Kerala to go fully organic by 2016; Kasargod has already switched over


Copy-posting from http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/organic-farming-in-all-assembly-segments/article6747476.ece

[Kerala] To make State fully organic by 2016

The government has initiated efforts to promote organic farming in all Assembly constituencies.

Minister for Agriculture K.P. Mohanan said here on Thursday that the initiative was designed to encourage farmers to switch over to organic methods of cultivation, under a project to convert Kerala into a fully organic State by 2016. Kasaragod district had already switched over to organic farming in the pilot phase of the project.

Addressing a press conference after a meeting to review the performance of public sector undertakings, Mr. Mohanan said the agriculture sector in the State had registered a Gross State Domestic Product growth of 5.26 per cent over the last year. The production of paddy went up to 5.376 lakh tonnes though the acreage of 2.148 hectares showed little increase. The productivity of other crops such as coconut, cassava, mango, pineapple and other fruits and spices, including pepper, ginger, and turmeric, also registered an impressive growth. The domestic vegetable production had gone up to 11.9 metric tonnes.

The Minister said efforts were on to procure vegetables from farmers through Krishi Bhavans and market them through outlets of Horticorp and Vegetable and Fruit Promotion Council Keralam. Simultaneously, Kerala Agricultural University and the Agriculture Department were involved in a drive to promote processing of agricultural products under the “Safe to Eat” brand.

Vending machines

The government, he said, was planning to install vending machines in every panchayat to dispense neera, vegetable seeds and products manufactured by Kerafed. The project would be implemented by the departments of Agriculture and Panchayats. The daily production of neera was expected to go up to 20,000 litres by February with the commissioning of new plants by the Coconut Development Corporation at Aralam and Elathur and the KAU campuses at Vellanikara and Vellayani.

Mr. Mohanan said Kerala was expected to become self-sufficient in milk production in another three years. “By that time, we will have added 6,00,000 milch cows to the domestic bovine population, raising the milk production potential to 60 lakh litres.”

Officials from 20 public sector units participated in the review.

Zostal !!! The chain of backpacker’s hostel …


CHECK OUT THE INDIA’S FIRST EVER CHAIN OF BACKPACKER’S HOSTEL….

Zostel is India’s first chain of branded backpacker’s hostel. What? Sounds weird! a backpacker’s hostel! Read on Sires and Madams,and allow me to help you.

Zostel is not for you. I repeat, Zostel is not for the ‘Regular’ you. Zostel is only for that crazy traveller hidden inside you. It is an accommodation facility for your social self who wishes to meet new people and exchange travel stories. It is for your casual self who prefers a safe, hygienic, centrally located and affordable stay but at the same time want a relaxed and super friendly experience. It is for your playful self who feels that travel keeps them young at heart. It for your comradely self who believes that friends should have non stop fun while travelling in a group. It is for your dreamy self who dreams but never dared to step out for a solo trip before.

In short for your crazy travel freak self, Zostel whips up a perfect brew that will leave you wanting for more. So Why are you waiting? Bring out your crazy traveller avatar and experience Zostel, because more travel,more friends, more stories, more fun and more awesomeness.

check out more at — http://zostel.com/

The free store !!!


EVERYTHING COMES WITH A PRICE TAG ???

With total crises situation with environmental crises as well as economic crises very rarely voices of hopes are being heard. A system built by us which is no longer serving us, on the contrary damaging us to an extent that survival of our species is at stake, there are new experiments popping all over us with the intent to work in cooperation with mother nature instead of competition or take over, few of them are aimed at reinstating the faith into nature and its abundance. A feeling of trust in universe that there is abundance of everything on earth and scarcity lies only in human mind.

DARIYA DIL DUKAAN !!!  As it is commonly called is a experiment happening all over India with same intent among several communities.
 
THE FREE STORE  is another small experiment to channelize this vast abundance. 

 

About the store —-

We are The Free Store !!!

An initiative towards a more effective and need-based redistribution of resources.

We are modelled on the concept of the non-monetary Free Stores that have been working in the US and several countries in Europe.

We are NOT barter-based. We believe in people chipping in resources they have but don’t need and taking away what they require.

So you have that extra keyboard you don’t think you’re gonna require? Let’s put it up!
And you see something up on our table you think you need? You can have it. 🙂

It’s just a small realization – it’s not give-and-take; it’s sharing.

To know more  check out there facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/FreeStoreThane

Arthakranti – a socio-economic proposal for better India


The ArthaKranti proposal is a well researched Scientific approach designed to completely transform the current Indian socio-economic scenario. This approach will enable ‘Principled, Prosperous and Peaceful living’ for all citizens of our country.

Apart from strengthening the economy internally India will achieve the prominent position on global canvas. Such a position of strength will enable us to lead the world towards our long cherished philosophy ‘Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam’ or ‘The world as a family’!.

We are sure that the time for this proposal has arrived, keeping in mind the current state of affairs. Of course, the Government will need to be petitioned and pressurised through our elected representatives.

The need of the hour is for every like minded citizen to contribute in speeding the process through their active support.

To know more visit : http://arthakranti.org/

5 Epic Community Initatives From Around The World


Our world is changing rapidly, and some of the most exciting changes in the spaces in which we live together. There are some highly ambitious groups seeking to completely redefine how we live. This is extremely exciting because changing such a basic element of our society will have more far-reaching implications than most any other change.

Check out these awesome examples of community initiatives at – http://www.highexistence.com/5-epic-community-initatives-from-around-the-world/

The miracle of Hiware Bazar


“Ours was a simple village with happy families. But lack of water turned our fields barren,” remembers Laxman Pawar, 71, a farmer. “Out of desperation, people started to drink, gamble and fight. Liquor had ruined us. When the illicit dens were closed, we knew there was hope.”

One of the first things the sarpanch did was water conservation and management as it helped farming and brought in some money. He got the villagers to voluntarily help in rainwater harvesting. Soon, the villagers built 52 earthen bunds, two percolation tanks, 32 stone bunds and nine check dams. “We used state government funds. The volunteer labour programme cut costs and also ensured quality work. It was as if we were building it for ourselves and for our children,” he says.

From Rags to Riches

PER CAPITA INCOME

1995 – Rs 830

2012 – Rs 30,000

NUMBER OF WELLS

1995 – 90

2012 – 294

BPL FAMILIES

1995 – 168

2012 – 3

MILK PRODUCTION PER DAY1995 – 150 Ltrs

2012 – 4,000 Ltrs

The idea was to harvest every raindrop as it fell. Being in the rain-shadow region, Hiware Bazar received just about 15 inches of annual rain. Ponds and trenches stopped rainwater from flowing out of the village. After the first monsoon, the irrigation area increased from 20 hectares to 70 hectares. “In 2010, the village got 190 mm of rain, but we managed well because of water management,” says Habib Sayyed, who works on water issues in the village.

Water management helped them harvest multiple crops. Before 1995, there were 90 open wells with water at 80-125 feet. Today, there are 294 open wells with water at 15-40 feet. Other villages in Ahmednagar district have to drill nearly 200 feet to reach water.

via One village. 60 millionaires. The miracle of Hiware Bazar.

Resharing.org


Check out resharing.org : An initiative taken by some friends based in Mumbai, to pool in and share resources without getting money involved. A lot of good equipment, books etc on offer if you want to use for a short duration and then return it.

Some kinds of resources are often required only for a short duration of time (typically under a month) and thereafter could be made available for reuse by others again. Hence along with platforms like freecycle, there is a parallel need for a complementary platform, which Resharing.org aims to provide.

This platform catalogs the resources in circulation to enable access to that resource again in the future. It is similar to a library wherein the resources can be located by members within their locality. It will also provide additional search features, as well as a facility for registered users to be aware of pending requests.

Jadav Payeng Of Assam – The Man Who Grew His Own Forest



A little over 30 years ago, a teenager named Jadav “Molai” Payeng began burying seeds along a barren sandbar near his birthplace in northern India’s Assam region to grow a refuge for wildlife. Not long after, he decided to dedicate his life to this endeavor, so he moved to the site where he could work full-time creating a lush new forest ecosystem. Incredibly, the spot today hosts a sprawling 1,360 acre of jungle that Payeng planted single-handedly.

Read the full article here: Jadav Payeng Of Assam – The Man Who Grew His Own Forest | In search of Greener Pastures.

and here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=216605465149445&set=a.207233416086650.53652.206783812798277&type=1&ref=nf

Amanda Palmer: The art of asking



Gift culture at work in the music industry : How one artiste switched from making people pay for her music, to asking them to, while offering her work for free, and was more successful with the latter. And not just the payment aspect; she describes elements of gift culture all through her profession : couch surfing, crowd-sourcing resources when travelling and performing.

Amanda Palmer: The art of asking | Video on TED.com.

Gunter Pauli: The Blue Economy


Inspiring person: a serial entrepreneur who’s making business models that are more in tune with ecology, from which everyone can benefit. He converted 20 million hectares of deforested Savannah in South America back into forest, and in the process multiplied the land’s value 3000 times over in 25 years : a better investment than, say, investing in microsoft.

“Gunter Pauli has a dream. The Belgian economist and entrepreneur has a plan to develop 100 manufacturing innovations with viable business models that could generate 100 million jobs in 10 years. All with zero emissions and no waste.

He calls it “The Blue Economy” with innovations covering the full gamut of industrial activity, from energy to mining, from medicine to banking … all of it inspired by science and biometrics. And Pauli isn’t all talk … there’s plenty of action in the many startup-style projects around the globe funded by his organisation Zero Emissions Research and Initiative, which is now a global network.

Memorable achievements include recycling coffee waste for mushroom farming, making biodegradable detergent from discarded citrus peel, and the conversion of petrol stations into ‘charge stations’ for electric cars.”

via Gunter Pauli: The Blue Economy – Science and Technology – Browse – Big Ideas – ABC TV.

Check out a video/audio in the linked article, a 1 hr presentation where he shares most of his work.

6-day Held Space on Community Living, Conflict Transformation and Wellness, Panchgani, December 17th to 22nd, 2012


Contact Shammi Nanda, shammi_nanda (at) yahoo (dot) com

Shammi: Dear Friends,
We are pleased to inform you that we are organising a 6-day Held Space on Community Living, Conflict Transformation and Wellness at Redstone Farm, Panchgani from December 17th to 22nd, 2012. There we will live as a community while we try to walk along with our shared values and at the same time connect across our differences, while living the principles of wellness by working on healthy food and caring for the body.

We will be primarily looking at and learning about two approaches of conflict transformation, Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and Restorative Circles (RC).
Interested? Click here to read more!

Dhirendra – Smita : family living sustainably on 2.5 acres land near Vadodara, Gujarat


Two Thoreaus of Sakwa County (click to read the article)

Dhirendra and Smita were both PhD professors of engineering who traded in their classroom careers for a life of living naturally. In 1983, the couple bought and moved to a two and a half acres path of land in a small tribal village in Gujarat, India and built a new house and lifestyle. No electricity, no vehicles, no running water. Instead they would work on farms, eat fresh, pesticide-free produce, drink their own cow’s milk, and live with the rhythms of nature. Eventually they would find solutions for several community problems: digging wells, installing a bio-gas plant to utilize cow-dung for basic electricity, experimenting with a wind mill, and solar cooking. Their’s is a remarkable story of two people who, in a small corner of the world, are redefining what it means to live consciously, one day at a time.

Today, they are a family of five producing over 200 kilograms of crop annually: oilseeds, pulses, spice and over 50 varieties of fruits and vegetables, all grown with organic manure. "Each month we have different fruits and vegetables," Dhirendra proudly smiles, as he gives us a tour of their farm. Walking through the two and a half acres, you can spot everything from mangoes, papayas, lemongrass, cucumbers, potatoes, sweet tamarind, eggplant, to vanilla right here in their own backyard.

What about money and other expenses? "Our yearly budget averages to about 12,000 rupees (less than $300)," says Smita, "that comes from selling a sweet-sour cold drink powder made from a plant in our farm, some Ayurvedic medicine, and hand-made organic soap from a Neem plant." That budget is not just for the two of them; it also includes their two adult sons and one daughter-in-law! More than half of their expenses go toward travel and books and the rest are used for clothes, shoes, some food items that they don’t grow, like salt or jaggery. To keep all the wheels moving, everyone averages about 4 hours of work daily.

Please click the link at top to read the whole article. Excerpts from www.movedbylove.org

Dariya Dil Dukkan – freecycling


Dariya Dil Dukkan – The shop of the open hearted happens in udaipur at Shikshantar.

Tiny Tech, Rajkot


Tiny Tech is a company based in Rajkot, Gujarat, India which is working for promoting tiny enterprises in various industrial fields, through human technology for rural development, local self reliance, poverty eradication, exploitation removal, employment and income generation by breaking company centered economy & promoting family centered economy all over the world.

One of their products: A water pumping windmill that draws 180 litres of water per minute from 40 ft depth at 10 m/s wind speed.

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Contact Details:
http://www.tinytechindia.com

TINYTECH PLANTS
Tagore Road, Rajkot – 360 002, Gujarat State, INDIA.
Phone : 91 – 281 – 2480166 Mobile : 91 – 92 27 60 62 64
Fax : 91 – 281 – 2467552 ,
E-mail : tinytech (at) tinytechindia.com

Posted on behalf of Manish Jain, Shikshantar

Alternative Currencies


Could there be a way of managing human affairs – at community and bigger levels – with an alternative to the current money system we have?

What if the economic system was run differently? Like interest-free banking or time banking, for example. Could we have multiple mediums of exchange rather than just money?

Can everything really have a price?

Let’s explore these frontiers here.

Alternative Living


Here we explore alternative ways of living. These would look at macro-level topics like alternatives to money, law and order, societal structures and the like.

It can also pertain to interpersonal relationships, individual perspectives on how the world works and how one can choose to live their life.