The Mumbai Collective
100 Acres. 65 Members.
A Farming Collective
The Mumbai Collective, set on a 100 acre forest is located at the foot of Sahyadris, just 85 kms from Mumbai. With abundant rainfall and undulating landscapes, it offers a unique opportunity to explore a move towards farm life near the city.
Just like other BeForest collectives, our vision is to create abundance through a food forest that’s resilient; and a community that lives a sustainable lifestyle which can even be passed on as a legacy.
We invite you to join us and be a part of this unique opportunity to be a part of the Seed Community.
A forest is a three dimensional resilient ecosystem, with life extending in all directions. Unlike monocropping, that can be detrimental to the soil, ecosystem, and even our health,
A food forest ensures there is an enriching circle of life. Our aim is to create an ecosystem that mimics the forest and grows indigenous edible plants. Over a very short period of time, the forest ecosystem is self-sufficient with enhanced soil and air quality and abundant water all year round.
The yield of a system that mimics nature, while less predictable initially, rewards us with a resilience that is not possible with conventional farming methods.
Thinking beyond layouts
Unlike a ‘real estate’ company, BeForest does not start with a ‘layout plan’. We understand it takes a lot more to build a robust, resilient, self-sufficient landscape. This is why, for each collective, we hire foremost experts and conduct an in-depth study of the landscape, ecology, hydrology and biodiversity. Armed with this knowledge, we then plan all the essential elements like nursery, estate manager house, office, residences, vegetable gardens, wildlife zones, check dams, drainages etc
This is the first time this approach is being used this extensively over such a landscape in our country.
You can read more about our approach to landscape planning here
We believe in using what each site has to offer. With that in mind, all the structures in the property will be built using rammed earth / adobe brick / laterite block techniques / granite etc. This enables us to build these structures from the soil found at the site itself. Not only does it have aesthetic appeal, but also has a high thermal mass. This ensures that it’s cool in summers and warm in winters on the inside. From the outside, it seamlessly merges with the landscape. In addition, we take extreme care in the design to achieve a 5-10 degree Celsius difference from the outside.
The smallest home we propose, is a simple 573 sq. ft plinth area structure that would have a bedroom, a living space, a bathroom and a dining area. In addition to this, each home would also have a small front yard and back yard for your experiments at a small scale. Larger options are also possible of course, but they would be catered to on a case to case basis.
Other specs include:
– Flooring with traditional red oxide, tandoor stone or wooden flooring.
– Cold and hot water showers and wash areas.
– No or minimum paint on the woodwork and tiles.
– Mechanism to provide a water secure environment up to 150 litres per person per day.
To reduce our requirement of precious natural resources, we are constantly looking to optimize our power and water needs. Simultaneously, we also use methods to recycle grey water that can be used in irrigation, bathroom flushes, etc, along with incorporating natural waste treatment methods using reed beds etc.
We will also be undertaking complete black water recycling using the latest methods and keep plastic usage to a bare minimum by depending on natural materials for storage.