I’m very excited for the Food Forest Workshop that’s taking place at Vaksana Farms, my 13 acre farm in Tamilnadu. It’s happening this weekend on 6 & 7 January.
The party I’m most excited is meeting other farm enthusiasts who are coming from across India. It’s going to be an amazing two days of knowledge sharing.
I’ve just begun the food forest journey at the farm and this workshop was the perfect reason for me to spend quality time preparing for it. I’m not coming in as an expert but as a facilitator to bring out the best from the participants. On Sunday, we are visiting the established farm in Auroville to learn from experience who have been farming for close to two decades.
There’s an intense goal setting for our farms in 2018 and this should be exciting. I’ll soon share my experience and photos from the workshop.
I did dumpster hunting today!
I was taking my dog out for our regular walk when I noticed these tree branches in the dumpster. These are branches of the Maruthani (Henna) tree that someone had heartlessly chopped. I felt sad but I sensed an opportunity. I picked these off the dumpster ( much to the amusement of the passersby) and dragged them home.
These branches are regenerative…meaning that when planted in the soil, they will take root and grow. I’m confident that I can grow 10 trees at Vaksana Farms just from these branches.
As part of the Food Forest at the farm, we planted 20 papaya saplings today. Our soil is heavy clay and it’s not the right one for Papaya. They prefer soil that drains well. We’ll have to wait and see how the saplings cope up.
Papaya is one of my favorite fruits and they have become my part of my staple breakfast. Am keeping my fingers crossed and really hoping they take off.
We picked up 30 ‘Balaji’ variety of lime saplings from a nearby nursery. As luck would have it, a fresh consignment has just landed from Andhra Pradesh the previous day. Tomorrow, we get down to planting then at the farm.
Took the plunge and ordered a Tshirt for Vaksana Farms. Been meaning to do this for a long time and finally did it today. This decision influenced by three people.
1) Prasant Naidu who always wears his Lighthouse Insights Tshirt when he speaks on stage or FB Live.
2) Fredrik Haren‘s Ideas Island Tshirt
3) Pravin Shekar‘s Guerilla Marketing techniques.
Thank you guys.
Ordered it on InkMonk. Would you recommend a better On-demand Tshirt printing platform? I also realized I need to work on the Vaksana Farms’ logo and branding.