People with a new interest in organic farming (either because they inherited a family farm, or recently acquired one), often struggle with making them self-sustaining and profitable. The reasons for problems can be varied — limitations of time, constraints of capital, inability to find the right market, lack of knowledge or reliable manpower, high costs… Read More Mumbai Workshop: Reviving Family Farms (12th February, 2017)
We are increasingly approached by folks who are interested in the idea of having or running their own organic farm and want to learn how they can achieve this – ASAP of course 🙂 We’re also sometimes approached by people who would like to invest into the agricultural “sector” – because of the future potential… Read More Becoming an organic farmer? Should you?
If one were to go by what one sees in the local media, Goa’s agricultural scene seems to be going through a renaissance of sorts. Virtually every day brings a new story of agricultural success and initiative – whether it’s strawberries in Sanguem, greenhouse capsicums in Saligao, organic mangoes in Chorao, SRI rice in Salcete,… Read More Is Goa finally getting serious about agriculture?
Just trying to keep track with a list of startups that seem to be trying new (and old) things within Agriculture in India. Interesting link: http://yourstory.com/2014/03/agriculture-startups-india/ Investors: http://www.omnivore.vc/ [table id=1 /]
This is a quick summary of the process that we have followed to revive the Pinto Urban Organic Farm at Santacruz, Goa. More information will be added here later. [metaslider id=554] Download the slideshow as a PDF (Google Drive)…
With a long wet season and a pretty hot summer, its often tempting to grow vegetables in a more insulated/protective environment – ergo a green house. But growing in such an environment is different enough from our usual organic approaches while growing in the field to give us some pause. For example, while its probably… Read More Growing organic vegetables in Greenhouses
One of the major costs on a farm tends to be fertilisers – even if you are growing organically. This is especially true if you import your manure/compost instead of producing it (like us). However this challenge seems even more severe in lands like we use – where the soil building activities are undermined by… Read More Growing without fertilisers – soil building with weeds