Asha and Deepa decided to take the little ones( Class 3) to the farm this Thursday. This was their first visit to the farm! They were all prepared with their water bottles and caps! Roshni, Sammitha, Vasantha , and I tagged along. We hadn't seen the farm for so long!
Asha decided to do a session on "weeds", What are these useful plants that we dismiss as weeds? We learnt about the Catnip ( https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/experts-how-does-catnip-work-on-cats/) and its effect on the cats(we tried to smell it too!); Nella nelli that helps strengthen the liver and is useful for jaundice. And a few more which I promptly forgot. Between Laksh, Vasantha, and Asha, traditional and botanical names were being tossed around and after a while with no pen and paper around me I soon lost track.
Laksh had came along to check whether we are ready to harvest yet or not. Nope One more month!
We still got to pluck some remaining beans. Should have put sticks on these climbers. They were right now spreading all over the ground...but the marigold was blooming. and the butterflies and ladybugs were everywhere! We also saw a dead stiff cricket/ grasshopper (?) and Laksh said it was dead because of the urea application in the neighbouring plot. hmmm.
While we foraged for interesting produce and species on our plots, Asha explained like a 'Vaidya' uses of each plant , as she pulled them out one after another. It was incredible. All this knowledge- if we only knew how to use what grows right under our noses!
Vasantha carried back flowers of legumes to show to her science class. We carried back the beans. Asha carried the Nella Nelli and made a concoction/kashyam out of it. All students were subjected to one spoon each of that kashyam made in buttermilk in the coming week!