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Permaculture and learning , Rajgurunagar, Maharashtra, IN
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Wet/Dry Tropical

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Project Type

Rural, Residential

Project Summary

Chaitraban is a new project taken up a couple of years ago. It is currently an experimental permaculture homestead. We hope to move towards being as self-sustained as possible while making it into a calm retreat for ourselves and for other people.

Project Description

Chaitraban is a three acre homestead and was started as a weekend farm for a family of city dwellers with a green dream. The land, when acquired was untilled and was quite arid in the absence of any green cover. A comfortable house was built for the children and the land was terraced as wanted. The orchard was planted and no chemicals and pesticides were used at all. Some soil had to be imported to plant the trees and the occassional vegetables that were grown.

Slowly, the land took shape and started looking green. Lots of birds and butterflies started making nests in the foliage and Chaitraban was blessed with a bounty of flowers and fruits in a short time of one year. Bees found the sweet nectar in the flowers and an occassional hare visited the site. We learnt about Permaculture some time back and have started experimenting with the same at Chaitraban. Slowly and surely, we are sure it will be a paradise that we dreamt of some years ago.

Today, the land is getting greener by the day and more and more birds are making their homes in the blossoming trees. The soil is slowly converting from arid to a softer and lucious loam. The small new pond has water lily and fish and frogs making it their home and the bees find a new variety of flower everyday. Plans are on for a chicken coop, making swales before the monsoon and building a grey water treatment system this year.


Four years into abundance!

Posted over 8 years ago (0 comments)

Heap heating up again :-)

after the initial dissapointment, we had a breather when the heap was heated up on the 14

Posted over 10 years ago (2 comments)

Help! Compost heap not heating :-(

Something wrong with the compost...

Posted over 10 years ago (4 comments)

Having fun with compost!

After putting in the green colour on the otherwise very brown land, we are now ready to really dive into some serious growing!

Posted over 10 years ago (3 comments)

sheet mulched beds we made this year

its not even a year yet and we are already having meals off the sheet mulched beds!

Posted over 10 years ago (2 comments)

Permaculture is weaving magic!

It is almost three years and as Toby Hemenway says, the magic is happening! The trees are yielding shining tasty food, the variety of weeds on the land is slowly reducing, the soil is darker colour now and there are tons and tons of teeny tiny insects cra

Posted almost 11 years ago (4 comments)

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Posted almost 11 years ago (0 comments)

Our first sheet mulching experiment!!

I had been reading on net, watching videos and finally decided to try my hand at my first hands-on with sheet mulching viggie bed!

Posted about 11 years ago (3 comments)

Getting closer to the dream everyday

Our journey of just over a year has been rewarding!

Posted over 11 years ago (0 comments)
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