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Vanapa - Designing A Sustainable Living Model
Vanapa - Designing A Sustainable Living Model
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Pennagaram, Vanapa , Dharmapuri, Tamilnadu, IN
Climate zone:
Dry Tropical

Gnanaprakash S kamuran kestek Vrishab Kakade
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Vanapa - Designing A Sustainable Living Model

Project Type

Urban, Rural, Demonstration, Educational, Permaculture Local Group Transition Town Permablitz

Project Summary

5 acre Family run farm, we work closely with nature and are learning to align our life with the elements of nature. We are working towards making this a Permaculture/Natural Farming demonstration site and a site to promote afforestation.

Project Description

Vanapa is exactly 2 years old now (Oct 2016), We are nicely tucked deep into a village that reaching the site is almost impossible after the sun sets. Such is the location of the site that we are constantly looking for people to work in our farm, people have quit working here for a fact that they do not have modern amenities of any kind and also the lack of connectivity to the outside world. We Generate our own energy via Solar panels and a Wind turbine. 70% of the 5 Acer is dedicated to forest development. We are working on two types of Forests 1. Food Forest 2. Indigenous Forest. The rest of the property is available to growing food using Permaculture/Natural Methods. We have designed swales, recharging pond, Water Retaining Pond, Rainwater Soaking Pits and a Surface Well. We have few cattles at the farm who provide us with Milk on a daily basis apart from some soul communications. We do not sell milk, we consume most of it and the rest is used to make Curd/Yogurt & Ghee/Clarified Butter which is usually shared with friends and family. We also have a small nursery where we grow our babies before they are ready to face the world. We push towards a zero waste policy at our farm and most of the kitchen waste go into compost and the human waste turned into cooking gas through a Bio gas plant which is connected to the Toilets. Our houses are built of Mud with natural flooring (hardened earth). We also have two wooden structures for our visitors. On a daily basis we have a lot of challenges and a lot of opportunities to work and learn with nature and thats exactly what we do. We predominantly use earthen pots for storage of food and water and also for cooking. Our evenings are usually peaceful and fun with two of our lovely dogs (Baasha & Ladoo)by our side and listening to all our stories and they do have loads to share too.


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