINING NUTRIENTS. GROWING GREEN MANURE CAN REDUCE THE LOSS OF NITROGEN IN THE SOIL BY UP TO 97% COMPARED TO SOIL LEFT BARE.

(AUTHOR: PALLAVI)

WHY DID WE USE COW DUNG IN THE BED? 

ELIMINATES PATHOGENS, ADDS ORGANIC MATTER, IMPROVES AIR CIRCULATION IN THE BED AND IT HAS BENEFICIALAL BACTERIA.

(AUTHOR: ARAV)

WHY DID WE USE JAGGERY IN THE BED?

WE NEED JAGGERY IN THE BED TO FEED ALL THE LITTLE GOOD BACTERIA IN THE COW DUNG AND COW URINE TO MAKE PLANTS GROW AND ACTIVATE THEM.

(AUTHOR: LEAH)

Photos: After 7 and 14 days

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Performance of play :Helen of Egypt on the Open House Day

Today we had the open house at Deepanam School.It is an opportunity to for the parents and the community to come and see what’s happening in the school.

We had presentations of Tamilnadu Project by the students of the  Peace group.It was a glimpse of the rich culture and heritage of the state.It was wonderful how dance and puppet show was blended in the presentation.

It was followed by a play in French, which was much appreciated by the audience.

Finally, it was Faith group’s turn.We had been studying ancient Egypt since the beginning of January.It included reading the book: Cleopatra on the Nile, learning the hymn of the river Nile and Ra; .traveling to the very moment when Egypt was created by reading the creation story and painting the Gods and Goddesses in ancient Egyptian style.

Somehow something was missing.We wanted to live the experience of being Egyptians.So what could be better than a play? After a long search finally a script suitable was found in the library.Thus began the saga of the play: Helen of EGYPT.

Excerpt from the background of the play script:”It is said that Helen was so beautiful that her face launched a thousand ships and the Trojan war was fought to bring her back to Greece.

The ancient Egyptians had a very different version of the story, and that version is
presented in this play. This story was told by the priests of Egypt until it was written down by the Greek historian Herodotus, who went to Egypt to learn more about the past. (When the Greeks wanted to study ancient history, they went to Egypt. Though Greek civilization is old, the kingdoms of Egypt stretch much further back into the sands of time.)
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After much brainstorming as to who would play what role our practice sessions began.Time was short but we finally did it.

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The Journey of Rice-from seed to platter

20161012-2-rice-nursery-priya20161012-4-walking-by-the-rice-fields-priya20161012-5-planting-rice-priyaEvery day we eat rice and enjoy various dishes like Idli , Dosa and sweets made with rice, but little do we think of the journey  a small seed makes to land on our plate.

Like other things we , modern people have taken rice for granted.We Faith group from Deepanam School got curious about the origin and journey of the    humble and very own  rice .

We  invited Priya, from Buddha Garden  and discussed about the project.Priya outlined the cource into modules which involved studying the history of rice, cultivation in Auroville and planting a test bed along with Ragi and comparing the amount of water , care and time each cereal took.

The participants of the project are Anisha, Arati,Duniya,Kirill,Lamo,Manu, Nandha,Nittin, Pablo,Praveena,Rudra, Ryan,Shruti and Swathi

The classes are scheduled every wednesday mornings .We have sucessfully completed module one:Visit to Annapurna Farm Auroville.

Children’ s  stories:

Kirill,”We went to Annapurna Farm.We saw Ammas planting rice.We also saw cows and chicken.Selvam explained how rice grows .I learnt that first they try to  sell  rice in Auroville ,but  the left over is sold outside Auroville.”

Lamo,”Today we went to Annapurna Farm and I loved it.

First a person callled Selvam showed us the seedlings and how to plant them.Then he showed how they replanted the seedlings.

We saw the paddy of different varities of rice like redrice, full rice etc.We went around the farm and met the steward of the farm Thomas.

After that we had to go back to school for the rest of the day and I was very sad that we had to leave so soon .I was  happy at the same time because we could start planting rice soon at school.”

Praveena,”

We went to Annapurna farm to see their rice plantation. They gave information and explained us about growing rice. They separate the good paddy seeds from the bad ones which don’t grow and don’t let other seeds grow. They put all paddy seeds in salt water and the floating seeds are the bad ones. They have to soak the seeds for 12 to 24 hours in water and plant them.
The cowdung is mixed in the soil for the rice. When 16 days are completed, they collect the plant in bunches. The other place is kept ready to plant the collected bunches. There they plant it with some amount of distance between one another. The rice takes around 140 – 160 days to grow.

‘Shruti’