The story of Organic Mandya is made up of one person’s inspiration and collective transformation. It is a farmer’s Journal to Organic Farming!
Madhu made some rather disturbing observations about the farming practices and how it impacted the society. Chemical-based farming had robbed the farmer of his natural competence, and the consumer of healthy produce. It was time to change the farming practices. The farmer had to get his due. He had to be self-sustainable and reap the benefits of the natural way of farming. Thus Organic Mandya was born!
“Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others.”
- Samuel Smiles
The year was 2014. Madhu started talking to a few farmers and explained to them that organic farming uses natural means such as fertilizers obtained from cows, pest repellants made out of locally available resources and techniques such as crop rotation, companion planting and biological pest control. He assured them that this would bring remarkable changes to their health and wealth. This had a huge influence on Madhu’s audience. As young saplings of success showed its way to the pioneers, more and more farmers joined this group, which led to the formation of Mandya Organic Farmers Co-operative Society.
"Really, the only thing that makes sense is to strive for greater collective enlightenment."
Organic Mandya was formed as the marketing wing to support Mandya Organic Farmers Co-operative Society. Organic Mandya Initiative is not just a movement. It has become a way of life for many farmers of Mandya. And the followers of alternative farming are delightfully increasing!
What we have, we share!
The Organic Mandya Initiative is successful and replicable. Talk to us if you want to implement this model in your community.
During this journey of organic farming, the farming methods of Subash Palekar’s Zero Budget Natural Farming and Dr. Khader’s Forest Agriculture have guided us. We re-discovered our connect with Nature and realized that it has a lot to give, in terms of natural fertilizers like dung, neem, garlic, sour buttermilk and much more. The success of widely restoring the natural farming techniques can be attributed to our outreach programmes