Turning 90 Acres Of Waste Land Into A Food Forest With A Bank Of Traditional Seeds… – Eco Snippets

Turning 90 Acres Of Waste Land Into A Food Forest With A Bank Of Traditional Seeds…

Turning 90 Acres Of Waste Land Into A Food Forest With A Bank Of Traditional Seeds...

In 1988, Sabarmatee and her father Radhamohan bought an acre of degraded land in Nayagarh district of Odisha. They wanted to set up an experiment to see if they could grow a forest using organic techniques. Organic farming was not widespread in India at that time, therefore they had to rely on trial and error.

But over time their efforts succeeded and after nearly three decades their one acre has grown into 90 acres and with a lush forest cover. In 1989 the duo registered a NGO called Sambhav, which would work on organic farming and ecological conservation.

Within their forest is also a 2.5 acre plot which is used for seed preservation. Over the years they have managed to collect, grow and preserve nearly 800 varieties of traditional seeds. More than half of these seeds are of paddy that can grow under different climatic systems and under different stress levels. Some of their seed can tolerate water logging and heavy rain while the other varieties can tolerate drought. There are also certain varieties that are highly nutritious.

Sabarmatee’s efforts have built up an important repository of seeds that can help alleviate the effects of climate change. When Odisha was hit by cyclonic storms in 2013 and 2014, 34 varieties of rice managed to withstand the damage. Check it out below…

If you like this idea, be sure to share it with your friends and inspire someone you know. Anything becomes possible with just a little inspiration…

New: Click Here To Learn About The Medicinal Plants That Are Hiding In Your Own Backyard Right Now...


Gardening & Self Sufficiency Lifestyle Tips!

Join over 220,000 people that get our organic gardening & self sufficiency lifestyle tips via email. Simply enter your name and best email address below and click the "Get Instant Access" Button now...

Leave a Comment:

Leave a Comment: