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“Farming – The Gandhian Way” : Mr. Bhaskar Save!

Posted by Rewa Smriti on May 30, 2014

Mr. Bhaskar Save, acclaimed ‘Gandhi of Natural Farming’, turned 92 on 27 January 2014, having inspired and mentored 3 generations of organic farmers. Indeed, his farm is a veritable food forest; a net supplier of water, energy and fertility to the local Eco-system, instead of a net consumer. His way of farming and teachings are rooted in a deep understanding of the symbiotic relationships in nature, which he is ever happy to explain in simple, down-to-earth idioms to anyone interested.  He has 14 acre orchard-farm “Kalpavruksha” is located on the Coastal highway near village Dehri, District Valsad, in southernmost coastal Gujarat, a few km north of the Maharashtra-Gujarat border.

As per him, the Principles of Farming in Harmony with Nature. “The four fundamental principles of natural farming are quite simple!” declares Mr. Bhaskar as mentioned below:

  • ‘All living creatures have an equal right to live’. To respect such right, farming must be non-violent.
  • Everything in Nature is useful and serves a purpose in the web of life.
  • Farming is a “Dharma“, a sacred path of serving Nature and fellow creatures; it must not degenerate into a pure ‘Dhandha‘ or money-oriented business. Short-sighted greed to earn more – ignoring Nature’s laws – is the root of the ever-mounting problems we face.
  • The principle of perennial fertility regeneration. It observes that we humans have a right only to the fruits and seeds of the crops we grow. These constitute 5 to 15 % of the plants’ biomass yield. The balance 85 to 95 % of the biomass, the crop residue, must go back to the soil to renew its fertility, either directly as mulch, or as the manure of farm animals. If this is religiously followed, nothing is needed from outside; the fertility of the land will not decline.

About twenty steps inside the gate of his farm is a sign that says: “Co-operation is the fundamental Law of Nature.

Well said that “Nature provides, we just need to co-operate with it!

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