We’ve been…

…growing heirloom tomatoes

…learning about roots

…making ghee (clarified butter)

vrindavan farm, local cows, clarified butter, ghee

…grazing and milking our growing family of cows

…making our own packaging from supari (betel) tree leaves

…fermenting edibles from the zen garden!

…expanding our heirloom tomato collection

 

…sourcing produce from other farmers to encourage their good practices and get them better value for their work

 

What’s on the horizon? … Bees! We hope to home the¬†hardworking-pollinating-honey-making-compound-eyed ones soon.

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Outgrowing plastic

Packaging. When working with earth, a side mission becomes to rid oneself of our nouveau addiction to plastic. Here’s sharing our packaging practices…

We wrap fresh herbs, greens, berries in the leaves of indigenous trees, e.g., teak and fig, both solid leaves that hold for the purpose of transport. They also keep the produce extremely fresh, being of nature. Nature provides plenty of tie (e.g., sorrel stem, banana stem). For loose stuff (grains and powders), we reuse glass bottles/jars after sterilization. Fruits are loose in cloth bags. Newspaper is one of our last resorts, to avoid the leaching of printing ink into our food.

No, we’re no saint. We’re not entirely off land either. Our preserves and tisanes live¬†in glass. But here’s the key to the thought process… While each industry comes with it’s own dirty history, think of the product’s lifecycle load on the ecosys, that is, during growth, to process, it’s reusability, it’s recyclabilty, as also it’s end-of-life disposal.

A US EPA initiative that bodes well in this matter: Refuse > Reduce > Reuse > Recycle