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 organic farming through our membership with the World Wide Organization of Organic Farms in India (WWOOF India).
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 3 cows, 15 goats, 22 chickens, a plant nursery as well as various crops and plant varieties. We currently produce pepper, green tea, coffee, yams, turmeric, and avocado to be sold in the market. We also produce milk, eggs, ginger as well as various fruits and vegetables such as tomato, jackfruit, papaya, and coconut that are used for internal consumption at the farm - as meals are prepared daily for all workers. We have also planted cardamom and expect to produce enough for sale by next year. In the upcoming year we also expect to cultivate and sell mushrooms and Asola as well as increase our livestock to include turkey, swans, and pigeons. We also plan to develop an aquaculture system in which we will be able to produce fish.
Conservation: We operate with a self-sustaining philosophy, in which we attempt to source all materials that we possibly can from on site- 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 committed to using and promoting renewable energy through wind, solar, and bioenergy.
Creating multiple revenue verticals: Each year, we spend our savings in creating 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 and ideal for small tea growers. Livestock is a new addition in our farm which has fulfilled our fertiliser requirement and in coming years it will also make us self sufficient in cooking gas requirement. Plant nurseries developed by us have enabled us to create saplings for our internal plantation and for sales. Volunteering has enabled us to gain contact, knowledge and reduced our cost of production and maintenance. The promoters of The Green Gardens is presently developing a farm tourism project which will add another revenue vertical shortly.