In 2014, Open Shell Farm was a degraded and denuded land with a handful of thorny forest trees. Much of the farmland in the area has been degenerated through overgrazing, deforestation, monocultures and indiscriminate chemical use. Subsequent erosion and a plummeting groundwater table pollute water bodies downstream.
Today, Open Shell Farm is host to over 5000 saplings of more than 600 species of forest, fodder, timber, medicine and fruit trees. It is a buzzing food forest with many voluntary species of trees, grasses, bushes and wild edibles along with a multitude of earthworms, termites, bees, insects, reptiles, butterflies and other life forms.
Open Shell Farm is a demonstration and an education site for social transformation through regenerative climate resilient design, that works towards enhancing harmonious and productive relationships already existing in nature. The farm produces over 70% of all its food needs for its residents grown using Regenerative methods.
Open Shell is a fully functioning farm and food forest in the rain shadow of the Western Ghats along Karnataka’s border with Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Our proximity to the forest has added challenges but offers the opportunity for significant impact to the fragile ecosystem.
- On the edge of the Bandipur Tiger Reserve
- Pressure from wildlife: Elephants, Boars, Leopards and Tigers
- Focus on Fodder and Fuelwood to reduce stress on forest
- Traditional Polyculture and Millet cultivation for improved nutritional value
- Water Harvesting Earthworks to prevent runoff and build soil
- Demonstration site for local farmers to see success of the methods
- Education site for Permaculture and Regenerative Agroforestry techniques
- Nursery for medicinal plants and herbs for the villagers