Hi everyone! This is FSL-India’s SAP-K team with some updates. Actually, now it is summer time here in India, which means a very dry season, high temperature, no water at all in the surrounding villages and it’s a struggle for the plants to grow.
This is the reason why the SAP-K team’s work is based on the maintenance of plants by removing the unwanted weeds which suck the water and nutrients meant for the desired plant. The plants are watered manually since there is no rain and the temperature is very high. Loads of mulching is done, which means covering the basin of the plants with a thick layer of dry leaves in order to keep as much humidity as possible and retain humidity in the roots of the plants.
However, this is not the only thing the team has done these past few months. Only in this month of May, there have been two big successes, i.e. banana cultivation and compost harvesting.
Banana cultivation is something very interesting, in the sense of the watering system. The team set up some pipes connected to the exit of wastewater from the kitchen. Through this method, wastewater is eliminated, since it means that all the water is being reused by the banana plants and some vegetable plants, which are also growing. This is a clear example of how the sustainability levels are being raised in the Centre for Experiential Living, Kundapur.
Apart from that, the team also harvested 400 kg of vermicompost this month, from their own tank. This also means sustainability in the sense of food waste. From now on, there is no actual food waste at the Centre, since whatever is not eaten by the chickens and goat, will be used for the compost tank, where the worms will eat the decomposed organic materials poured into it and convert it into powerful organic vermicompost.
The team has also been working on new beds for the vegetable plants, maintenance of the kitchen garden, arecanut plants, fruit plants, garden, pineapple, and jasmine.
The rains are coming soon, when the team will start with more plantations, not only at the Centre, but also in the community through the initiative ‘Trees for India’. This has already been mentioned on the blog and Facebook page, but you will hear more about it very soon.
Thanks for reading!