The Saha Astitva holistic eco-farm is a new farm in the forest, based in a fully tribal pristine valley area 80km north of Mumbai. It is located in the North Konkan coastal range, an offshoot of the Western Ghats and an area of much biodiversity & cultural heritage – an ancient area of pilgrimage and numerous hot springs including the hottest in Asia. The area is currently threatened mainly through human disturbance and rapid industrilisation.
We are creating a model eco-farm / research centre with a light footprint on the earth and providing a source of inspiration, demonstrating alternative possibilities for a sustainable future, encouraged by our supporters. We are regenerating degraded soil, replanting trees, growing fruits, vegetables, herbs and healthy grains, utilising Vedic techniques, modern technology (solar PV) and creating eco-structures. We encourage open-minded volunteers and networking in an ecological environment, and employ local people so they can get their livelihoods from sustainable practices;
We aim to do wider reforestation and create a social farming co-operative with the tribals for organic food. We are a member of MOFCA = Mumbai organic farmers and consumers association and inspired by IFOAM one-world lifetime award winner Sri Bhaskar Save.
We are supported by donors and profits from Shivaloka who offer eco-tourism and treasures from sacred India.