Goal – Overall Proposal
We are creating an inspirational demonstration model eco-farm ‘Mother Earth is Our Home’, integrating the local tribal community in harmony with eco-systems, following eco and socially sensitive practices and creating sustainable livelihoods within the rural environment. The project has three phases in it’s creation. Phase One is complete (April – August 2009). Phase Two is to take place from September 2009 – February 2010. Phase Three begins in February 2010 and completes in April 2012 where the farm becomes self-supporting.
Our long-term vision is to create an oasis of abundance throughout the entire Tansa-river region, a protected agricultural zone, where communities and nature co-exist in harmony and all needs are met locally.
Overall Start-up Project April 2009 -April 2012
1. regenerate the barren land of the project into a fertile growing environment, through replenishing the soil and replanting trees.
Cost & timescale: £6,000. April 2009 – April 2010.
Means to be achieved: Fundraising activity by Karen; Composting and soil fertilisation using natural methods. Earth-works to create terraces for growing. Research networks and expertise; Create shelter and secure boundary. Engage the local community.
2. Introduce efficient water management practices for year round availability for sustainable farming. As a model demonstration to all India install solar power system.
Cost & timescale: £7,250. September 2009 – February 2010.
Means to be achieved: dig borewells, create dam and tank, research water catchment and irrigation techniques
3. educate children/local community in environmental management and provide training for farmers in year-round natural farming techniques;
Cost & timescale: £1,000 Ongoing. Annual.
Means to be achieved: work with local educational project Learning Space teaching nature principles and holistic livelihoods. Obtain trust of local community and run training workshops.
4. create career and job opportunities for sustainable livelihoods for all abilities in the countryside. Expand soil regeneration and water management programme from first two objectives into local community.
Cost & timescale: £12,000 per year (2 years). February 2010-April 2012.
Means to be achieved: work with local educational project Learning Space to recruit future managers, environmental experts, marketeers and labourers based on holistic principles. Work with local community and run ‘means’ programme to install water management techniques on own land (est. £2k per farm – recruit 5 farms per year).
5. access markets for clean organic food through a ‘Clean-Food-Co-operative’
Cost & timescale: £400. each year.
Means to be achieved: set up opportunities for local tribal community for year-round growing; create marketing co-operative and group organic certification.
annual running costs of farm £5,200 (April 2009 – April 2012).
Contingency – £5,000
Total project – over three year period (10 farms in programme plus eco-demonstration model self-sufficient): £59,300.
Monitoring and Evaluation
In order to monitor and evaluate the project we will keep records of how many local people we employ and how many local farmers visit the project. We will log how many training sessions we run, how many farms we fund in the vicinity. We will keep track of web-site hits and number of people viewing the pogress films; keep records of no’s of people on our list. We will look for anecdotal feedback from the community and the wider public. We will log how many social services we provide eg helping local illiterate farmers apply for government funding to help them out of debt and keep reports of our childrens education workshops… We will produce an annual report on our progress containing these indicators.