Natural Farming And Native Seed Bank
If we have to connect with nature we have to stop killing it first. Chemical fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides used in modern agriculture are fast depleting our natural ecosystem. Our soil is slowly becoming dead. We need to rejuvenate and conserve our living soil. That is the first step to saving the natural world. In 2018, we took over the mango orchards in village Kaithora and Sambhalhera and stopped using any chemicals in the orchards.
Next, we stopped using urea and DAP-laden fertilizers and started applying cow dung manure and bio-enzymes on our crops. Chemicals kill friendly bees and bugs. Since we stopped using chemicals, we have noticed an increase in the number of butterflies and bee swarms at the farm. These are crucial partners in natural farming. We started mulching the farms to reduce water usage. In 2019, we introduced the indigenous varieties of grains. From 3-4 crops, we increased the crop diversity to 20+ varieties of crops. We even introduced marigold flower in 2019 and cotton crop in 2020, with bumper harvests.
All kinds of pulses, oilseeds, millets, herbs, vegetables, and flowers are intercropped in the same fields where wheat and sugarcane were the only major crops. We are ready to share our learnings with the local community. We want to build a community of farmers who want to adopt natural farming methods with indigenous seeds and zero chemicals. We plan to create a native seed bank in village Sambhalhera in 2021.