We are very happy to let you know that the design phase of the collective has kicked off and the economic, mixed and nature zones have been identified. We are undertaking an elaborate stream bed registry exercise, the metrics will help us understand the water flow and harvesting capacity of the landscape. This will quantitatively help us choose the harvesting mechanism for different areas of the collective. The housing clusters in the economic zones will be marked in cluster 1 and 2, accounting for 40 homes. The approval process will begin, post this.
Earlier, in September we had planned to use the receding lake waters as a potential rice cultivation plot and this has worked brilliantly. We now have about 45 rice bags which will easily cater to the staff at the collective. We should be left with plenty of excess as well. A herb patch, mixed with pest repellent plants like marigold is also being experimented with.
We are now at a stage where the only things coming from outside the farm for the staff are onions, flour and spices. The rest, like veggies and grains are all grown within the farm. We are on our way to self-sufficiency.