It is common knowledge that the environment today is deteriorating. ‘But what can we do as individuals? Isn’t it the work of the government and scientists to solve much bigger problems of mankind?’ These are often the kinds of thoughts that run in the minds of the citizens.
But luckily, the awareness that smaller actions contribute to bigger effects is spreading. One such effort that can equip even children to be green warriors is encouraging to develop an indoor garden. Today, the world over, people are turning to terrace gardening and vertical gardens to increase the decreasing green cover. Simple steps such as these ensure that every individual is contributing his/her bit towards the environment.
Apart from being a cause in itself and adding to better ambiance and freshness, the art of gardening has a lot of positive effects for children in terms of personality development. In today’s times where technology and gadgets rule over people’s lives, physical activity such as gardening has a lot to offer. With constraint of space being a real issue, parents can encourage children to pursue indoor gardening.
Watching the process of germination is a beautiful lesson that can be likened to the process of life to teach children. Values such as tolerance, patience, appreciation are embedded in this process. Life-skills and social skills such as empathy, understanding, self-confidence, co-operation, and team-work are larger benefits derived out of this learning. Exercises such as organic farming in schools not only provide for growing food in one’s own backyard but also create experiences such as being close to nature.
Here are a few simple ideas of how one could begin with Indoor farming:
- Begin with ornamental plants that can decorate window sills
- Grow plants in containers such as garlic in a can, half-submerging sweet potatoes in water, grass in egg-shells, small flowering plants in juice or soft drink cans etc
- Different types of herbs that are used in pizzas such as basil, cilantro, bay, chives, oregano, thyme can be grown indoor
- Mini-vertical garden is another great idea for indoor farming which requires only a blank wall or a bare fence
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- Bonsai is yet another popular choice for indoor plants where small trees are grown in containers and easy to maintain through trimming, pruning, clamping, grafting etc
At Samsidh group, holistic development of children is of primary importance. Learning is designed to be practical, fun and creative rather than mere rote learning. Thus, the school has introduced various clubs such as ‘Cookery’ and ‘Environment’ club, where students can explore the joy of farming in all of their centers. Encouraged and helped by educators, pupils take great interest in growing their choice of plants and using the same to great extent possible for learning and cooking purposes. All efforts are taken to bring students close to the environment, including field trips to parks.
Therefore, Samsidh ensures to weave moral fiber in students’ personalities, instill a sense of social responsibility and turn them into responsible global citizens. Parents are always encouraged to visit any of the campuses or seek information online about the various efforts taken by the school in the development of their wards.