Organic agriculture is not just a source of safer, healthier, tastier food. It is an answer to rural poverty. Organic agriculture is not just a method of farming. It is saving the earth and farmer’s lives.
~ excerpt from Dr. Vandana Shiva’s website
SHRI is partnering with Dharmalaya Institute for Compassionate Living in the development of a community organic farm in Bir. The farm will model the transition from chemical agriculture to organic agriculture and the resulting increase in health and economic sustainability. The farm will also serve as the setting for SHRI’s Community Health, Educational Outreach Program, which will educate our community on the main causes of disease and their prevention. This public health program will benefit our local Tibetan monastic and rural Indian communities. Besides providing free training to local farmers in organic agriculture, we also plan to provide educational materials and programs on the following topics: the dangers of chemical poisoning from pesticides and herbicides, chemical based household cleaning products and burning plastic; the foundations of health: diet, behavior, exercise and environment; the benefits of natural farming and animal husbandry; the dangers of careless and excessive allopathic medical treatment.
Navdanya will also support this project by providing consulting and training in organic agriculture and seed saving. This project is just beginning to take shape. We are working to have everything in place to begin planting in the spring of 2014.
Read a blog article about our First Farm Day, held on January 4th, 2014.
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