Progress April 2009 – April 2010
We have completed Phases One and Two which has yielded the following community and environmental benefits:
- we are employing three full time Adivasi and three part-time.
- we have provided over 1300 man-days of work to local community in the craft, construction and farming works already.
- we have good relations in the community and complete co-operation from our neighbours.
- we source most of our composting materials (goat droppings, river sand, rice straw) locally, providing a revenue stream for local people.
- we are continuing to forge links with the Learning Space supplementary education programme.
- we have started investigating how we might link the local Adivasis to Government schemes that exist for their benefit.
- created three eco-structures (frame for barn and fence materials) from recycled steel and used minimal concrete. These were all constructed ‘in-situ’.
- planted Beaugonvillia hedge to blend the fence into the landscape.
- created a dam to replenish the aquifer during monsoon.
- planted over 300 fruit and forest trees sourced from local nurseries.
- minimised the use of motorised transport.
- maximised use of bamboo in structures.
- infused the soil with vermiculture, EMs and other organic matter.
- created three in situ compost heaps and vermiculture compost.
- created temporary structures for toilet, bath and kitchen.
- installed a solar power pump and 147 ft deep borewell
- experimented with growing rice, dahl, sesame, vegetables and salads
- planted an ayrvedic (medicinal) herb bed
- introduced a pure breed cow and her calf for Vedic farming
- adopted vedic farming techniques – ‘amrut pani’ and agni hotr
- hosted over 20 volunteers and 100 visitors from India and abroad
- established relations with progressive organic farmers, consumers and environmental professionals