The word ‘Cornucopia’ symbolizes ‘plenty’ – a container overflowing with flowers, fruit, and corn. SIF coined this name for the Earth School project very thoughtfully, as under it, SIF strives to nurture children’s life and overflow their minds with progressive thoughts.
Under Cornucopia Earth School Program we focus on:
We envision a society where everyone is privileged and understand their full potential. With Cornucopia Earth School Project, we dream of promoting environmental stewardship among our future generations and helping them recognize the importance of environmental sustainability.
Cornucopia Earth School Project aims to provide an exceptional and holistic educational experience to students in agriculture, especially organic farming. We strive to empower students with knowledge as well as compassion towards Mother Earth and become compassionate and responsible global citizens. With this, we focus on livelihood and employment opportunities for socio-economically backward communities.
Under Cornucopia Earth School, we offer project-based learning to students. It has stimulated the little minds and made them aware of their environment and the importance of sustainable livelihood. This project is highly significant, helping students indulge in the process of learning and unlearning the basics of agriculture, horticulture, and organic farming.
While life in present day circumstances is marked with numerous technological advancements and inventions that are geared to provide convenience to the public, it has made us forget the survival skills that our elders and ancestors had ingrained in their way of life.
Researchers have shown that when children grow their food, they develop “food empathy”, which is a deeper connection with food, which leads to a healthier life. Such children have better diets, and understand nutrition better.
High-quality foods in schools correlate with better behaviour and higher levels of concentration. Furthermore, people who engage in growing their own food in their formative years, benefit from a calming activity that is highly kinaesthetic on a day-to-day basis.
Therefore, agriculture and horticulture is a great way for students to self-soothe, reflect, gain tranquillity and grow as thoughtful individuals. Our project aims to equip students with knowledge, skills and values in this field to have a better future for them.
The program is in its pilot stage and has covered 2826 students from over 5 institutions across the state of Telangana, from academic year 2020-21 onwards to till date (i.e., November 2022)
Cornucopia Earth School Project is shaping little minds for a brighter future. Under the project, we are inculcating their interest in agriculture and telling them about the infinite possibilities in the sector. We are helping students acquire knowledge and skills and showing them the path to becoming successful agri-prenuers.
Agriculture and allied activities account for about 15.7 % of India’s GDP and therefore there is a huge opportunity for students to pursue higher education in agriculture and also take up agriculture as a livelihood option as they grow up.
Value-added agricultural products have great markets too. Profitability is also high in the organic and value-added farm produce segment. Therefore, it is apt to say, that the Cornucopia project is not only addressing the needs of food sustainability, emotional and physical wellness of students in school; but it is paving way for livelihood orientation as an informed choice, through hands on experience of agriculture within the school campus.
Further, the following additions can be made into the Cornucopia program for increased impact:
The pilot project was undertaken by SIF and KVK Warangal is one of the TSWREIS institutions in Warangal. 3 months study by an Agri scientist was conducted including the teachers, students, and existing resources at the institution to understand the need and sustainability of the program. Earth School concept has evolved as part of this experiment to make the institutions self-sustainable and thus provide children of these institutes organic and nutritious food.