Sustainable Development in Northern India
Organic farming, the new… old frontier. You’d think, perhaps, that organic farming is common or predominate in India. Well, at least I did! But that’s not been the case. The Green Revolution is very much alive in India, with the good and the bad mixed in. Sure, higher yields, more food, less hungry, more money, right? Not so at the moment. The soil fertility has been slowly decreasing over the years to the point of causing nutrient deficiencies in both the soil and that which is grown in it. Yields that had increased so greatly are plateauing or decreasing. Chemical pesticides and fertilizers cause sickness to those applying them and also others imbibing certain foods. The list goes on and on.
Many organic and conscientious farming initiatives exist in India. We are a sequin in a sari, so to speak. Our efforts lie in small, rural areas in the Punjab (near Janauri and Dolbaha) and Himachal Pradesh (Naddi and Maity). We have been allotted two larger plots of land by aging and/or interested persons who haven’t the manpower/resources to actively cultivate them (Maity and Janauri, respectively). Additionally, we are working on inter house gardens. So far we have began these in Naddi, Janauri and Dolbaha houses. These projects include organic food waste compost with worms (vermi-compost), the collection of organic seeds, the creation of organic pesticides using the abundant cow urine and manure in our surrounding community and vertical farming and tree planting. Please follow our Organic Farming blogs to stay abreast of these exciting and “fruitful” projects!