It is a unique place to practice, train and experience sustainable living, a world in its natural habitat, a place that can ignite your conscious. Yes you got it right, we are talking about The Green Gardens (Coordinates: 11°36'27"N 76°14'6"E), a sustainable living project maintained by Navajyothi a self help group supported by TGG Foundation. It is located near Edakkal Caves, a UNESCO approved world heritage site, a place that has the reminiscence of stone age and its much correlated theories with Indus valley civilisation. It is certainly a location with some history worth exploring.
Sustainable living practice : We maintain The Green Gardens, a 100% Ethical Farm following organic practices in Sulthan Bathery thaluk, in the district of Wayanad, Kerala as a model farm, where we are able to implement various sustainable living practices, provide year round livelihood for 3 women and a man and extends volunteering opportunities to socially responsible people from across the world through our Responsible Indian Mission program.
Sustainable living experience: For nature lovers and people who are in search of solitude can choose our sustainable living experience once becoming a member of the Responsible Indian Mission. The minimum duration is 3 days and the maximum is 14 days, it is a non commercial activity and the amount paid by you for accommodation is treated as donation and is used for the construction of our Rural Development Hub for livelihood creation in Wayanad. It is a noble cause and you are entitled for Income tax exemption under 80G for your donation. Click on the right side image to book online.
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.
Self-sufficiency: We are trying to be self sufficient, in which we consume mainly what is been produced in our farm; for example Tea, coffee, spices, coconut oil, vegetables, fruits, eggs, milk, etc.comes from our farm. We also use effective waste management techniques resulting in close to zero waste as well as minimal energy consumption. The clay bricks that we use for construction are made using the soil and water from our farm. We also produce bio-fertilizer in our carefully designed compost system and is used in enriching the quality of the soil. Our next aim is to use renewable energy through wind, solar, and bio-energy for self sustainability.
Conservation: The eco system of the farm is such that it automatically replenishes the utilised resources in its natural pace. We had to set the pace of our consumption in accordance to the natural growth to reduce the pressure on the soil. Alternate energy production techniques that are nature friendly been implemented from time to time and more such research are in progress in this direction. A portion of the farm is marked as bio-diversity zone to experience and research the natural growth during limited interference.
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.