”Give me spots on my apples but leave me the birds and the bees”- Joni Mitchell
Located in the midst of an apple and cherry orchard, which spreads just over an 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 biggest challenges for us since our knowledge of correct and regenerative agricultural practices was very sparse. We started out by consulting experienced local farmers to understand the locally adopted practices and what works. We realized very soon that most farmers were using chemicals and growing one kind of produce, relying heavily on apples. These were methodologies we knew and understood which we wanted to shift from our farm.