Sieving activity at the Aravali Biodiversity Park (15th October,2015)

With the days getting shorter as we usher in the autumn season, it is a pleasure to wander within the Aravali Biodiversity Park, watching the sun turn into a deep crimson beyond the silhouettes of Dhau and Ronjh dotting the landscape.

The sun was well on its way to bidding adieu for the day when a small team from CRISIL came for a sieving activity at the Park on the 15th of October at 5 pm. We source leaf litter from various communities in Gurgaon, which is then used to create compost piles. Once these piles have been aged for three months, they are ready to be sieved to yield excellent organic manure for the saplings growing within the Park.

The sieving process is by itself easy to follow, but requires some bit of coordination and teamwork. Once the rhythm is built up, it can continue at a fairly brisk pace. It involves the following four steps-

  1. The compost pile is fragmented with a shovel and the material laid out on the earth

2. The fragmented buy generic klonopin online material is then beaten with sticks to pound it to a more even consistency.


3. The finely ground material is made to go through a large sieve, which requires coordination between two people. They have to sway it back and forth.


4. The finely ground and sieved manure is then filled into gunny sacks and stored for later use.

Working this way, the CRISIL team filled 10 bags within the hour. By the time they finished, the sun was a brilliant crimson and set in tandem with their departure. The rich , loamy smell of aged manure is incomparable to any other fragrance. I wish there was a way to bottle its essence. Every time you take a whiff, it reminds you of your primitive roots, your primal connection to Mother Nature. Of a time when Man was as much a part of the forest as the trees and animals themselves. It is this connection that the Park revives in myriad ways – a small patch of solace amidst an ocean of chaos.