The Organic Way

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The ICAR-National Bureau of Soil Survey and Land Use Planning (NBSS&LUP) has identified areas in our country that hold high potential for organic farming. This literally works very well as a ground rule for HERD Organic Farms because the fact is that as per the geo-spatial digital map showing organic carbon stock in the soils of all states, this region of Maharashtra is indeed good for natural organic farming.

HERD Organic Farms is keen to facilitate and dedicate efforts for organic agriculture. The farm team collaborates in the organic processes for cultivation of crops, production of organic manure, undertaking crop rotation, product selection and dissemination of organic farming methods. Farm hands are taught to learn and adopt organic farming techniques, production of green/ organic manure, and use of natural pesticides and herbicides.

The past three years have seen HERD Organic Farms emerge as a trusted source for organic food. With up-to-date documentation on sustainable agriculture practice and soil health, the farm team, led by farm manager Mr Anil Khare, collaborate with organic farming practitioners and academic fraternity to fill gaps in our knowledge. HOF envisions improved health for the soil and its people with due conversion of organic agricultural methodologies.

Operations had begun in March 2015 with the aim to create a model-farm to act as a teaching-learning center for organic farming. In time we hope to scale up efforts to become an example to be followed by farmers in the region. We hope to inspire particularly those farmers who remain uncertain or unconvinced about the concept. We want them to look upon organic farming as a viable venture. It is hoped that they would eventually be persuaded to go the organic way.

Our goal is really to contribute to healthy living for everyone. This is why our major focus is on developing and nurturing in-house organic components so as to strengthen the concept of creating a model organic farm in the region.  With the emphasis on using cost effective methods for organic farming, we also use high-tech innovative ideas on the farm.

We take every opportunity to spread awareness of the benefits of organic produce and the dire consequences of eating unhealthy chemical laden foods. On the farmland we make our own manure and pesticides in a bid to retain soil health. We also ensure organic health of pollinator populations. Our home grown organic pesticides do not have impacts on pollinator health. In fact the diverse food crops benefit such pollinators with increase in food sources.

Actually the organic inputs prevent soil pathogen and keep the soil health in perfect order as proven by the soil tests we undertook. HERD Organic Farms continues to collaborate with the organic growers community to help ensure that the unique realities of organic farmers are better understood and considered by the larger fraternity and possibly to influence the future of organic farming in the region.

We keep intensifying our efforts to benefit both the land and the people. We truly believe the words of Anna Lappé, author and educator – “When we fight for organic food, it connects us to every living creature on the planet, from birds to frogs and pollinators—all those harmed by toxic pesticides”. We look ahead to another year of increased organic produce.

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HERD ORGANIC FARMS Organic Water Melons to Beat the Summer Heat

HERD Organic Farms is offering a bumper produce of its 100 percent organic water melons that are harvesting to peak season now. This super fruit is so healthy you should be eating it every day – all through summer. Watermelons are 92 percent just water. It’s a great food item if you want to lose weight. Also it’s a diuretic that helps reduce belly bloat. Lycopene found in water melons prevents prostate cancer.

Low in fat content water melon has good amount of Vitamin C it and has very little sugar. Even as you enjoy bite after bite of the delicious fruit you would be ingesting essential nutrients that include vitamins A, B6 and C, lots of lycopene, antioxidants and amino acids with just a dash of potassium too. The fruit reduces depression and oxidative stress of brain thereby curbing neurological disorders.

Not many are aware that most of the fruit is entirely edible. After you have enjoyed eating the melon cubes or balls whichever way you prefer them, you might want to make juice with the left over deep red portions that you might not have been able to finish off. It is advisable never to keep a cut water melon for too long. Its best finished off in one go.

Skin off the water melons hard green covering to carve out its soft white rind that is also edible. Make kimchi, pickles or add it to stir fry vegetables. The seeds have a nutty flavor and you may dry roast them and add to food items. Look for interesting recipes on the internet that you will love to experiment with and you may then never throw away the rind portions ever.

You can make a delicious juice by adding a carrot, apple, ginger and lemon that you will enjoy in the summertime. This combination drink will want you to simply keep sipping it all up. Cool, refreshing glasses of watermelon juice are the epitome of summertime delight. A word of caution here – ideally no food should be taken 30 minutes before or after eating melons. The saying goes ‘Eat melon alone or leave it alone, because it will make your stomach groan’.

Here are 6 surprising facts about this ubiquitous summertime fruit:

  • Watermelon has more lycopene than raw tomatoes.
  • Watermelon juice may relieve muscle soreness.
  • Watermelon is a fruit and a vegetable.
  • You can eat watermelon rind and seeds.
  • Water melon is mostly just water.
  • Water melon helps reduce high blood pressure.