Food Systems & Fair Trade
Workshop (Secondary Level)

80 secondary level students from Lighthouse School visited Farmcity to learn about how we grow and to understand some of the challenges in our food system. This was the start of a semester long project, where they went on to develop and execute mini-projects that illustrated the theme of “Sustainable Agriculture”. 

The Agripreneurs Club:

Chapter 1 Workshop Series (Junior Youths)

Between 31 August 2019 and 27 November 2019, Farmcity welcomed 150 junior youths across the Northern region of Mauritius:  La Tour Koenig, Bois Marchand, Cité La Cure, St. Croix, Triolet, Baie du Tombeau, Goodlands and Cottage. In Chapter 1, participants are first introduced to the possibilities of sustainable farming in a modern way through a tour of our Learning Farm. On their tour, they learn about the different strategies employed to farm in harmony in nature, taste some farm fresh produce, and even conduct a mini experiment to understand irrigation through capillary action. In the second half of the day, we turn the floor over to these bright, young junior youths! They are each given 2 scenarios to role play - first, as Minister of Agriculture to propose ways to make agriculture attractive to youths; and then taking on a superpower to solve some of the most pressing issues facing their communities today. The depth of discussion that followed, as well as their suggestions to solve some extremely challenging problems - of drugs, of pollution, of poor health, left us wondering why we aren't involving them in our policy making process. Imagine the wonders that could be achieved if we simply gave young people a voice!

The Agripreneurs Club:

Chapter 2 Workshop Series (Junior Youths)

Following the first session, the 150 junior youths return to the farm again, this time diving heads-in (and hands on) learning the basics of farming. As a group, they will learn how to prepare the soil, sow seeds, manage weeds, irrigate and tend to their own bed of crops on the farm. The goal is that they learn some basic gardening skills that they can easily replicate at home. In the later part of the session, the junior youths go on a scientific exploration of the world beyond what their eyes can see. With the aid of microscopes, participants examine different plant, soil and insect samples taken from the farm, discovering the hidden universe of the microscopic world. 
Chapter 2 was made possible through the Public Diplomacy Grant provided by the U.S Embassy of Mauritius.

Corporate Team Building  Workshop (Adults)

Centering around the theme of Respect, this team building encompassed a Learning Journey to Farmcity, followed by a team harvesting session ‘U-pick’ style. Using organic agriculture as a lens, the participants engaged in important conversations about the many dimensions of 'respect: from self, to community and as well as the environment. Attendees were also encouraged to translate their ideas into actual commitments for the longer term. The day ended with participants harvesting a variety of crops that were ripe for picking that day. For many, this was the first time they had harvested their very own vegetables.