“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”
Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution
Located in the midst of an apple and cherry orchard, which spreads over one acre of land, the Shilaroo Project seeks to revive the land depleted partly due to the use of pesticides and partly due to neglect. This was one of the bigger challenges for us since our knowledge of healthy agricultural practices was very thin. So we got going by consulting experienced local farmers, realizing very soon that most farmers were using chemical pesticides, which was completely discordant with our ethics. The next stop was organic farming and the first step towards that was making a compost pit. We composted goat manure and dried leaves and also began using Vermicompost- compost made by breaking down of organic material using earthworms.But even as we were into the second year of organic farming, the Horticulture University in Solan, Himachal Pradesh announced a workshop by the revolutionary agricultural activist Subhash Palekar.