We believe in sustainability through growing our own food, adapting to the current environment and technologies, and protecting the environment around us. Sustainable farming is not about input management and measuring outputs against a conventional benchmark. We can’t value land based on how much it produces. It’s about how sustainably it can produce given the effort put into nurturing it and maintaining a respectful balance with nature.
An Advanced Organic Farming System
A Biodynamic farmer believes that: “The soil is a living entity in itself. The farm is considered as a whole organism that supports itself within.”
Biodynamic Farming is a sustainable and regenerative form of agriculture where the farm is a living entity that interacts with the environment, to build healthy, living soil and to produce food that nourishes mankind.
The practices were prevalent way before the chemical revolution, when farmers (by default organic) practiced biodynamic agriculture to optimize the quantity, quality, and taste profile of their crops and produce.
Modelled around the agriculture lectures given by Austrian born scientist & philosopher Rudolf Steiner in the 1920s and practiced successfully around the world, including India
Basic Principles of Biodynamic Agriculture
- Supports the right balance of people, plants and animals (the cow is an integral part of the farming process)
- Specially made compost preparations consisting of time-tested doses of plants, minerals, and animal manure to improve soil life
- No outside inputs such as soil amendments or animal feed – fodder is grown on the farm and the animals should also be free grazing with exposure to elements in nature
- Farm Activities are planned based on a lunar calendar, phases of the moon, and the planetary positions of the sun and stars.
- The resulting produce is nutritionally superior & tastes like how nature intended it to be
ADDITONAL PRACTICES WE FOLLOW
- Seasonal growing patterns and crop rotation plans are followed for best outcomes, especially since large sections of our land is rain irrigated
- Green manuring, cover cropping, and companion planting techniques are followed to maintain soil nutrition and crop diversity
- Regenerative local grassland species were encouraged under plantations, to control the invasive weeds, and minimize tilling and weed elimination work.
- Permaculture inspired landscaping works, rainwater harvesting & irrigation systems support the essence of overall sustainability and cost control
- Apiculture on our farm landscape given the amount of varieties we grow
- Seeds & conservation of traditional, open pollinated and heirloom varieties has been our strength along the years. We save and use our own seeds each season, or procure them from reliable organic sources in the network. We are also expanding our perennial varieties as a long-term approach. We strictly do not use GMO or treated seeds.
- Customized farm tools and machinery, and renewable energy systems that promote sustainability in the rural landscape
Our overall goal is to promote biodiversity in the local landscape, protect local plant and animal species, and protect the earth, carbon and water resources to prevent pollution and contaminations.