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Punarvasu Farm
Punarvasu Farm
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adamaru (15km south of udupi), karnataka, IN
+91 9449836883
Climate zone:
Wet/Dry Tropical

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Punarvasu Farm

Project Type

Rural, Demonstration, Educational

Project Summary

revival of traditional family farm in south west coastal India using permaculture techniques and strategies to create both a viable livelihood for the family and a functional demonstration and education site.

Project Description

Punarvasu is a five acre traditional family farm located about 15 km south of Udipi and 3 km inland from the south Karnataka coast.  Three years ago (2007) we began the process of revitalizing the farm and transitioning it to a more sustainable and productive model.  The first year we focused on broadscale water harvesting by creating two catchment ponds (one higher up and one mid farm), and putting in some gulley plugs to slow down the water flow through the site.  The same year we also installed a greywater system on the main outside water tap (used for dish and clothes washing).  This past year we installed two more greywater systems (one for an indoor sink, another on the bathhouse which feeds a small nursery), prepared holes for a small multi-species cashew orchard (to be planted during the monsoon) and some cacao plants in the existing coconut/pepper orchard, experimented with building a solar dryer (lack of appropriate tools and materials allowed for many lessons), built a small poly-house, and started linking banana clumps in the banana orchard with bunding (creating central mulch pits) that were planted with pineapple, sweet potato and papaya.  This past year a bio-digester (gas will be for kitchen) was installed, we designed and converted the cow barn into guest housing, enlarged the main catchment pond, began the creation of a jungle garden (know as a food forest in the west), and continued bunding and planting banana circles.  Every year we host hands-on work weeks and trainings for Indians and foreigners.  While on site we live in the old traditional family home and eat delicious local food prepared by amma.

This farm is listed with WOOF or you can contact vasu directly to visit and volunteer.


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