This article is part of the December 2019’s Newsletter.
1/ Yes WE CAN … grow veggetables without chemicals !
2/ Improvement of the soil structure by adding compost
3/ Types of crops grown
4/ Following up the progress made by the replicators
5/ Sudarshan’s venue to Switzerland and France
6/ Improving the yield of the demo farm
7/ Setting up the distribution channels
8/ Challenges of the coming months
As we described in our kickoff article in 2018, Spiral Farm House started shifting from a conventionl agriculture model to restoring ancestral practices to get rid of the chemicals. Sudarshan focused first on demonstrating that it was possible to grow vegetables without chemicals. His first work consisted mainly in producing quality compost. He is using 6 types of composts. You can read more about this 6 types of compost in the following article.
Nevertheless, the farm still doesn’t generate high yield crops. This is why we discussed with Sudarshan about the gaps that had to field and decided to start a capacity building process to improve the knowledge of Sudarshan with this of other farmers in the world, so as to improve the fertility of the soil and introduce new techniques on the basis of bio-intensive organic farming, along with the principles of permaculture.
To do this, Open Team welcomed a new great team member, Michael Karner, who is an expert in soil regeneration and permaculture. With his collaboration, Sudarshan has been bringing his farm plan a step further. The future concentrates on the vegetable farming, improved soil management techniques and in bringing new tools into practice. Improving the yield and the techniques at Sudarshan’s farm is key because the farm must serve as a local demonstrator of the new agriculture techniques that are proposed in the training. Once these techniques will be proven to regenerate the soil and increase the yield, they will be integrated in the curriculum of the farmers, as a teaching iteration.
Sudarshan managed to meet Michael in November in Paris, while he was touring in Europe. This was a great opportunity for him to learn more techniques, meet other specialists, but also the french team (past volunteers and current staff) and our advisory board to meet Sudarshan in real life. To learn more about the strategy for optimizing the farm, you can read the following article.