The Farm

Life on a small farm might seem primitive, but by living such a life we become able to discover the Great Path. I believe that one who deeply respects his neighborhood and everyday world in which he lives will be shown the greatest of all worlds. ~ Masanobu Fukuoka

 

 
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The farm layout is planned in such a way that various sectors have combination of tree and crop distribution supporting multicropping.

Entire cultivation is based on organic and natural methods. Most of the methods adopted are  low-cost, low-tech and also less labour intensive. We use no chemicals and have completely avoided any kind of pesticides - organic or inorganic relying completely on natural methods.

Plain land except for 4 trees, when we started in 2005, now the flora is varied and glad to say that we have  planted over 4500 saplings spread over 150+ species. We have been trying to cultivate most of the essential vegetables, cereals and fruits too.

 

Over the years the fauna has  increased considerably. First animals to come to our farm were cows of "Malenadu Gidda" breed from Ramachandrapura Mutt which were rescued from slaughter houses. These cows are very small in size and very friendly in nature. We also have few "Hallikar"  breed cows which are used for tilling fields. We started off with a small poultry of 5 chicks which has grown to 50 and provides additional income for Shanmukha and farm fresh eggs for us. 2 ducks were also introduced and are very much at home with rest of the hens.

The plants and foliage has resulted in increase of our feathered friends and some interesting wildlife during the night.

Various water conservation techniques have been adopted at the farm including rainwater harvesting tank.

Sun not only provides light during the day but when harnessed properly can be used for lighting during the night too. Gobar gas plant provides all the fuel required for cooking for both the houses. The energy requirements of the houses to a very large extent have been met with renewable resources.

 

 

This site was last updated 16-Jun-2016