Thursday, April 3, 2014

Introduction to Biodynamics for the Home Gardener

Workshop on April 12, 2014
Biodynamic agriculture is an advanced state of organic farming. In addition to replacing poisonous fertilizers and pesticides with composts and natural pest repellents, biodynamic farming uses lunar rhythms. All farm operations use a set of nine special preparations in homeopathic doses to nourish the soil and crops. In other words, it mimics the forest's natural ecosystem. Farmers can produce a superior quality of food in their farm or garden by utilizing the locally available natural resources.

This an introductory lecture for a series of hands on workshops. This lecture in not required to take the hands on course but it is strongly recommended. Participants will receive a free 2014 Farming Lunar Calendar.

 Sustainable Living Department,
Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield, Iowa
If you are interested
Register HERE

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Economic Prosperity and Nutritional Security in the North Eastern Hill Regions

Communities in the rural hill regions face a series of challenges in food and nutritional security. The geographical terrain and vagaries of weather coupled with inaccessibility are some of the major problems faced by the farmers. The modern high synthetic agro-input based farming systems are not the solutions for these fragile ecosystems. Farmers need to be empowered with low-cost sustainable solutions .They should be least dependant on external inputs. This should not make them vulnerable to produce more food or sacrifice their crops to possible pest attack. Farming communities need to be trained in a wide variety of technologies available to address these issues by utilizing the natural resources.

Farmers are the true scientists of agriculture who know  a lot about the crops, biodiversity and ecosystems.  Their traditional knowledge needs to be understood through the lens of science and appropriate technologies need to be developed. Innumerable success stories are published from different parts of the world; some are available on the web.

To address the issues of North Eastern Hill Regions The Arunachal University of Studies, Namsai, Arunachal Pradesh, India  is organizing an International Seminar on "Economic Prosperity & Nutritional Security in Northeastern Hill regions through Horticulture" with special reference to Arunachal Pradesh on February 3-4, 2014.