During the morning of 19th of February, FSL-India implemented 2 banana circles at Mavinakatte Government Primary School. This task was carried out by some of FSL-India’s volunteers – Jan, Florian, Anna and Carlota, as well as Manjesh and Manju – FSL-India’s staff. The team could count on the help and support of the school staff, as well as the huge involvement of some students.
The choice to implement a banana circle is because it follows a permaculture design. Permaculture is based on 3 main principles, which are earth care, people’s care and fair share.
In relation to this, the banana circle uses waste water that otherwise would just evaporate –related with the “earth care” principle. Secondly, multiple crops can be grown inside it because it creates a sort of microclimate, and they are all organic because no chemicals are used – related to “people’s care” principle. Finally, there will be free bananas for the schoolchildren – related with the “fair share” principle.
During the whole morning, everyone worked hard digging holes, cutting branches, planting the bananas and a papaya tree as well, and making a watering system. Moreover, to protect them from the animals, a whole fence was built up around it.
It was a very nice morning, and the students enjoyed being part of the process, while learning and participating hand in hand with the FSL-India staff and volunteers.