Monthly Archives: December 2019

Eco Exposure Camp – LEAF Group, GJEM Gujarat

On December 10 2019 one day Eco exposure camp was organised for students from St Xavier School, Khambhat at GJEM 10 acre premises at Sevasi. Fr Saju Bastian from Hazaribag Province, GJEM teams and Films director Mr. Allwyn Rabella engaged students in various ecological activities and encourages them to write some stories for next project.

Fr Saju Bastian helped students explore eco-spirituality in our daily life and our symbiotic relation to nature and other fellow beings. Trupti and Nikunj coordinated students in kitchen garden, discussed issue of weed and pesticides in conventional farming. Students suggested a scientific solution to control weed “block sunlight to control germination on unwanted areas”. They collected all dried leaves and mulched the fields. Lately some students were also found making ecobricks with wrappers of eatable the brought with them.

Deputy Chief Minister Inaugurates Organic Rice Harvest Festival 2019

Report by

Devopriya Dutta

Patna 4th Dec: Jaivik Dhan Katni Mahotsav, the most eagerly awaited Organic Festival was celebrated by Tarumitra. More than 22 schools and colleges participated in this gala celebration.Shree Sushil Kumar Modi, the Honorable Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar was the Chief guest. 

Since 2011, Tarumitra has adopted organic way of cultivation. The entire rice sowing, harvesting and threshing works are done by school and college going students. 

The program started with Fr.Tony Pendanath, Director of Tarumitra welcoming the guests. The event started with sowing of seeds with the students chanting shloka from the Rigveda. Honourable Deputy Chief Minister was felicitated by students with green robes and Sita Ashok sapling.

The students of various schools and colleges threw light on the importance of organic and respect for Mother Earth with several speeches and action plans.

Then the school band procession led the guests with the gathering towards organic farm for harvesting. Deputy Chief Minister performed aarti in the farm. After performing the aarti as a reverence to Mother earth, he started Dhan Katni in Tarumitra’s organic farm, amidst harvesting song and slogans sung joyfully by all the students. 

The Honourable Deputy Chief Minister, Shri Sushil Kumar Modi threw light on the agricultural landmark of the country specially Bihar. He said that our country is an agricultural economy and the heart lies in the nature. He said that this organic movement needs momentum for a healthy future and who better to spearhead it than the youth.

Since 2011 organic farming is being practiced in Tarumitra, where all the Sowing, Harvesting and Threshing is done by the students. It is an effort to strike an emotional chord between Mother Earth and students so they may practice and promote ecological sensitivity all around.

This is the ninth consecutive year of organic farming where system of rice intensification(SRI) method is used for growing rice. This year Bauna Mansuri(variety of Dhaan) has been harvested in 5 acres of organic farm of Tarumitra. Students had their share of experience, for some it was the first time entering into an organic farm for doing harvesting with sickle. 

Fr.Tony Pendanath, Director, Tarumitra said that organic should be promoted from home to school, from office to corporate houses to ensure better tomorrow. 

This is the 9th consecutive year that Tarumitra was celebrating organic festival and this year’s yield is likely to be record breaker. Several teachers, interns, and other volunteers and members of Tarumitra were also present during this program.     

Extra moments of the day :

LEAF Program – St Xavier School, Kalol, Mehasana

One day ecological program was conducted by GJEM’s Green The Blue Trust members I joined them from Tarumitra as collaborative

50 selected students from grade 8 & 9 are part of LEAF group (Leaders in Environmental Action Force) being equipped to tackle ecological problems emerged in 21st century. GJEM conducts on an average 8 full day programs annually

Day started with Tarumitra orientation and beat plastic pollution campaign by S Darshan from Tarumitra and After lunch Break Trupti conducted news paper bag making activity and developed circular nutrition kitchen garden also called GANGA-CHAKRA under guidance of Mrs. Archana Xavier in school campus.

Energy level and enthusiasm to undertake ecological solutions to curb human footprint among the LEAF members is exceptionally high. In lunch break two of the LEAF member Kalpit and Shubham of grade 9 & 8 respectively were found collecting plastic scattered in school campus and imprisoning in pet bottles. Students of St Xavier School, Kalol are using there leisure periods in school to make

Students enjoyed the News Paper bag, an alternative to plastic carry bags making activity presented by Trupti,. They promised to make at least 5 bags every day to be distributed at shops near by.

Lately all LEAF members gathered to develop a GANGA-CHAKRA. GANGA-CHAKRA is a circular garden with 3 meter of diameter divided in 9 parts for nine verities of vegetable. The circle is divided wit 8 reduces of 45 degrees each and inner circle with 1 meter radius is drawn from the center for the ninth part. Students were divided in 9 groups. Every group prepared their own area in the GANGA-CHAKRA brought water to irrigate it and sowed vegetable seeds of their own choice brought by LEAF Team.

Students sounded enthusiastic with their own initiatives in the school campus and are determined to propagate ecological solutions in locality. Few students expressed their desire to replicate GANGA-CHAKRA at there home.