Small Scale Farmers Cool the Planet

When people visit us on the farm, they always ask us- do we make enough money from this? is this really profitable? our answer is- you dont have to look up to us to decide if organic farming is profitable. maybe some farmers are better businessmen than others. and maybe you ll make better profits... Continue Reading →


  The starting materials used to build a compost pile determine the nature of the finished compost. If the starters were mostly bacterial food, the compost will be bacterial dominated, while fungal dominated compost would need lot of fungal food as the starting material.  If the starting material is not very diverse and rich in... Continue Reading →


Compost is organic matter in which a certain sets of microorganisms have grown aerobically and in the process have released metabolic heat and metabolic products, which are useful to plants and maintain the microbial life in the soil. By application of compost, we inoculate the soil with a diversity of microorganisms and create a healthy... Continue Reading →

The living soil

There are several techniques and methods of making compost for soil amendment. The following information is based on the research conducted by soil microbiologist Dr. Elaine Ingham, which was shared with us by Spero Latchis who has been farming in Bir, and implementing Dr. Elaine’s ideas, while improvising based on his own research and observations.... Continue Reading →

Shunya Farm

Our new home and work in Bir in the Kangra valley of the Western Himalayas.Its been a joy to see the farm grow and transform over the spring. Our work with the soil on the land rewards us every week with food for 10-15 people in Bir and of course ourselves. Now preparing for an... Continue Reading →

Seeding diversity

One of the most fascinating things someone who owns a garden, tends to a plant or a tree, will recognize and appreciate is the power of a seed. Nature has codified the entire information of existence and beauty in a tiny capsule. This capsule germinates and matures to a whole plant in presence of the... Continue Reading →


Riohacha, the capital of the Carribean desert of Colombia, is an aspiring city slowly breaking through the shackles of a small town. Founded around 500 years ago, Riohacha has been the gateway to Colombia from the north and is house to the indigenous Wayyu community which also spreads to parts of Venezuela. The city was prone... Continue Reading →

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