May 9, 2008

Media contact: Kim Lawrence
or 1-888-504-7441, local 4611
cell: 604-302-6257

Demonstration garden in India encourages sustainable agriculture

Half 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.

Contact Information

Patrick Harrison

Chair of the Centre for Sustainability

1-888-504-7441 ext. 4348

Abbotsford A Building Room 317


Mailing Address

Patrick Harrison

Chair of the Centre for Sustainability

University of the Fraser Valley

33844 King Road

Abbotsford, British Columbia

V2S 7M8

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