Farm

The farm is beautifully landscaped, designed by founder Daniel Uppendahl, to blend with the natural environment and adjacent forest.  It took three years from 2009 to restore the piece of barren tribal land to a biodiverse-rich organic farm.

  • The farm is small-scale, of just two and a half acres.  It adopts organic and traditional natural farming methods in harmony with nature.
  •  It aims to create a rich biodiversity and a balance of eco-systems.
  • As part of our rural green development initiative, we worked with a number of local Warli Adivasi young people.  They, together with our dedicated volunteers, helped transform this once barren land into a thriving eco-system.

The farm inspires the harmonious integration of forest, fields and people:

  • Researches and experiments to discover the best crops and cropping practices for the area, with seed bank, Indian cows and agni hotra.  It takes risks so local people don’t have to.
  • Crops include indigenous varieties of rice, pulses, vegetables, fruits, timber, herbs.
  • Previously employed local community members as part of green rural development and worked with them in managing the farm. These young people have been encouraged to adopt the organic farming practices on their own ancestral land, which was previously not farmed, or used only for conventional rain-fed rice crop.  Many of them practice and sell the produce from their own farms and sell directly to the market.
  • Eco-friendly: Uses construction materials based on minimal footprint on the earth while balancing availability and cost. (combination of natural materials, minimal use of concrete, recycled steel and lightweight tin roofs). Solar power and water pumping, Waste management and minimisation, Water resource management.

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