Back to earth
A need for the course arises from the current ecological crisis that the world faces which has become much more pronounced due to the impact of COVID19 pandemic. The objective of the course is to orient the participants towards ecological crisis facing humanity and the need for a more responsible approach to farming. The course provides principles and practices to overhaul the current food system to achieve both ecological and economic sustainability.
What you will learn
Session 1 & 2: Introduction to adverse ecological effects of the current food system around the world and in India; how it impacts the lives of all the stakeholders in the food chain. Outlining of principles that should govern healthy and economically sustainable food systems. An approach to sustainable agriculture for farmers based on principles of biodiversity, self-sufficiency, sustainability and spirituality.
Session 3: How to start a farm, foundational principles of farming, land selection criteria, protecting available resources like soil and water on the farm.
Session 4: Land Preparation, Understanding soil, Soil Organic Matter, Principles of Composting, Green Manuring, Cover Crops, Crop Rotation, Companion Cropping, Mulching, Bio-fertilizers, Permanent Raised Beds.
Session 5: Zero-waste principles. Soil input management based on principles of self-sufficiency. Preparation of inputs from cow, soil and plants existing on the farm. For e.g. biofertilizers, compost, vermicompost, bio-enhancers etc.
Session 6: Benefits of indigenous seeds over hybrid and GM seeds. Principles of seed selection, production, harvesting and storage.
Session 7: Crop Plantation and management, planning of crops, Sowing methods, Various methods of cropping like Intercropping, Mixed Cropping, Companion Cropping, Ratooning, Relay Cropping. Preparing crop nursery.
Session 8: Pests of various crops, plant protection measures (preventive and curative), biopesticides, natural predators, cultural practices. Achieving self-sufficiency in plant protection inputs.
Session 9: Case study of a successful model (Symbiotically Enhanced Wadi Agriculture) farm based on principles described in the course.
After successful completion of the course, the participants should be able to design resource efficient farming system for small and marginal farmers for improving their economy while meeting the quality food demand in a sustainable manner.
Meet your instructors
Sanatkumar Das: President of Govardhan Eco Village (Govardhan Eco Village has been awarded with Krishi Bhushan Award from Department of Agriculture, Government of Maharashtra for achievements in Organic Farming)
Tarun Nitai Das: M.SC (Agriculture). Head of Department (Agriculture and Gurukul, Govardhan Eco Village)
Madhav Murari Das: Project Coordinator (Govardhan Rural Development)