A dialogue on sustainability through traditional farming techniques.

The Eco Farm is all about reviving and reinventing traditional sustainable farming practices. To address the increasing depletion of India's soil and groundwater table, this project is building a model farm using the concepts of Permaculture, Rainwater Harvesting and Recycling in rural Bengaluru to showcase to small farmers how to achieve higher efficiency and productivity in their lands. The farm is a tool for teaching farmers in the area about sustainable agricultural techniques though workshops and live demonstrations.

TAICT in collaboration with subject matter experts is working with farmers in the area towards using natural farming techniques that will rejuvenate the nutrients and water retention capacity of the soil. The focus is on increasing carbon content in the soil and cultivating indigenous species of crops that complement each other so as to quickly regain organic fertility. Water is scarce in the areas around Tharahunise, which is why this project attempts to make the best use of available water while replenishing the ground water table. The Eco Farm makes use of traditional water harvesting and management methods through ponds, swales and wells. It will also incorporate a decentralised waste water management system that will allow us to reuse our grey and black water.

The Eco Farm is essentially a space for experimentation and learning. Currently, we are experimenting with an agroforestry model, building ‘natural’ ponds, construction with stabilised mud bricks that were made on the farm, large scale wet waste composting, developing a tree nursery, and starting community-owned organic vegetable gardens. The Eco Farm workshop space is still under construction but will be up and running shortly!

As part of our research, we met up with Mr. Narayan Reddy, an expert in traditional and organic farming, and a real friend of the earth. Watch our interview with this inspirational man below!