May 9, 2008
Media contact: Kim Lawrence
or 1-888-504-7441, local 4611
Demonstration garden in India encourages sustainable agricultureHalf a world away, a small garden is making a big difference in people’s lives.
Called Adarsh Seuj Prakalpa, the garden and associated resource centre is located on two acres of land in Digboi, close to the Assam/Burma border in northeast India.
It provides information and hands-on training in simple, low-cost practices including composting, crop rotation, and use of "teas" made from cow manure, leaves, seeds and roots of local plants. Used in combination with traditional agricultural practices, these techniques are helping local growers increase yields, improve soil fertility, and reduce use of hazardous pesticides and fertilizers.
Supported by Rotary Clubs from Assam and Canada, the Fertile Ground: East/West Sustainability Network, and Indian Oil Corporation Ltd., the project has been attracting the attention of farmers, tea growers, educators, and students since it opened its doors last year.
Peggy Carswell of Fertile Ground encourages the participation of women and children in sustainable agriculture.