The farming community at Thennakoongama is involved in paddy cultivation, various cereals and pulses of shifting agriculture - green gram, cowpea and leguminous varieties thrive well in this soil. This daring venture was initiated by a group of young natural organic farmers. The community leader has been a pioneer in this organic agricultural movement with the experience he has gathered through living with organic farming communities in Sri Lanka and abroad, especially in Great Britain.
The great teachers of natural farming in Asia - Albert Howard (pioneer in the study of organic agriculture in India), Masanobu Fukuoka (founder of 'Do-nothing farming'), Subhash Palekar (who introduced 'Zero-Budget Natural Farming') and Shri Ragaveshwara Barathi Swamiji (the religious leader who campaigns for saving the indigenous cattle breeds of India) serve as our guides in this endeavor. We are doing our best to absorb all the experiences of these great teachers and introduced integrated multi-crop farming with indigenous cattle-breeding and other indigenous live stocks. This ecological farm is a place of research for students and youth, as well as for agricultural research scientists coupled with the rich experiences of the local farmers. It propagates all methods and technologies that allow nature to regenerate in order to continue the process of creation.
The farm is a research station open to all foreign students to try out their experiments directed towards pulling ourselves out of green revolution technologies. Our plan is to initiate natural food production, natural healing in various rich traditions of indigenous Ayurveda, Homeopathy and other prevalent forms of healing.
Presently we have 2 acres of home garden for our day-to-day-needs. We have two plantations of 80 organic papaya trees, 60 cashew trees, hundreds of pumpkins and eggplants and when the rain comes we have 2 acres of indigenous rice.
The eco community has about 100 indigenous chickens (most are not yet at the point of laying eggs), 50 cows and 40 goats. The chicken eggs are used for the community. We sell about 400 litres of milk per week. 2,5 acres of grass field are dedicated for cow gras.
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