Organic Farming : We maintain The Green Gardens (Coordinates: 11°36'27"N 76°14'6"E), a 100% Organic Farm in Sulthan Bathery thaluk, in the district of Wayanad, Kerala as a model farm. It is situated 3.5kms from Edakkal Caves, a UNESCO approved world heritage site. On our farm we are able to implement various sustainable living practices, provide year round employment for 3 agricultural workers, and host volunteers interested in experiencing sustainability through ethical living practices once they enroll as a member of Responsible Indian Mission.
Developing Life-cycles: A carefully designed food chain system, zero waste and Zero budget are the principle that we follow in our sustainable living practice. The inter dependency of each components make the life cycle more important. The farm currently manages 4 cows, 12 goats, 16 chickens, 8 ducks, 4 gooses, 6 pigeons a plant nursery as well as various crops and plant varieties. We currently produce pepper, green tea, coffee, cardamom, ginger, turmeric, yams, avocado, jack fruit, guava, orange, banana, coconut etc.. We also produce milk & eggs and seasonal vegetables that are used for internal consumption at the farm - as meals are prepared daily for all workers. In the upcoming year we also expect to cultivate mushrooms, azolla, medicinal plants and add turkey to our livestock collection.
Conservation: We operate with a self-sustaining philosophy, in which we attempt to source all materials that we possibly can from within the farm; for example the clay bricks that we use for construction are made using the soil and water from our farm and well! We also produce nearly all of our own fertilizer with our carefully designed compost system. We also use effective waste management techniques resulting in close to zero waste as well as minimal energy consumptions. We are aiming to use and promote renewable energy through wind, solar, and bioenergy for self sustainability.
Creating multiple revenue verticals: Each year, we spend our savings to create additional revenue verticals in order to attain self sufficiency. Our research and innovation division has created a handmade green and white tea processing unit which is 100% energy efficient that is ideal for small tea growers allowing us to produce premium quality green tea in our own garden. Livestock in our farm has fulfilled our fertiliser requirement, milk and egg, we are presently working on setting up a bio gas unit to make us self sufficient in cooking gas requirement as well. Plant nurseries developed by us have enabled us to create saplings for our internal plantation and for sales. We are preparing bio fertilizers and bio pesticides such as vermin compost, panchagavya, jeevamrutha, indigenous micro organisms & nitrogen fertilizers, these are soon available for sale though us. Fresh coffee powder, turmeric powder, ginger powder are also available for sale. The self help group of TGG Foundation undertakes all the cultivation, maintenance and sales activities. Volunteering has enabled us to gain contact, knowledge and reduced our cost of production and maintenance.