We were pleasantly surprised the other day when I got a call from the Principal of Hebron Girls School in Ooty, Mr Mark. He was keen to visit our farm and so he did with his wife Lyn. It was a pleasure showing them around and they showed great interest in sending their students here for various activities that we have promised to flesh out. Yes we are excited that more schools are showing interest in sending their students here. Great fun for us too. Here they are checking out our Cheesemaking Cottage.
The very popular TV program, ‘Highway on my Plate’ decided to cover our cheesemaking and farm. it was a pleasure working with Prashant, the director and his team of anchors Rocky and Mayur and the crew. The whole atmosphere was light and breezy as we did a shoot mainly covering our cheesemaking activity. Here we see them setting up the cheese platter pack shot.
The second day we took the Aditi Mallya kids to Earth Trust in Ooty for a practical demo of Bio-dynamic farming and permaculture principles. Mr Mohan there initiated them with first a film on the horrifix hazards of chemical farming on land and people. Here we see Vania, the founder of the NGO, giving a very inspiring talk to the kids.
The kids from Aditi Mallya seen here, crumbling and spreading the compost on the raised vegetable bed. This was the real test and after the initial hesitation the kids realized that compost does not kill you. In fact it even smells great.
The next activity for the Aditi Mallya International School kids was to collect and spread the compost to the beds that were prepared by the kids themselves for planting vegetables. The initial reaction was, as you can imagine, one of disgust. But by the end of it they were happy crumbling the compost and spreading it with their hands.
With all the wild-life chaos going on we still go on with our cheesemaking course. The latest students are Avril and Vanessa from Mumbai. They did a 2-day course and learned how to make 4 types of cheeses. They were accompanied by Vanessa’s husband, Ivo, who says he will make sure they go back and actually make cheese – so he can eat it.
We swung into action to protect ourselves and thanks to our very decisive and resourceful neighbour, Kasim Seth (we bought the land from his family), we had a make-shift electric fence ready by evening. Here it is and we felt much safer whether it may really work on not we don’t know. One night with no sign of elephants but they are still just above.