Ayurvedic Sabjee Ghar
Bio Vegetables House
The bio vegetable house is one of our recent fascinating and joyful project. It falls under physical and social development of Tong-Len child holistic program. The physical development projects teach about all aspects of our growth and physical wellbeing. We do many activities in physical development such as yoga, sport, meditation and learning nutritious food. To have healthy body and healthy mind is also required healthy food.
Most of the people eat vegetables more than meat and they buy vegetables in market. Most of them believed that vegetables are good and they do not know about the harm of the chemical pesticides. Some people even knew about it but they have no choice. They have to eat it due to poverty.
Most of Vegetables we buy in markets are fully grown with chemical pesticides. Some of farmers even use injection (genetic modified injection) while it was growing in order to grow quickly. The genetic modified and chemical pesticides are extremely harmful for our health. Unfortunately, these kinds of producers never think about other people health and they only care about their income. These greediness action cause lots of problems like cancer and even damage to grow healthy mind.
Above reasons and understanding we all Tong- Len children delighted to learn and grow our own bio-vegetables. It is extremely excited to grow vegetables in different types and seeing its performance day by day. We learn lot of things about different vegetables according to seasons as well as which vitamin has more in particular vegetables.
The Bio vegetable project is not only growing vegetables to eat but we learn many things including caring.
Due to all kind of efforts and works, we have such a flourisher mini vegetables garden, which has enough vegetables for us in one time cooking. This is a true realization of cause and effect.
The Process of Ayurvedic Sabjee Ghar or
Bio vegetable house.
We started the project from planning and assessment on the bases of our goal. During planning we all sat together and had a open discussion. Through this discussion we made a brainstorm. Which show us how many types of jobs are in this project. After defining all the work we divided jobs into five different groups. Each group has different kind of work but we were still in the teamwork.
As a team we met together and updating each other. We also have done lot assessment of our work, during planning. One of the difficulties was cost analysis. It took lot of time and also needs to work according to our budget and space availability. In this case the objective is to minimize cost and maximize the outcome. As described above we had five different groups each of has particular task. which are depicted below……
The group 1st duty was to define the area, structure finding the cost and building it. Group 1st defined 100 and 10 square meter area and the cost for that was 1200*1100=1,32000 rupees for just to build the structure. The material there have been used was good water durable GI pipe and good quality plastic. All the ventilation has good quality of mesh. While group was building the structure they had to bind the pipe etc. which they could not do by themselves, so local green house builders and the group built it together. It took almost a month to build it as we need to build it in the weekend and after the school time. In this group there were six children and the group leaders were Karan and Sunny.
Group 2’s work is leveling the area. They had to lift up from one corner of the area up to 2m. as building small returning wall. The area from one side was down to 2m and 2m from other side. During mixing the soil with manure they had to dig down and mixed the manure equally in all area where we need to grow vegetables. It takes about 9000 rupees to level the soil. This group was leaded by Naresh and as well as helped by the local workers.
Natural fertilization is quite difficult to find in the market. The group went to the forest where sheep and goats grazing. They collected a huge amount of manure from there. It was totally pure manure. It is sheep and goat’s residue. We used this fertilization in initially stage. Nisha and Pinki leaded this group.
As the fertilization required as long as we plant vegetable. We may not get fertilization from forest always. So we need to find a sustainable solution. After researching and discussion by the team, we found a solution that we need to produce fertilization by ourselves, which we can do easily by using kitchen waste. we collect leaves from forest and from our mango tree, which falls naturally and we mixed leaves and our daily kitchen waste including fruit peels.
We put these together in container and waiting for 45 days to become fertilization. We have three different container which are big enough to product fertilization for our garden. At the moment class 11th children are responsible for making fertilization while they are caring the vegetables.
The work for the group 4 was to find the plants and doing research according to temperature and amount of the production of the vegetables and speed of the production or water management. Some of the children also participated in this task from group 1,2and group3, and Birju and Nisha Devi lead this group.
They decided to grow Tomatoes, Capsicum, Beans, Cucumber, Chili, Radish, Mustard, Coriander, Bittetrguard and Spinach.
Group 5’s work was to find the plants and seeds, which was defined by group 4. They planned 300 tomato plants which occupied the major area of the house which we also use daily. Second and the third largest consumption of the land by chili, which were 50 plants and capsicum, which were 52 plants.
The other plants are difficult to count but it gives sufficient vegetables for cooking for all the children at one time. One of the major tasks of the group is caring and monitoring the plants on daily bases. There was lot of work such measuring and lot of experiments as this was our first time project.
The major challenge for this group was diseases and insects, which cause problems for plants growth. They had lot of difficult times at initially stage as diseases and insects effected plants. The concept of the Green House is to have Ayurvedic vegetables(Bio-vegetables). So the group could not be used chemical pesticides and insecticides to kill the insects and recover from diseases. They had to find natural methods not to have insects and diseases. This was a big challenge.
The group had lost 52 tomato plants by diseases and insects. By this the group become very frustration and worried about for the other plants. Because the group has emotionally attached with the plants as they grow and care them day-by-day.
Finally they found natural insecticides and anti- diseases for the plants. with the hard work of this group all the remaining plants are surviving and flourished. Day by day tomatoes are nearly ready to eat now. And the other vegetables are ready to eat, and we already taste it.
Cost for Structure, including leveling and temporary retaining wall 150600 INR
Cost for Tool and seed 2307 INR
Other cost 2200 INR
Grand Total cost 155107 INR.
The production of the vegetables is difficult to predict but once a vegetable are ready, it is sufficient to cook in one time. However there will be be quite enough tomatoes for our kitchen, if it will survive.
On behalf of all groups I karan Kumar, would like to say thank you to Tong-Len for giving us particular learning opportunity, and we also would like to say a humble thanks to Navita madam for giving her precious time in caring and monitoring the plants.
we also would like to say thank you very much to Alice and Brigid madam for funding the bio vegetable projects.