Geoff Lawton, a shining star of the Permaculture world, has started putting up some nice videos on his website.
Due to connectivity issues, we haven't downloaded these yet but we've seen other useful videos by Geoff.
They are free but it looks like you need to register to get to these.
Videos so far..
1. Designing Your Way To Abundance
2. Property Purchase Checklist
3. Five Acre Abundance On Budget
4. Urban Permaculture: The Microspace
On my latest birthday, Ragu and I were out to attend a friend's baby shower. When we came back to the farm, my mother-in-law pointed us to two healthy saplings of Suppota and Hibiscus along with a few little ones. All nicely packed and left anonymously with the note - "Be Happy".
Three months ago, we met Shantanu, a banker who wanted to be a farmer, at Bhaskar Saveji's farm. A few days later, we got to see Shantanu again, with his awesome wife Rekha, at Navi Mumbai. In a matter of hours, they felt like old friends.
For long, we have resisted organic certification. When some of our farmer friends asked us to simplify what the 63 pages of APEDA certification meant, it sent our heads spinning. When we learnt the cost of such a process, all we wanted to do was to keep a long distance from certification.
Came across this comprehensive presentation on tree based farming. "Agroforestry practices, cropping patterns, fodder giving trees, Nitrogen fixing trees, list of economically important fast growing tree species, trees that have gained wide spread acceptance among the farmers, list of long standing, hard wood trees that have good market value are discussed in this presentation".
Slide 30 holds the crux of the matter.
Wanted to share a wonderful article passed on by our friend, Suren, that reviews perennial staple crops aka food forests.
A month back, after harvesting the sun hemp, we proceeded to seed all the raised beds in the 25 cents with a variety of seeds weighing about 10 kgs (22 pounds). Many of the seeds were tiny so we decided against making clay pellets for faster completion of work. Also, we are not very good at making these pellets so the decision was easy.