Progress

In the beginning |  Phase One   |    Phase Two    |   Phase Three

Progress April 2009 – April 2010

We have completed Phases One and Two which has yielded the following community and environmental benefits:

Community

  • 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.

Environmental Practices

We have:

  • 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

In the Beginning   |  Phase One   |    Phase Two    |   Phase Three
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