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Our Food Forests

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Our Food Forests

We have multiple food forests across India associated with us, each having a different nature of its own. The above map shows our current work footprint.

It takes us more than 7 years to create a natural farm ecosystem. Many of our  Food Forests have around 175 types of big and small flora. Trees, flower plants, legumes, and vetiver- 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 in Central India 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: Vetiver, Alfaalfa, Lemongrass, Aloe vera, Safed Musli
  • Sixth Layer: Free roaming Poultry
  • Seventh Layer: 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
These change as we go into Lower Himalayas, Western Ghats and Arid areas. 

A view of our food forests is below:

Central India:

In MP: 40 different villages in 5 districts. Each project differently and more beautiful than the other.

We have classified them into 4 types based on the feeling one gets in these forests:

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 a tiger reserve next to it.



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)

Our many food forests farms are spread over 400 acres, located on 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 revive the medicinal plants again in our forests.


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.


North India:

Our collaborations are in multiple locations.
Srinagar (Uttarakhand), Vilĺage Thapla:

Entire set of mountains is calling for setting up a role model for Garhwal and kumaun. We have started with one patch.I realized the potential of high altitude food forests. The area once was the natural habitat of very diverse flowers and exotic herbs. More about the flora and products in another post.

The terrific views of snow clad mountains and Pauri below, from this farm, add to the beauty of food forest here. One wont get a better experience in upper himalayas than this project.

Kinnaur and Solan :

Beautiful sahjivan farm is our base and guide.

Apart from planning many products for Aranyaani from Sahijivan project, we also are planning how to restore mountains around.

Bithoor (Kanpur):
Ganges belt. Multiple small.guava orchards are the starting point. We are working with the farmers and UBA-IITK to change the orchards' economy and ecology.

First year of our work, will slowly convert to full ecology food forests.

South India:
Chandrapur: Another project 12 kms from city , in the midst of open mines.

In addition, we have received dedicated interest from many areas and have prima facie reached a comfort level with long term goals in some places. So these shall start sooner than later- Delhi, Imphal, Sikkim, Chandigarh ( Punjab may have many more Projects as word spreads) , Shimoga, Tanjavore.

Apart from it, from seeded areas, the word backed by the sight and action spreads to neighboring villages afar.

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