Pioneer Farms: Himalayan Farm
Blog Post by ELLIOT MERCIERThe Himalayan Farm Project is a 5.5 acres farm located up a little village called Dogaon, 20 km away from Haldwani in Uttarakhand, India.
The farm is far away from the road, completely isolated, peace prevails there. At the moment we are growing finger millet, beans, pidge, Ginger, pumpkins, spinach, turmeric, radish, potatoes, wheat, garlic, cauliflower, and we have 30 different fruit trees all over the property.We are engaged in an all-organic movement. We are working hard on developing effective compost, which is key to organic farming, and in understanding the land that we are working on (sun exposition, slopes, water movement…). To avoid using chemicals, we just spend time analysing how plants associate, which one is best grown with which one. We use natal as natural herbicide. We are developing a proper plan of cultures, as to rotate the crops accordingly. For instance, if you grow potatoes again on the same land, they will develop diseases. We respect our environment, and everything that is part of it, including ourselves. The farm is a Healing centre i.e. the process of healing the farm is the process of Healing ourselves.