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About us

Our Mission

We are creating a community education centre based on biodiversity, permaculture, self-sustainability, low-impact and eco-tourism in Thennakoongama in Sri Lanka.

Organic farming is based on a biological understanding of soil fertility that emphasises the interactions among soil humus, soil organisms and plant roots, as well as on an ecological understanding linking plants, animal and humans. However  it will always have to confront the urgencies of time, environmental affects and also face the question of how to increase production and to help feed people profitably?

Traditional farming methods and technology help us to organise the production of crops, vegetable, fruits and livestock so that they harmonise rather than conflict with natural system. On our farm, we are using a production system which avoids the use of synthetically compounded fertilisers, pesticedes, growth regulators and livestock feed additives.

We make biopesticde for insect pest and disease management by using natural plants, such as Neem (Azadirachta indica), knowing that every plant species has developed an inbuilt unique chemical clompex structure so – called secondary metabolites, that protects it from pests.

All parts of Neem tree possess insecticidal property, but seed kernel is the most active and it is quite promising against pests such as (S. gregaria, L. migratoria, H. armigera, S. litura, P. xylostella). Biopesticides are being considered as environmentally safe, selective, biodegradable, economical and renewable alternatives for use in Integrated pest management (IPM).

What is more, we fertilise and improve soil with animal secrets (dung and urine) from goats, chicken and cows. It has a regaining importance for maintaining soil fertility. 

Moreover as a sustainable farm we are using solar energy instead of purchased energy. 

As construction materials for building houses and furniture we use palm leaves, sand, mud, clay and wood in combination with brick . 

Our source of drinking water are wells, that is why using organic pesticides and fertilisers is even more important for human and animal wellbeing and to avoid health problems caused by nitrate leaching through soil (as this can contaminate the wells).  

In many respects organic farming is a way of life as much as it is a method of farming. The profibility of organic farms depends on the higher prices that their products command in the market place. Organic agriculture is not based exclusively on short term economics, but also consider ecological concepts. Organically grown and sustainably raised, it is good for the consumer, the farmer and the environment.

Our Ultimate goal is to improve the quality of human life based on our ability to manage, adopt and provide adequate organic products. We build community with neighbours and people from abroad participating as a volunteers  to grow much of our own food to provide food security.

Our Plan for an Eco-Community model farm

We started the ecological model farm in October 2012. It consists of a lake which has the size of half an acre, six mango trees, ten cows, two mud houses (one of them having four rooms), 2 acres of paddy field, around 20 coconut trees, two water catchment places, two small rocks, a cowshed, 2 acres of home garden and a resource center.

For the development and the maintenance of the ecological model farm the labor and the resources are taken from volunteers and wwoofers from many different countries. In order to get the maximum output to the farm we are glad that they support us with their various knowledge and experience. 

There are many purposes to develop such a model farm:

  • We can act as a role model for other farms and organisations which deal with organic farming
  • We can support other farmers facing difficulties caused by climate change. The eco community collects the relevant data and suggests alternatives that they can use to continue with less issue due to the climate changes.
  • We want to encourage the small farmers to contribute to the food sovereignty.
  • We want to develop theories about integrated pest management (IPM), biodynamics and permaculture and give the relevant practical knowledge

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.

Home Garden
Presently we have 2 acres of home garden (Harachi 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.

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