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For over a year now we have been a zero waste forest garden.
It means that we have not contributed any of our waste to the landfill or a dumpyard. We have also not burnt, polluted the rivers or buried our waste.
This is true not just of our home and the volunteers village but also of the entire operations of Tieedi, including our popular dwellings that host travellers all year round.
All biodegradables are composted and all recyclable plastic waste is getting recycled and the non recyclable plastic waste is getting upcycled into Plastic Eco Bricks (#tieediplasticecobricks).
To be honest, it's not been easy. Our creative faculties are challenged constantly as we try to sort, segregate, recycle and upcycle all our waste. But...it's been tremendously gratifying to know that we have not contributed an iota of waste into a dysfunctional system.
We decided to up the ante this month by participating in the #PlasticFreeJuly movement. Go ahead and click on the above hashtag to know more about this movement and connect to the stories of thousands of eco-warriors who have taken up this challenge.
We know, you might already be thinking. What! How can we manage a month without plastic!? We too were apprehensive about it at first but as a team we promised to each other that we will persevere and give it our best shot. We will keep sharing our adventure (and misadventure) with this challenge in our stories and posts. Keep watching this space for more updates as Tieedi goes plastic free this month. :) ... See more
'What is a forest garden?
How is it different than a farm?'
Our patrons who visit us, often ask us this question.
'Why don't you cut down the trees and open up your space if you want to grow food?'
Our good local farmers friends often nudge us with this suggestion. Even more so when they look at us fervently working on optimizing every open nook and corner, to see if we have a growing opportunity there.
We smile, we shrug and knowing that it's a tad impossible to explain our permaculture journey to everyone right now, we just say, 'Oh we are just trying to do it differently...'
But deep inside there is a vision of a place that is abundant with real and slow food. A place that respects the elements of nature and its interconnections. A food forest where everything gardens. A forest garden.
In this quest, one of the first things that we did (apart from freeing the earth from the clutches of enormous plastic waste) was to plant. To plant native trees, flowering trees, climbing trees, running trees and yessss fruiting trees!
We envision you coming to our forest garden one day and going back sated with wild food that is loaded with micronutrients.
We envision a place that starts rewilding you right from the moment you step inside the threshold of its bamboo gate.
For now, we will live with a less harvest of annuals as we encourage our perennials to shoot up and rise. To rise unshackled and uninhibited. And as we witness its glorious journey from a seed to a sapling to a good looking young tree to finally a mature sentinel of the forest garden, we take joy in moments like these when it decides to procreate and starts showering us with fruits that bear its own desire to leave behind its offsprings that will continue to contribute to the symbiotic relationship that exists in a forest garden.
In pic : Our very first passion fruit that has popped out from a sapling that we had planted two years ago. Our joy when we witnessed this was...well let's just say that in our excitement we surprised the poor birds up in the trees. :)
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'Monsoons are here. Time to take out the umbrellas' says our forest floor. :)
Do you know that popping up of mushrooms in a forest is a sign of a healthy forest floor?
The mushrooms pop as the fruiting body of the fungi. An act of reproduction.
The fungi play an important role in creating a symbiotic relationship with other species in the forest. They even interconnect the species through their intricate web of network that sometimes spread for kilometers underneath our feet. The first www is not what makes you read this post but a truly fascinating world of a Wood Wide Web (Google to know more about it).
They store an immense amount of carbon in themselves and perhaps the answer to fight the climate change and global burning lies right underneath our feet.
Next time you spot a mushroom on a forest floor, pause for a bit and take a moment to appreciate this incredible species to which we owe our lives and perhaps even our future.
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A wonderful congregation of over 200 boisterous teenagers, inspiring and imminent speakers from all walks of life and a superbly organized event by IGenPlus.
We were there too...representing Mother Earth. ... See more
Ecological crisis is reality. Are we taking it seriously enough?.
Read our latest blog based on the lecture by Utsow Pradhan on 'Overcoming the environmental crisis', here: https://igenplus.com/environment/.
Creative credits: Utsow Pradhan ... See more
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