Archive for May, 2010

Nepal – Jajarkot Permaculture Programme (JPP)

Friday, May 28th, 2010

(Source: Permaculture Activist)

The Jajarkot Permaculture Programme (JPP) is a small center based in Jajarkot, Nepal, aimed at revitalizing traditional farming techniques with enhanced sustainable methods for better results. This small organization is supported by ActionAid Nepal. The program works with the local community to increase food supply and improve production.

Program description

JPP has demonstration sites for presenting sustainable farm design with the incorporation of social programs. The first permaculture design course was conducted in 1995 by experienced farmers and permaculture experts. They taught fellow farmers how to increase yield with proper land use and efficient utilization of available resources to enrich fields without needing additional farm lands. The Center also provides training for income generating livelihoods: beekeeping, weaving, vegetable production and potable water systems.

Current agricultural initiatives are:

Agro-forestry

• Composting

• Farm system diversification

• intercropping

• Regenerative agriculture methods (green manures)

JPP extends its services by supporting human rights for minority groups and the poor. Their social development program includes support for small enterprises, adult education, along with access to better credit/saving systems and health facilities.

Contact Info:

Jajarkot Permaculture Programme (JPP)

P.O. Box 10908

Kathmandu,

Nepal

Tel: Kathmandu 270466 (off.), 272167 (farm)

Fax: +977(1)259833

Nepalganj (081) 22389

Surkhet (083) 29313

Email: jpp@mos.com.np

India – Solitude Farm

Friday, May 28th, 2010

(Source: Solitude Farm Facebook Page)

Solitude Farm is a farm community using permaculture methods for growing crops on a six-acre property in Auroville, India. Farm owners base their planting methods on Masanou Fukuoka’s philosophy of natural farming. The farm grows different vegetables, lentils, fruits, oil seeds, millets and rice. As part of their sustainable agricultural activities, the farm members also practice green building techniques and alternative energy methods.


Projects in Progress

According to the farm’s blog , they are now in the sowing season for red rice. The farm used green manure and composting on 300 sq meters of field to enrich the soil. The whole process took 6 months. When weeds grew they were pulled and used as mulch.

The farm is experimenting with this technique based from Msanobu Fukuoka’s theories. Solitude Farm hopes to replicate this model with other crops if planting is successful.


Project Needs

As the farm hosts different volunteers, more work is needed on agricultural endeavors.


Contact Info

Solitude Farm

Email: latiruese[at]yahoo[dot]com

Tel: +91 0413 2622068.