The model farm is developing fast in a 2.5 acre land in Maviddapuram situated in Valikamam North. Crop diversification is practiced, with a mix of horticultural and vegetable crops. The farm also has a dairy unit, a flock of goats, poultry and a mushroom production facility.
We see the following as the underlying features of the model farm:
- Minimum water use (to protect the water resource and the land).
- Crop diversification (to reduce water consumption and increase profitability).
- Zero use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and weedicides.
The farm is professionally managed by a capable team of passionate people.
It is important to emphasise that the model farm we are developing is not a 'hobby farm' nor a 'one off' commercial enterprise.We see it as an integral part of a social movement with solid long-term objectives.
Important stakeholders have started approaching us for different purposes. This includes administrators, agriculture specialists, farmers, major supermarkets, social workers and the media. This interest is a clear recognition of the uniqueness of this Model Farm, its purpose, progress and the confidence people have on it.