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 →

IMO, Sol de Minca

Sol de Minca is a part of a very interesting forest system. Although it is located on a mountain, it is hardly 30 minutes away from the caribbean sea. This puts this forest in between the dry and wet tropical climate, a zone of transition and a hot spot for diversity. The soil is mostly... Continue Reading →

Green manure / Seed saving

To maintain the fertility/ nutrients in the soil, addition of compost is a common method. While composting speeds up the natural cycle of transforming energy and returning it to the soil, it can be very labour intensive to shift the compost to different areas, specially on a mountain. Also, if the land area is big, it will... Continue Reading →

SOIL / building a relationship

When we use the energy in the soil to make food for ourselves, we borrow a part of the soil. We can only have a good relationship with the soil if we return what we take. Nature is always productive. Nature gives without conditions. We need to learn to love and respect. It takes some... Continue Reading →

SOIL / dwellings

Every mobile living being always looks for a shelter. A shelter that protects it from the harsh forces of nature, from predators, and provides a safe place to breed and take care of the young. To move from a nomadic culture to an agricultural community, man must have felt the need for stronger, longer lasting,... Continue Reading →

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