Objectives. Phase two of the Project. September 2009 – February 2010.
1. make shelter into full barn with floors, walls and thatching, with three rooms for volunteer accommodation (in roof), kitchen and bathroom.
Cost & timescale: £2,000. By February 2010.
Means to be achieved: Fundraising activity by Karen; Hire local construction team led and design by Daniel
2. begin growing vegetables;
Cost & timescale: £100; Start September 2009.
Means to be achieved: Purchase seeds, continue soil regeneration. Begin water-efficient irrigation Manage trials. Managed by Naresh and Ladku.
3. install 2 borewells and make dam in seasonal river touching the border. Design resource efficient irrigation system.
Cost & timescale: £200 for borewells and £50 for dam irrigation channel construction; Start September 2009.
Means to be achieved: Hire local construction team. Ladku to manage crew. Take note of environmental impacts.
4. install solar system for all eco-farm power needs. Construct holding tank using eco-friendly principles.
Cost & timescale: £5,800 for solar power system. £1,000 for tank construction to be made from natural materials. complete by February 2010.
Means to be achieved: Funding agreed up to £6k with Castle Climbing Centre in London; Obtain 2 extra quotes for basic self-sufficiency requirements. To run 5 lights, computer, borewell water pumping system. Install system once funding secured.
5. begin activities with children of Learning Space supplementary education foundation.
Cost & timescale: £50; Start discussions September 2009.
Means to be achieved: Discuss programme syllabus with director of Learning Space. Set up workshop to be run by three volunteers visiting in November.
6. create shaded beds for protection from sun.
Cost & timescale: £50, Start September 2009.
Means to be achieved: Fund-raising activity by Karen; purchase shade netting and use in-house team to construct.
7. begin growing medicinal ayurvedic herbs for local doctor.
Cost & timescale: £20. Start 2009. Means to be achieved: Discuss requirements with doctor. Source plants. Create herb bed
8. investigate local and city markets for surplus produce and cash crops.
Cost & timescale: £25 Start October 2009.
Means to be achieved: Recruit volunteers to investigate. Cost for return trip to Mumbai
9. ongoing costs. Employ local Indian team and rent of farm (£400/month for team of 4 Indians and hire of 3 acres).
Cost & timescale: £2,800 September – February 2010
Total Phase Two: £13,295. (This is included within the total project cost).
Secured funding: Of the £13,295 required for phase two, so far, £9,295 is secure and £4,000 is sought.