Our Food Forests

We have multiple food forests, each having a different nature of its own (See Aranya, Vanya, Madhu-van, Sheetal-van, and other food forests below) .

It takes us more than 7 years to create a natural farm ecosystem. In our many Food forests, we have around 175 types of big and small flora, that gives even more products. To see a list of various trees and plants and their properties, please see Our Ecosystem.

Trees, flower plants, legumes , and vettiver- all come together to provide a good and abundant food place for honey bees, birds, hens and cows. Thus form our regenerative, self sustainable and closed loop food forests.

The typical layers are as follows:

  • First (topmost) Layer: Large Trees like Neem, Morninga, Subabul, Gooler, Teak, Mango, Mahua, Indian Gooseberry, Chakrota (pomelo), Kadamba, Mulberry, Giloy, etc
  • Second Layer: Papaya, Lemon, Sweet Lime, Custard Apple, Cheeku/Sapota, Guavas, and many such trees
  • Third Layer: Toor (arhar dal), Urad, Mustard, Suran, Millets like Kodu/kutku/sama
  • Fourth Layer: Ginger, Turmeric and similar structure plants, medicinal herbs, and other vegetables like Cherry tomatoes, Okra, Brinjals etc.
  • Fifth Layer: Vettiver, Alfaalfa, Lemongrass, Aloe vera, Safed Musli
  • Sixth Layer: Free roaming Poultry
  • Seventh Layer: Goats and Cows
  • Eight  Layer: Honey bees: Pristine Mono floral Honeys available: Mango honey, Moringa Honey, Neem Honey, and many other varieties
  • Isolated Ninth Layer: Silkworms and similar insects
  • Isolated Tenth Layer: Water based Kamal Kadki, Fishes

A view of our food forests is below:

Aranyaa (अरण्या)

Called Aranyaa due to its dense teak and forest like terrain, it is our main forest farm spread over 150 acres, and located in Sohagpur, Hoshangabad district. It has a guest house for our visitors, and tiger reserve next to it.

 

Vanya (वान्या)
Vanya is located in Khalghat, at the bank of Narmada, in Khargone district. It is an inspirational food forest, lush with large Neem trees, Moringa, and Giloys loaded on Neem trees. It has world’s best Turmeric, papaya, and Giloy, apart from many other products.
Please see the video:  Vanya Organic on Youtube
Madhuvan (मधुवन)
Named Madhuvan due to the Honey bees favorite area, these are our multiple food forests spread over 500 acres, located around Umaria, better known for the Bandhavgarh National Park.
Amar Van (अमर वन)
These are our many food forests farms spread over 400 acres, located in the foothills of Amarkantak and around Narmada river.
The area was once the main source of heavenly medicinal plants, but now most of it is lost in the destruction humans have caused to nature.
We have started setting up these food forests, and one day we hope to get to revive the medicinal plants in our forests there.
Sheetal Van (शीतल वन)
Located in Amarwara in southern MP, these are huge 300 acres farmland we are converting to food forests. These are a good source of pristine Sweet Potatoes, Millets, and Papayas.
In addition, we are also guiding village communities around our farms, and with many large land owners, to develop food forests that qualify for our consumption basket.