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The Aranya story: turning barren land into a food forest using permaculture


My name is Padma Koppula, This farm is Around 11.5 acres of land In the year of 1997, We purchased this land After 1 year, It was like how we can about it. Its dryland, what can we do and all other thing, We had some discussions And Before that when me and Narasanna used to work in an organisation, There Narasanna has designed a Permaculture farm So in that farm many farmers used to ask the question Are you farmers? Is it possible whether the permaculture can be practically implementable or not? That’s what farmers always used to ask During that time Narasanna and me decided that why can’t we buy a piece of land here and why can’t we start so whatever the little saving which we had, that the community has shown us this land It was barren and wasteland, in between the forest and nobody used to come in this area and they introduced us and with their little help we purchased this land And then started plantation This is the indicator of ready for ripen, the cracks here and pinkish inside the segment The segment become pinkish with 11.5 acres we first started with rain water harvesting structures We spend around six thousand rupees by that time with the Six thousand rupees first we did contours entire the land and then rain water harvesting has taken place Then a part of two acres of land we started plantation. Its dryland agriculture We have only mulching, so always with all the fruit plants we have one nursing plants, like glyceredia Until the rainy season we planted and in the winter season it was so good And we mulched with so much of bio mass, with the glyceredia,coconut coir and whatever dry grasses available we mulched with that and pitchery irrigation was started you know about the pot and in the summer season we can give a bit of moisture to the plants its a life saving irrigation The principles are vert strong in a permaculture like no waste, don’t create waste, catch and store energy These things are very important when you are living around you apply those principles to whatever work you are doing What you see in the permaculture is that these principles can be applied anywhere in this world The color of soil will tells you what content it has carbon, nitrogen They are talking about these kind of things, you keep soil as it it and add Bore, Zinc, sulphur and NPKR Wrong! You have to bring this stage This is your responsibility This is capable, But this cannot deteriorating situation of soil profile and entire micro organisms There is nothing there to eat much, did you see here Here the roots are very active and the color has been changed more microbial activity And here its a fully active look at all millets and pigeon pea and Roselle, white and Hibiscus. Three varieties we have This is a Chaya there is a Mango nearby And this is my circle which i converted in to a poop pit Poop pit You can just cover with the mulch happily around here is the lemon grass which i planted, Papaya and your Banana your coconut and the Muringa This is a Cucumber, its the biggest and you can eat them you can make pickle also and you cut it and keep it for pickle and curry also it has one of the highest sour when you make it The seed is indigenous and can multiplied by any numbers Nicely the animals, they harvested the seeds, Did you see the Squirrels, they did it. They spread it. lot of seeds are fallen here you can see Karela here, they are ready to be harvested Inside there are seeds so lot of diversities Your Bottle gourd, Curry leaves and Tulsi. This is edible and the leaf is one of the best Ocimum (Ocimum Sanctum ) Fantastic This is my Citrus medica, one of the very good pickle and this is a medicinal plant. lot of demand for this. My community will come and take this for ulcers and kidney stones. those who have they use the juice of this fruit This is a water harvesting structure.This is called percolation tank Whatever water coming from different places, I direct it into this pits So the water will be stagnated here and store more water The percolation takes place in to the ground and water and moisture are hold by the trees after reaching saturation they release water into the low lying areas through capillary action and gravity where my well is getting recharged Where this water will flow, you have to look the area.You make contour bunds, divert the water water will stagnate, It will recharge your ground water There is myth most of the people think that permaculture is a word which is very difficult to understand Its nothing , a very simple word, permanent agriculture based on a long term vision Which you have to work with, definitely you will achieve the goal of what you wanted to do with this activity, purpose of this job what you are doing agriculture or forestry or water harvesting you must act, You must interact with the life Not with the dead, the lifeless The life will give birth to another life I think the Aranya is thriving for these kind of activities with the communities on larger scale We wanted to do teaching, Advocacy in practical level, farm level with women, with seeds, with water harvesting lot of other aspects we are looking at If you wanted to live, you have to work with nature, you learn that the guiding principle is forest and your nature will guide what to do you can work very close with nature Total hundred percentage is not possible, but you can make it very closer to the nature That is where exactly the permaculture talks about Always people will ask is this practically implementable or not Yes. This is a live example more than this what we can do

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