Our Food Forest
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. 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 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: 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:
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.
Our many food forests farms are spread over 400 acres, located on the foothills of Amarkantak and around Narmada river.
Sheetal Van (शीतल वन)