Organic Farming Training
- Basic Course : Five Elements Approach to Holistic Farming
- Growing Vegetables
- Growing a Food Forest
Five Elements Approach to Organic Farming:
Prithvi: Soil, organic matter and organisms in soil; improving soil. Testing soil, nitrogen fixing plants, pioneer plants for degraded soils, making jeevamrutham to improve soils; making beejamrutham to preserve seeds; other bio growth promoters and pesticides; natural pest traps; importance of bees, cows and other animals in a farm; Ecological and Holistic farming.
Jal: Water: – when, how much, mulching to minimize watering, drainage and ponds for rain water harvesting, drip irrigation. Rain fed crops
Agni: Sunlight – how much does a specific plant need? Sunlight as scarce resource, multi-level farming to harness sunlight, protecting soil from excessive sunlight – always let some plants grow on it.
Vayu: Protecting from excessive wind, wind breakers; companion and alternate crops; value of biodiverse farm with food forest.
Akaash: Space, infiniteness that are symbolic of the sacredness of Nature; Holistic farming as a meditative and spiritual activity; balancing commercial viability and respect for Nature.