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 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
The replicators grow a set of priority crops based on vegetables they eat most
The main crops that the first farmers are growing are the following : potatoes, tomatoes, cauliflower, eggplant, spinach, cabbage, radish, mustard. The current price for these vegetables sold on the local market is the same as for conventional crops But consumers have expressed their strong interest in buying vegetables grown without chemicals. With this demand of organic produce, we are starting an experiment by selling the produce at a higher price to define an appropriate market value.
Demonstration of selling at higher price with build trust in the farmers’ perception at large in the ScaleSchool program and engage them into training more farmers around their own farms. The more we succeed in demonstrating the increase of the livelihood, the more farmers we can engage into the progressive switch to organic farming based on permaculture principles.