While Summer might be hot and uncomfortable for many, it is actually an exciting time for the Collective. This is because it precludes Monsoons.
What that means is, the busiest and the most abundant time of the year are just around the corner. We have to get so many things ready for planting during the Monsoon. If we miss this cycle, we would have to wait all the way to the next Monsoon.
Part of that process is preparing 15 - 20,000 different saplings across 67 species in our nursery! This is not the entire plantation, but only that planned for the next year. This will include the Resperian buffer, nature zone, bio fencing etc.
Growing, planting and maintaining plants to maturity at this scale is a mammoth task without doubt.
It is amazing that responsible living turns up almost no garbage at all. This is to say - If you consume responsibly, reuse and recycle, almost nothing goes to waste
To be effective, waste management needs an integrated approach. The hierarchy flows from Prevent, Minimise, Reuse, Recycle, Efficient Use of Energy to Disposal, with this being the least favored option.
At our Collectives, we have been very conscious of our scale of operations and therefore of our responsibility in this direction.
Providing for composting was one of the first builds at Poomaale Collective. A farmer would tell you - Compost thriving with Earthworms is Black Gold.
Kitchen scraps, twigs, leaves, hay everything goes into compost and comes out as manure in a matter of weeks.
Agriculture waste of course can be much more including waste from poultry, livestock, harvest waste, stubble, driftwood etc. We also have to be conscious about packaging and storage material that is not all-natural or biodegradable yet. In addition to being sensitive to waste creation itself, we are exploring ways to circle back resources as much as possible.
There has been some exciting buzz in this area in the recent times. Using Agri waste as construction material for example, seemed like quite an innovative way to circle discard back into the landscape. While this would reduce cost of construction to some extent, it also keeps waste out of landfill.
More is sure to come and we will keep our eyes and ears open!
Looking at the The Super Market Dilemma on the World Health Day
Consider for a moment where your Produce, Meat, Dairy and Water come from.
Do you know the source? What went into bringing an exotic fruit from a far away country to your doorstep? Are the shiniest fruits, greens and grains the healthiest too?
These questions are important for our health and that of our children and they need to be answered now.
These are also the questions that led to the creation of Beforest.
We are working towards growing food naturally at our Collectives. With good soil health and forest cover come ample water and clean air. Basically Healthy Soil, Healthy Planet, Healthy Food and a Healthy World. We are not just cultivating food - we are cultivating Health and Wholesome living
Let's take it one step at a time. Slowly, but surely change will come.
At a recently concluded Webinar, we were asked this important question
"Given that it rains a lot in Coorg, what unique characteristics do we need to imbibe in our construction"
Here's what Sharath and Anurag of Biome Environmental Solutions had to say:
"In terms of design, we build a high Plinth and a large Overhang. Wherever possible, we also include semi-open spaces.
This works in two ways - the main living area is protected and the residents have a wonderful space to sit out and enjoy the rainfall"
Blyton Bungalow at Poomaale is nearly ready. Summers and Rains are sure to look their best from the heart of the estate
There were a good number of questions asked and discussed over the course of the Webinar.
We will cover share some of their here..
Stay tuned 🙂
You can also take a look at our previous webinars with Biome and Eco-friendly construction at our Collectives on our Social Media Channels. Link In Bio
We are filled with Gratitude as we step into the new year with our community by our side. We thank each one of you for your support.
We think of ourselves as custodians of the landscape and the natural resources. This is a loan from the future and that mindset changes the approach completely because we don't think of this land and Nature as ours to exploit - rather as something to safeguard, grow and return back.
Over the last 4 years, we’ve had the opportunity to work on two distinctly different landscapes at our Collectives in Coorg and Hyderabad. One with high rainfall and existing commercial plantations and one with very little rain.
We’ve not only learned to successfully work with the land and extreme weather, but also the local communities. With a burning passion, we are turning these vastly different landscapes into havens of Ecological richness.
We are now bringing all our experiences and expert partners along with us to Mumbai, so you can experience the Maximum Life near the Maximum City.
Here’s your chance to be part of the Seed community - the pioneers who will lead this movement with Beforest!
We will be in Mumbai from 1st to 8th April, 2022
Call us on 89779 45350 to book an appointment and meet us Virtually or in Person
What’s our Permaculture team up to these days you may wonder? Well, we are busy preparing our own Vermi Compost!
An ideal mix for a good compost is equal portions of Nitroger and Carbon, i.e Peels, Seeds, Vegetable discards and dry matter like leaves and twigs.
In our case however, we are using a concoction of dry leaves, Cow Dung and a handful of worms in large bags of 12 feet X 4 feet. This process is carried out in a sheltered area to keep the compost safe from harsh sun or rains. The mix needs to be turned regularly, watching to make sure it is neither too dry, nor too moist. Of course, a spray of water or some additional leaf litter can always remedy either of these situations.
Over a period of 90 days, 1 bag of such a preparation should give us half a bag of Vermicompost and some nutritious liquid residue. Both these can work wonders for our plants, especially our recent experiments with the veggie patches.
Fresh water makes up less than 3% of all the water on Earth, so literally every drop counts!
At Beforest Collectives, we are approaching the issue of Water Conservation from all angles possible.
By improving soil health, building check dams and swales we are creating a situation for the entire landscape to absorb more water each monsoon. By following conscious methods, we are reducing the consumption of water which is normally very high in the case of farming and processing. We are also creating water - conscious infrastructure with the help of our Architecture partners Biome Environmental solutions.
As individuals and as a Community, it is imperative that we do all we can to conserve this life giving resource for us and our future generations. Every small action matters..
Keta Kant, Permaculture expert at Beforest is a key member of the team.
With a foundation in institutions like Centre For Learning and Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, she is spearheading our efforts in designing our landscapes towards the end goal.
We invited Keta to contribute her thoughts to the Women’s Special Edition of The Barking Deer - Newsletter this month.
Catch her article ‘Ecosystem – Centric Design’ as she shares her fascination for Ecological Design and its orientation towards the needs of the landscape and its inhabitants.
In addition to their roles as Wives, Mothers and Daughters-in-law, women play an important role in Indian agriculture. Almost 80% of the farm work In India is undertaken by women but ironically, with very little empowerment.
What are the steps the Government and local authorities can take to change this and enable women to achieve their potential in this ‘field’?
Subscribe and read the Women’s Day Special Newsletter to know our thoughts
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Over a 100 families have exhibited faith in our vision and joined Beforest Collectives as Members.
This is a talent pool of immense potential.
Each interaction throws up new ideas and possibilities. Ranging from Outdoor activities, to the creation of a Foundation for social causes and Webinars on varied topics form our Experts and our Members - the opportunity is immense.
And we are charged to get this going!
Read our March Women’s Special Newsletter to know more
Subscribe now, to stay posted on our journeys
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Aesthetic & Conscious Design integrated with Waste & Water Management Solutions, molded to the needs of the landscape and People - Earth Homes are a vital component of our vision for a Sustainable Collective.
Meet the team of Biome Environmental Solutions, our renowned Design and Architecture partners this Sunday 20th March to see why we are so excited about this leg of our journey
What are Earth Homes? Can Sensible Design be Beautiful? What does it take to build an Earth home? - Join us to engage in a live conversation to uncover many such questions and insights in conversation with Sharath Nayak and Anurag Tamhankar
The earliest civilizations on Earth were established on the banks of great rivers. Clean flowing water and fertile soil helped humans thrive like never before.
Transportation, drinking water, food, electricity - a River could offer it all! And it still can.
Of course today, it seems impossible to see past our high rises and busy lives, where our garbage and our chemicals are ending up, and ultimately who will pay the price for it.
Believe it or not, our actions are leading this seemingly endless resource to gradually shut down and as a race, we are being too short-sighted to see the implications of this loss.
At Beforest, we realised early on, that in a landscape - first we plant water - the single most important element for life. Once we get that right, the landscape is wide open for creativity. We started our efforts above and beneath the surface of the soil. Forest cover, planting drives, check dams are all efforts in this direction.
It is very convenient to imagine we are far removed from the problem. In the end, all of us are dependent on the same resources. The only way ahead is to follow Fair Share and Earth Care.
As citizens of the earth, it is our responsibility to take care of the land and of the rivers for us and our future generations. You can easily donate, join a cause, take a stand and bring small changes in your actions each day. Even small steps of a billion people amount to an impactful outcome.
Today, we urge you to pause and take a moment to see how you can make a difference too
Bewild is Proud to be part of the AINU Kidney Run this Sunday 13th March
@ Hitex Exhibition Centre, Hyderabad
The event has been organised by The Asian Institute of Nephrology and Urology (AINU), Hyderabad on the occasion of World Kidney Day, to raise awareness on Kidney health. If you are participating or cheering, do stop by at Bewild and enjoy a delicious cool-off drink, just right for a hot morning!