1. FAO project 2007-2008 for growing of aromatic plants like rosemary thyme
etc and distillation of oil.
2. Publishing of a handy book in Tamil on Natural/Organic Farming school
children. Eco-Eco-Club - Essence
A simple guide to Organic Agriculture for children in Tamil by A. Alexander
and J.K. Mohan, formerly Earth Trus
3. Chengal Pudur is a small hamlet in the Droog hills of the Nilgiris that the Earth Trust has been involved with for over a decade. Seventeen Kurumba tribal families call it home. We wrote to the Hans Foundation in New Delhi for financial aid in 2013 which was granted. At a total cost of Rs 12 lakhs, we have built a 1 –kilometre perimeter fence and gate, constructed 4 toilets, built a Medicine Production Unit for the women– around 450 sq ft, provided equipment to run it like trays, vessels, storage bins. We provided solar lights with small solar panels and smokeless chulas (stoves) for all dwellings, repaired roofs of all the houses partially by providing new corrugated zinc sheets to cover an area of 300 sq. feet each. We gave each family a 1000 litre rain water storage tank, three hens and a cock with a chicken coop to protect them from mongoose, eagles and wild cats , started a medicinal plant nursery, bought 4 cows, helped with a cane unit and sent two women to Poonthottam Ayurvedashram in Kalakadu Kerala, to get trained in a medicine making unit. After ET’s intervention, they now have electricity and running water. This one small paragraph describes a whole up-scaling of the quality of life and living for these 17 families.
Sudha the daughter-in-law of the village has passed 12th standard.
4. With financial support from The Hans Foundation Delhi, we have our second Resource Farm on the main Coonoor Ooty highway. It is a centre for training workshops, demonstrations and very much a big contributor in our journey towards self-sustenance.
"The Earth Trust is bringing back ethical, sustainable practices in the field of agriculture, one farm, one farmer, and one citizen at a time".
4. Earth Trust and Government recognition
The sustained effort and the hard work of the Earth Trust has earned the organization an unassailable name in the
Government and Organic circles. The ET is regularly invited to be part of Government-held meetings,
workshops and seminars to share its experience and knowledge on
organic farming and display its organic products.
Some of the notable participation by ET in Government-held confluences are as follows.
Parliamentary Standing Committee, National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture (NMSA), Earth Trust was the only
Nilgiri based NGO to be invited for the meet.
The ‘One-day Conference on Organic Farming’ was organized by the SpecialArea Development Programme (SADP), Nilgiris District at the HADP Conference Hall in Ooty on 15-03-2017. The Conference was attended by the District Collector, officials of the SADP, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Retd.), officials of the Horticulture Department, staff of the
TNAU, HRS, official from the Animal Husbandry Department, officials from The Earth Trust and farming community.
The ‘Organic farming growth – Market and Trade opportunities’ was presented by Prof. K. N. Selvaraj, followed by ‘Contractual Arrangements and Price Fixation for Organic Produce’ was presented by Ms. Nimmi John and Mr. R. Ganesh of the Earth Trust
ET’s Project Director speaking during the occasion
ET’s Researcher presenting during the conference
Awareness camps to educate the farming community on the ill-effects of indiscriminate usage of pesticides and insecticides during agricultural practices in the Nilgiris District were conducted at Meekeri and Bickol villages of the Nilgiris District, Tamilnadu, India during September 2017. The awareness camps were planned in the various villages under the initiation of the present Collector of the Nilgiris District, and conducted by the Department of Horticulture, Nilgiris.
Display of the Earth Trust’s Organic Vegetables
District Collector interacting with the ET team
Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Cultivation - Production and Marketing Feasibility in the Nilgiris District
As part of the monthly zonal meeting at the Department of Horticulture (JDH Office – Ooty, 11/07/2017), discussions were held on the Medicinal and Aromatic plants cultivation in the Nilgiris District. The objective of this meeting on ‘Medicinal and Aromatic plants in the Nilgiris’ was to gather ideas and prepare a strategic report on the cultivation, marketing and research aspects of medicinal and aromatic plants. Mrs. Nimmi John presented ET’s experience on the cultivation and marketing of medicinal plants.
SADP sponsored training on organic cultivation organised by Horticulture Department at Kookalthurai (19/12/2017)
Training programme on organic cultivation was conducted at Kookalthurai on 19/12/2017. The training programme was part of the SADP funded project for organic cultivation in Kookalthurai and Kil Kotagiri. The programme was attended by horticulture officer (HO) of Kotagiri block, Ms. Chitra Banu, Prof. Ramamoorthy of HRS, about 10 farmers from Dheenatty village and ET staff.
Training on Organic Cultivation at Kookalthurai
Programme participants at Kookalthurai
ET’s Nimmi John and Jeyakumar attended the Organic World Congress, held during November 2017. ET’s experiences on attending the Congress, meeting with the delegates from several countries worldwide and discussing with them on the wide range of subjects concerning organic agriculture were shared during the presentation. Mr. Jeyakumar spoke briefly on the theme – importance of seed bank as discussed in the Congress.
ET Team at the Congress
The Congress delegates during the field trip