Outreach and Farmer extension is a core objective of the Association. Our Association was formed to spread awareness and for the adoption of the practice of biodynamics amonst progressive farmer. Our extension and outreach are carried out in partnership with our Institutional Members who drive the outreach programs.  

Farmer Extension Services  

 

Youth in the Farmer Sector

School of Biodynamic Farming

  • Inba Seva Sangam, Vinobajipuram, Karur, Tamil Nadu
  • Email Link.

The global challenges of healing the damages done to our Mother Earth is very serious, and needs a lot of young trained youngsters to participate in the Land Healing work.

The India BD farming school initiative is one such step in this direction.

The goal is to have 1,000 youth trained in Biodynamic, organic farming and good land management practices, working at the field level in every district. Model Curriculum prepared for rest of India.

Read Infosheet, Model Curriculum and Annual Report-ISS here.

 
Working with Marginalised Farmers

Institute for Integrated Rural Development

  • Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, and West Bengal.
  • website
Biodynamic training workshops are implemented on a district, state, national and international level. 229 farmer groups have been provided training through Participatory Guarantee System which leads to organic certification of their produce. An organic bazaar is organized every Friday in Aurangabad to raise awareness among consumers, provide a market for the organic produce and encourage farmer-consumer interaction. 1200 environmentally conscious consumers participate in this bazaar.  

District Organic Promotion Centres (DOPC)

IIRD, has jointly established DOPCs in 4 districts of Marathwada – Jalna, Parbhani, Beed, and Hingoli.The role of District Organic Promotion Centres is to play a coordination role of the several organizations of the district involved in organic agriculture from both Government and Non-government sectors. The DOPCs aim to promote organic farming in their respective districts through trainings, identifying and mobilising the farmers, promoting the alternative marketing, and facilitating local guarantee and certification of organic products.

Organic Link is a nature-friendly outlet marketing organic and indigenous products which are eco-friendly, safe and healthy. Organic Link has been initiated with a vision to promote healthy food consumption and an organic lifestyle while empowering the small and marginal organic farmers.

 

Ecology and Sustainable Farming
 

Conservation Ecology

The Earth Trust

A Vision to creating viability & well-being in rural communities and landscape of the Nilgiri biosphere.

That there will be clear water flowing from the streams of Nilgiris without poison… that everyone will have their place; animals will have their place, and people will have their place.” I smile and tell her it sounds good. She says, “It is possible, you see, it’s possible.

An Integrated Programme is being carried out in Chengal Pudur, a Kurumba Tribal village at Droog in the Nilgiris.

  • Special Project to propagate plants in the endangered lists of trees, plants to ensure that the biodiversity of the Nilgiris stays intact and healthy. 

 

 

Our Plan of Action

  • Farming - Health of the soil – Our core strength and focus
  • Health of the people – Our innovative created for the village women and through them their families and communities
  • Health of the environment – Safeguarding the environment by sensitizing the future citizens of India, the school children of today, through Our Eco-clubs. These are being run in the middle-level, both Government and private schools
  • Income Generation Programme for village women – working towards their empowerment

 

 

Biodynamic Compost, Thambatty, Nilgiris

 

 

 

 

 
  

 

Large Scale Farmer Services

Mass Movement of Farmer Training

SARG VIKAS SAMITI

 SARG Vikas Samiti (SUPA Agricultural Research Group) has promoted Biodynamic system of Agriculture through mass movement of farmer training in compost making and BD prep use. In co-operation with the Agriculture department, farmers have accepted this simple and easy technology, which is cost effective to address the problem of plant nutrition and soil health. More than 5,00,000 biodynamic composts units till date

 

SARG in Maharashtra:

SARG and Biodynamic system of Agriculture is also an important factor of “Dhule Pattern” of organic agriculture system. The Movement of Biodynamic composting was started from Dhule and now it is spread in the whole state. Biodynamic composting is the major component of state guidelines of Department of Agriculture for Vidarbha package and work plan. Biodynamic composting is also considered in Jal Swaraj movement for the purpose of hygiene of the village and quality compost for the farmers.

Spotlight and Case Study
Araku Coffee debuts retail in Paris – The gastronomic capital of the world!

This story dates back to early 2000s where the Adivasis in Araku lived on the fringes of progress that modern India had guaranteed its citizens. They had no access to education or healthcare. With little or no farming skills they lived on what the forests gifted them! It was at this juncture that Naandi Foundation stepped in. An ‘inclusive household approach’ to development was followed in every sphere of Naandi’s activities. Apart from working with children (education & nutrition) and women (childbirth & infant mortality), Naandi started an agricultural project using natural resource management techniques to convert semi-wastelands into organic coffee plantations.

In 2008, a social enterprise named Araku Originals Limited was set up to market the world’s most uniquely grown & flavoured Arabica.
Niche coffee roasters from Japan, South Korea, Ireland, Switzerland, France bought Araku coffee at highest prices.

 

Araku’s flagship store in Paris was inaugurated on the 23rd February 2017.

Araku coffee is also being sold at La Grande Epicerie de Paris (owned by LVMH group), Publicis Drugstore and a few other high-end French concept stores.

It is available all over Europe through Araku’s e-store. Visit the Webstore.

 A new coffee culture – the Araku culture was brewing!

  • The Small & Marginal Tribal Farmers Mutually Aided Co-operative Society Limited in 2007.
  • Healthy coffee bean production and picking as directed coffee experts from Ireland, Japan, Korea and India.
  • Central Processing Unit which was set up to standardize the quality of the coffee being produced.
  • Transformation of the low-carbon landscape into a high-carbon bio-diverse landscape, improving food security & generating sustainable income for the community by planting 9 million fruit trees & coffee saplings.
  • Eco-sustainability and biodynamic agricultural practices to improve the quality of the coffee.

After B2B in Japan, South Korea, Switzerland, Ireland in the last few years, Araku coffee this year achieved a historic milestone with the opening of Araku flagship store in the famed neighbourhood of Marais in Paris. The Adivasis of the tribal area of Vizag, through this Araku brand are creating not only the world’s best coffee but proving that biodynamic & organic agriculture is the answer to sustainability and climate change.

To meet the demand for higher margins, a B2C (Business - to- Customer) model was adopted to retail Araku coffee in premium global markets.

   

Contact

BDAI Secretariat, 20, 2nd A cross, 16th C Main Rd, Koramangala 4th Block, Koramangala, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560034, India
+91 9448 067 088