The area began as a barren rocky terrain, but there was a need and desire to create a lush green landscape of trees, which would attract animals, insects, and provide a vivid array of plants and flowers. After 2 years of using the Miyawaki Technique with the help of Afforestt, our dense forest with over 8000 saplings planted in less than one acre has become a bio diversity hot spot with over 45 species of birds, bugs & bees, butteflies and dragonflies, velvet boochies, squirrels, peacocks and even snakes.
In our ongoing effort to be self sustaining and eco-friendly, we have implemented several green initiatives. We started with excavating soil from our land and compressing it into the building blocks for our buildings; converted the excavated land into a rain water harvesting pond; designed an elaborate network of swales, storm water drains, recharge pits and collection chambers to increase the ground water level.
Our Forest and Kitchen Gardens are completely organic as we do not use any chemicals and fertilisers. We compost all our garden waste along with natural activators sch as cow dung and cow urine and recycle the grey water to irrigate the gardens.
We are using Solar Energy for heating water and lighting and the aim is to go completely off grid.
All our buildings are being constructed using CSEB—Compressed Stabilised Earth Blocks. These blocks are being made from our own soil, employing the local villagers.
Rain Water Harvesting
Our ponds have a total capacity to store approximately 40 lakh (4 million) liters of rain water. We have an elaborate ground water recharge system.
Grey Water Harvesting
Waste water from kitchens and shower areas is diverted through a filtration process. This water is then used to irrigate the gardens around the buildings.
We are currently using solar energy for hot water all over the farm. The goal is to go off grid, with solar power used for electricity and heating in all buildings.
Dried leaves and twigs are shredded and composted with kitchen waste. Amrut Jal is used as a catalyst to activate the composting process. We do not burn any garden waste.
We do not use any chemical pesticides or fertilizers, instead we use natural materials Amrut Jal and Neem oil as fungicides and have planted Glyricidia to keep away rodents. Dried leaves are used for mulching the base of trees and the forest floor.