Sunday, March 1, 2020

Himpicked at Lalaji Memorial Omega International School, Chennai

It gives us an immense pleasure to share that our work took us to Chennai in the month of February, and we facilitated a workshop there at Lalaji Memorial Omega International School. The school was established in 2005 and is a leading independent school in Chennai, offering a range of national and international curricula to meet the educational needs of children in the 21st century. The school caters to children from different parts of the world.
It gives us an immense pleasure to share that our work took us to Chennai in the month of February, and we facilitated a workshop there at Lalaji Memorial Omega International School. The school was established in 2005 and is a leading independent school in Chennai, offering a range of national and international curricula to meet the educational needs of children in the 21st century. The school caters to children from different parts of the world. 




Himpicked was humbled to be invited by the school as part of their initiative of being able to utilize the organic waste in the school and at homes! The workshop was held on 15th February, 2020 with 33 participants - Science Teachers, children from the school and even outsiders! Let’s take a look at who all participated -




A few of these children were from China and Korea as well - gives us goosebumps to think about the time these children will take mushroom cultivation as an initiative towards sustainability in their countries! 
The Science students in this batch got hands-on experience to understand the life-cycle of a fungi, which is normally taught inside a classroom. We spent the first half of the day understanding the two families of mushrooms - ‘polypores’ and ‘split-gill’ mushrooms and getting familiarized with the split-gill mushrooms growing inside the school campus! Audience was also educated about the tips & tricks on safe foraging of mushrooms in the wild.



The later half of the day was spent on understanding the process of mushroom cultivation and in the preparation of mushroom-bags (which everyone could carry home). We utilized a whooping 10 kg of paddy husk and 4 kg of garden waste to cultivate mushrooms! Just take a look and see this enthusiastic batch all engaged in preparing the waste to grow the mushrooms.




We also spoke about the health benefits and nutritional value of common edible varieties of mushrooms! Each of our participants took one mushroom-bag home and will now be waiting to harvest and savor them when they are fully grown!




All these amazing workshops just make us think - Oh! The places we’ll go! We are all set for more such fun workshops! 

Mushrooms calling ...................











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