Building a Sustainable and Bio-Diverse Organic Farm - Case Study of a 1 Acre Model Farm in India

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This books describes a case study of a 1 acre sustainable and bio-diverse organic farm in India. The authors established the Bahga Farm and the associated brand Zimi Organics with an aim to re-introduce the traditional practices of organic farming with a blend of modern technologies and sustainable agricultural practices. The farm has been setup as a model organic farm adopting best management practices for sustainable agricultural production.

This book covers the authors’ experiences of developing the farm and growing healthy, organic and natural, farm-fresh vegetables, herbs, fruits, grains, pulses and oilseed crops. The book covers various organic cultivation principles and practices such as organic manures, composts, bio-fertilizers, crop rotation, mulching, and biological pest control measures. The readers can adapt these practices to grow vegetables and fruits ethically, without using any synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides, weedicides and growth regulators.

Farmers practising conventional and intensive agriculture are often reluctant in adopting organic farming, which is considered to be more expensive. Through this book, the authors aim to bring awareness about organic and natural farming practices, and prove that organic farmers can maintain a balance between farm expenses and farm outcomes by using integrated farming. The authors demonstrate various organic and natural farming practices that can increase the fertility of the soil, reduce expenditure on expensive chemical fertilizers and pesticides and increase the crop yields.

This book can serve as a handy reference for readers who wish to start their own organic farm. The book is structured into three parts and a total of 44 chapters. Part I covers an introduction to the farm and the best practices being adopted. Part II covers the key features of the farm including the farm layout, farm house design, off-grid solar system setup, vegetable & herbs garden, fruit nutrition garden, grains, pulses and oilseed crops area, chicken coop, farm equipment, and more. Part III covers the organic farming principles and practices being adopted at the farm including composting, mulching, crop rotation, green manures, weed control methods, pest management, bio-fertilizers, bio-pesticides, irrigation techniques, nutrient management, minimum tillage, companion planting, pheromone and sticky traps, friendly bugs, and more.

About the Author: Arshdeep Bahga is a computer science researcher, best-selling author of Cloud, IoT, Big Data & Blockchain textbooks, tech entrepreneur and an organic farmer by passion. Arshdeep holds an MS degree in ECE from Georgia Tech, USA.

Sarbjit Bahga is a Chandigarh based architect, urbanist, author and photo-artist. Sarbjit graduated in architecture from Panjab University, Chandigarh in 1979. Sarbjit has 41 years of practical experience in designing and supervision of various types of buildings, complexes and large campuses.

 

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: White Falcon Publishing; 1 edition (2021)
  • Author: Arshdeep Bahga & Sarbjit Singh Bahga
  • ISBN-13: 9781636404172
  • Product Dimensions:  8.5 x 1 x 11 Inches

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