As we understand, the term “Organic” itself means hydrocarbon depositing farming. However, in common parlance, it has come to mean “within acceptable chemical limits”.
Hence, it is important to understand the following differences:
|Land Tilling and disruption/ destruction of Organic life below the soil.
Leads to high nitrogen content, micronutrients, and porosity of the soil
Mono-cropping destroys ecology, with no food for bees and other parts of the ecosystem round the year.
|Genetically Modified Seeds/Breeds
Change of flower sizes, pollens, etc. by sudden introduction of alien breeds leads to ecological destruction that has evolved over billions of years.
|Use of Boxed honeybees, and caged animals and birds, that are kept live on Antibiotics and heavy metals.
Scientifically speaking, our system is closed loop, regenerative and self-sustainable. It maximizes the use of sun energy, the re-generation of biomass, and deposition of carbon. We intend to create the full pyramid above and below soil. To achieve healthy and self-sustaining honey bees, we need flowering and moisture all the year round. To keep them disease free, and pest free, we need smaller flowers and herbs year round. Similarly, to keep soil porous, we need earthworms. In pursuing those goals, we ultimately create multi-layer food forests, that give pristine foods for humans.
All our food products are Organic, BUT most Organic products in the market are not forest foods. Organic systems are typically neither closed loop, nor regenerative and nor Self-sustainable. An Organic food is a short term solution to pesticide free food, but it still involves other harmful practices like Tilling the earth, Destruction of water channels and biomass, wastage (and destructive use) of sunlight and usage of Genetically modified species of plants. For example, a mono-crop orchard of G.M. Pomegranates can not sustain Honey Bees and Earthworms around it. An ecosystem needs flowers and leaves and roots of different sizes and shapes and a certain part active during each season. Absence of that leads to sub optimal fruits without the essence of nature. Yet Organic style is a few steps better than pesticide ridden foods, but does not come close to what the nature gifts when allowed to build itself fully.
The primary objective of Aranyaani ecosystem is to maximize the use of sunlight. In such dense plantations, each part of the earth is covered from sunlight, and has huge biomass and hence has a high density of life beneath. Such soils are extremely soft and porous, being continuously worked upon by residents below. In addition, they are full of important minerals and nitrogen, partly as we plant such trees and legumes as lowest layer, but mostly as the life cycle below the soil is rich -keeps growing and decomposing. As a result, rainwater does not flow as it does on chemical infested non porous soils, but goes down like a sponge, thus making it even better.
We grow flora and fauna in layers, maximizing the use of each square foot and sunlight and water resources.
- First (topmost) Layer: Large Trees like Neem, Morninga, Subabul, Gooler, Teak, Mango, Mahua, Indian Gooseberry, Grapefruit,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
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.