Indian/Himalayan Organic Farming

 

Organic farming heals pesticide – poisoned land

The picture perfect lush green terraced fields of the Himalayas which were once so common in postcards and wall papers have today largely abandoned. Thanks to the government’s reckless attitude that organically grown agricultural produce stands no chance against commercially produced cheaper grains and vegetables and threats from real estate developers.

 

The price paid has been in the form of deteorating public health and nutrition decline due to mindless pesticide use, chemical agriculture and genetic engineering.

 

Agro – biodiversity under threat

In our mountainous region there has been a drastic decline in Oak forest cover that could have sustained a diversity of flora and fauna and poaching of Leopards that helped in maintaining wild boar and rhesus macaque ,numbers has led to increase in both these species leading to raiding of crops and orchards.

 

All these factors have led to mass migration of the indigenous inhabitants from the Himalayan region to the plains throwing out of balance socio-cultural dynamics.

 

As an insurance against such vulnerability Rural Traveller in partnership with Society for Mahseer Conservancy in the Uttarakhand region is making an effort for the conservation of biodiversity and is gradually encouraging a movement for the protection of small farmers through promotion community based sustainable tourism.

 

Reviving traditional farming

The last few remaining farms in our area still use traditional farming practices, all of which are organic and largely have low impact on the land. We have the privilege of being linked with two such farms, where guests are invited to join in on daily farm activities such as working in the vegetable garden, fruit picking (seasonal), grazing the goats, cutting grass or fodder, milking cattle, or preparing traditional hill country food from the day’s harvests.

 

How Can You Help?

It's for those who want to transform their world into something completely different—learning to become more self-reliant, connecting with the earth, integrating skills from the "good old days" that many of us take for granted, and leading a more balanced and harmonious lifestyle, and the hosts welcome travellers to bring new visions, ideas, and techniques for improving their farm especially on the field.

 

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What You'll Do
  • Nursery work, sowing seeds, filling flower boxes and pricking out.
  • Reforestation work, planting, weeding, mulching, staking and pruning.
  • Creation and maintenance of vegetable gardens.
  • Compost making.
  • Planting and harvesting crops.
  • If you are interested in mountain food and delicacies you may help in the preparation of food.
  • Assist in construction and painting
  • Preparation for other
  • Geeding and caring for the animals.
  • Feeding worms and separating worms from the humus, .etc.
  • Teach conservation and English.
  • Artwork, translating, preparation of info and materials for the school.
Cost :

This activity is free off cost. However you may contribute for afforestation in the immediate vicinity of the farm

Best Time To Come

All year round. Monsoon months of July to September are when trees are planted.