About traditional Agriculture
India had ancient wisdom of farming since beginning of human civilization. It came from enlightened Rishis who lived in forests and understood all the rhythms of nature. One of these great rishis was Parashara Maharishi but there were many others who taught the art and science of cultivation as per Vedic science.
Bio Organic Farm
The Maitreyi Organic Farm certified by Tamil Nadu Organic Certification Department (TNOCD) since 2007 considered equivalent to Council Regulation (EC) No. 834/2007 and Swiss Organic Farming Ordinance for plant product originating in India. The scope of certificate is for Crop production with annual inspections and renewal.
Organic farming promotes the use of crop rotations and cover crops, and encourages balanced host/predator relationships. Organic residues and nutrients produced on the farm are recycled back to the soil. Cover crops and composted manure are used to maintain soil organic matter and fertility. Preventative insect and disease control methods are practiced, including crop rotation, sensitivity to time of planting and harvesting as per season & lunar cycles.
Maitreyi Kitchen includes traditional leafy greens, many millet varieties, indigenous dairy, organic grains, cereals, spices, cold pressed oils, natural palm sugar, farm produced fruits, vegetables, forest honey and more…..
The Maitreyi kitch
en sources almost 50% of its daily requirement from our Bio-farm. Yield and variety depend on season and climatic conditions.
Fruits like Papaya, Banana, Mango, Wood apple (Sapota/Cheeku), Jamun, (Naaval), Sitaphal (Sharifa) and of course the main crop of coconuts. Vegetables like all leafy green varieties, over 12 different types including some with precious medicinal value. General kitchen veggies like tomato, ladies’ finger, flat beans, long beans, the gourd family like bitter gourd, ridge gourd, bottle gourd, snake gourd, ash gourd, pumpkin, cucumbers etc. grow in abundance with careful alternative seasonal planting.
Regular application of farm generated cow-dung, nutrient filled river silt which flows into our mountain brook/stream, leaf ash, neem oil and cow waste spraying, coir pith, growing crops which are nitrogen fixing for the soil and other such sustainable methods are predominantly employed.
We avoid hybrid seeds and cultivation of varieties foreign to the soil and season like carrots, cabbage, cauliflower which not only need cooler climate but also are very susceptible to pest and need chemical spraying etc in commercial cultivation.
All organic waste from both the kitchens and farm is systematically introduced into the Compost pit.
The Maitreyi Kamdhenu Dairy has over 12 cows, 4 baby calves, 2 bullocks for ploughing of the fields. The animals are all indigenous breeds with comparatively lesser (in relation to the Jersey breeds) milk output but of high nutrient and intelligence considered ideal for Ayurveda medical preparations. Most of the fodder grown in our fields and only natural supplements sourced from local markets.
Ayurveda Herbal Garden
Among the many treasures that nature is endowed, plant kingdom is most valuable. Many herbal plants, shrubs and trees are growing in our campus and herbal garden, and we are using them for treatment and in our kitchen.