Planet J’s Go Green Workshop on pot cultivation of vegetables and flowers for students in the age group 12 to 16 years was held on Saturday, November 1. Forty one students from in and around Panaji, Margao, Mapusa, Revora and even Honda-Sattari, participated in the half-day workshop conducted by Miguel Braganza.
The workshop began with an introductory session on treating the plant as a “friend” and knowing its likes and dislikes and threw open many issues. The intelligent and well-informed participants had most of the answers to the probing questions asked by Braganza on seeds, soil, water, air, light, temperature, humidity and more.
The power point which followed was based on visuals in vegetable and flowering plant cultivation in Goa and was used to reinforce the learning on light and water requirements of plants. In addition to nitrogen-fixing Rhizobium japonicum culture, the participants were shown Mycorrhiza culture that helps in nutrient absorption and Trichoderma viride that is used to prevent soil-borne diseases.
A demonstration of the “Rolled Towel Test” to check the germination percentage of seeds was demonstrated and the students did a hands-on practice using pre-soaked moong seed. For the next demonstration, Braganza used a grow-pot that had a coco-peat block in an art paper packet which opened into a pot. Participants did planting of spring onion and seedlings in re-hydrated coco peat using the grow pots and fresh water.
During the lively Q & A session, the students had a number of questions on how to raise seedlings and grow vegetables, especially tomatoes. They also wanted to know if seeds of fresh tomatoes from the market could be used. The difference between hybrid and open pollinated crops and the variability of seeds in the second generation was explained based on the Mendelian laws of inheritance.
Information of where to get seeds, plants and manures was also shared and the participants were invited to subscribe to the firstname.lastname@example.org for future interaction. Quite a few students wanted to know if such workshops could be conducted in their schools or villages.
The workshop ended with participants receiving a certificate at the hands of Braganza.
I enjoyed the workshop and will definitely plant atleast one plant.
Stacy Lobo, St Elizabeth’s School, Pomburpa
After the workshop, I want to plant more plants.
Grace Pinto, St Elizabeth’s School, Pomburpa
Amazing workshop! I enjoyed it because I learnt a lot.
Ratna Mandre, Auxilium Convent High School, Benaulim
I liked the practical session the best.
Avito Lourenco, Loyola High School, Margao
The workshop was very interesting and informative and helped in understanding organic farming better.
Smayan Sapre, Gyan Vikas School, Porvorim
There should have been more practical session and plants to take home.
Delano Lourenco, Loyola High School, Margao
I had many doubts which were cleared by Mr Braganza and I would like to say thank you to Planet J.
Rakesh Solanki, Bal Bharati Vidya Mandir, Ribandar
Mr Braganza answered all my questions and explained everything very well.
Aldrich Amaral, Don Bosco School, Panaji
I am planning on growing many plants and have a farm of my own someday. Thank you sir and Planet J.
Vaman Sankhalkar, Shree Shantadurga Higher Secondary, Bicholim
A very interesting and educational workshop.
Rohit Kartik, Holy Family High School, Porvorim
It was a good learning experience and I hope to attend more of Planet J’s workshop.
Elijah D’Souza, SFX, Siolim
The quality information given by Mr Braganza has definitely encouraged me towards organic farming.
Trifer Vas, Don Bosco Higher Secondary, Panaji
I liked the things Sir, taught us.
Ralph Fernandes, Little Flower of Jesus, Calangute
I will starting cultivation on our property due to the knowledge I got from the workshop.
Zenon D’Costa, St Anthony’s High School, Monte-de-Guirim
The presentation on growing onions was very interesting.
Kaveri Gaykwad, Saraswati High School, St Estevan
I loved the workshop and the practicals.
Tanisha Gudigar, Kendriya Vidyalaya, Verem