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Maya Ganesh Helps Schools Build Edible Gardens for Students


Introduction

Maya Ganesh, an independent regenerative farming consultant, helps schools develop farms and green spaces.

Product or concept

The school gardens are inspired from different methods of natural farming such as Agroecology principles, Permaculture strategies, Miyawaki Method of afforestation and Masanobu Fukuoka’s method of organic farming.

Problem being solved

Spread awareness amongst school students regarding natural farming practises and nutrition gardens.

Process or technology involved

  • Permaculture design is a closed-loop system where all the waste generated in the system has to go back into the system
  • The key to making the garden system successful is biodiversity. So today, even on a small garden bed on the campus, you may find 20 different plants. Most of them are edible, and the biodiversity helps keep pest attacks and weeds at bay.
  • Native seeds are sourced locally.
  • Every inch of outdoor spaces that the school has, now grows herbs, vegetables, fruits, shrubs, herbs, flowers, medicinal plants, and even fibres. The plantation is diverse with a mix of hardy perennials and fewer annuals to create a permanent, self-sustaining, biodiverse system.
  • The produce is not sold commercially, and is instead distributed among students, teacher-facilitators, staff and everyone within the school community.

Sustainability benefits

  • It’s a closed loop system, so waste generated goes back as compost for the soil.
  • No addition of pesticides to keep away pests and weed due to biodiversity of plants raised.

User segments that will benefit

  • Schools
  • Residential Communities

People or organizations involved

Maya Ganesh,

Independent regenerative farming consultant

Innovations or USPs

  • Different natural farming methods are being practised and taught to the kids.
  • Imparts collaboration based skillsets as they work as a team, are part of a strong and inclusive environment, and hence learn to break away from an exploitative mindset.

Related engineering, science or business topics

  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Ecology

Other interesting highlights

Special guests in the fields of soil biology, botany, farming and ecology are invited to interact with the students in school.


School located at:

Thoraipakkam

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TN Woman Helps Schools, Anganwadis Build Edible Gardens For Students! : The article talks about Maya Ganesh's journey as a regenerative farmer.

How to raise a farm in an urban nook : The article talks about closed loop farming and the different factors that is considered in such a practise.

Make a visit to get a first-hand experience

How to raise a farm in an urban nook : For more information about her farming practises, you can contact her through her linkedin account.

Eat Your School Garden - APL : For more information regarding the gardening activities in APL Global School, you can contact them through their facebook page.

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Connect with experts

Organic Farmers Market : This is a platform run by a group of organic farmers who aim to spread awareness on safe food technological input, transparency and traceability in current organic farming practises.

Tamil Nadu Agricultural University : They have different departments and research stations in agricultural sciences. You can contact them for more information regarding the services they offer.

Indra Terrace Garden : Indra Terrace Garden helps beginners set up gardens at their independent houses/apartment complexes.

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