The Swayyam Community Centre builds on the work of Swayyam’s Open Shell Farm and the 1000 Tree Project on the edge of Bandipur National Park where we engage directly with marginal farmers to restore fertility to the land and livelihood security to the families.
A hectare-sized Nursery at the Center will highlight our commitment to tree plantation as the vital element in restoring biodiversity. We will start a Seed Bank to provide easy access to high quality seeds, especially local varieties.
A Cold Oil Press for healthy edible oils and a Mill for dehusking, destoning, and grading millet will encourage the restoration of these crops and begin the restoration of the health of families it feeds. Farmers can use the Community Kitchen to create Value-Added Products and get maximum return on the goods they produce.
We will establish a Residential Farm School for the youth of the area to teach Organic and Biodynamic Farming as well as Permaculture methods and principles.
Farmers in South India have spent decades within a system that encourages chemical and monoculture farming. Ultimately, everyone suffers. Swayyam Kendra offers a vital piece of the much needed alternatives for farmers.
- A comprehensive Nursery of local forest species, fodder, timber and fruit trees
- Training Center for nursery-related skill building to encourage the starting of more nurseries in the area.
- A Farm Store will offer both produce and the value-added products from the community
- Direct sale removes Middlemen and Price Controls
- Improved income potential and market reach for local farmers
- A Residential Farm School to educate and engage the Youth
- Seed Bank with a Seed Sharing program to promote resilient seed strains
- Vegetable and Medicinal Plant Nursery
- A Training School will teach viable skills such as bee keeping, vermicomposting and mushroom cultivation