Restoring Biodiversity

An additional 30ft of forest was created as part of the farm with a vibrant banana orchard with extra tasty organic alychee bananas.  We have planted100s of mixed trees including papaya, orange, lime, neem, pippal, rudraksha, jackfruit, custard apple, cashew, lakshmi taro, tamarind, guava, mango, audumbara, banyan and bamboo amongst others! We have planted numerous ayurvedic herbs and medicinal plants including aloe, tulsi, shatavari, vetiver, lemongrass.  We have successfully grown ginger and turmeric.  100s of other shrubs and plants are growing.

Bhaskar Save’s principles seek to provide balance in eco-systems. First we have to return life to the soil.  To improve the soil we use vermi-compost, gobar, green manure and amrut pani.  To control pests we seek to find the cause (weakened immune system of the plant) and sometimes let the short life-span of the vegetarian pest run its course rather than look to get rid of it, aiming for it’s predator to come for biological control.  Tulsi, raui, cosmos are used to inhibit insect reproduction.

We have seen amazing fauna in the last year or so including a great horned owl and atlas moth.

Life of the soil

Restoring biodiversity begins with creating life in the soil as the building blocks of the food chain.  Part of a healthy eco-system utilises the miraculous intereconnectedness of the 5 elements combined with living organisms: bacteria, insects, plants and the animal kingdom.  Bi-products of the living organisms in turn create the nutrition of healthy soil that create healthy plants. Bhaskar Save maintains that once the eco-systems are restored no additional inputs are required, provided the bi-products are recycled to the earth.

Our soil, heavy alkaline clay, had no biomass in it when we started and no life.  This meant little nutrition and no air for the roots to breathe or expand into. Utilising India’s rich seasonal variations creates a wonderful environment for life.  Therefore using the micro-organisms in the amrut pani, layer chopped tor, adding worm eggs to the soil has created a fertile environment for food to grow.