Amrut Mitthi Revitalizes Soil to Pristine Condition

Training Youth to Turn Wasteland into Fertile Farmland

Green Self Reliance, Inc is delighted to announce a strategic partnership with Krisit Organic Agricultural Institute in Rajasthan, India. The purpose of this partnership is to train young people who are interested in careers in sustainable rural economy. These students will learn the practical skills necessary to transform wasteland into fertile farmland, and to develop the entire support infrastructure needed to build prosperous zero carbon communities. The Krisit Institute is offering an International certificate course in farming and community building. It will be a 12 month program, inclusive of board and lodging (food will be strictly vegan, suitable for students following Jain, Vaishnav, Kosher or Halal food standards.) All subjects will be taught (in English) at the Krisit Training Center in Rajasthan, India by highly experienced restorative agriculture practitioners. The entire year long training program will cost $15,000, which includes boarding and lodging. This course has been designed with the interests of all kinds of people interested in building a career in sustainable development. Upon completion of all the syllabus and demonstration of proficiency in all the subjects, GSR will reinvest the entire course fee of $15,000 towards the career of the graduate, guaranteeing them employment.

The goal of this course is to give graduates all the basic knowledge and skills necessary to successfully build and manage a sustainable green community project anywhere in the world. The course will combine knowledge and practical application. Students will make organic pesticide and fertilizer from locally available materials, build their own housing, sustainable energy systems and water treatment facilities from scratch. Besides the lectures and hands on training, the students as individuals and team members will be allotted a piece of barren land and that land itself will be a “final exam” which demonstrates the students’ mastering the skills necessary to make that land habitable. If the land has been successful transformed into farmland, the student will pass the final exam.

The campus is not far from a city, with good communication, transportation and high speed internet access. Students will have the option to complete the 12 months course in one session, or break up the education process over the span of many years. There will be hundreds of volunteers and local villagers participating in vocational training courses. Students will be able to refresh their memory and relive their experience later on via a required assigned vblog (video blog), which doubles as a way to promote the institute.

Students will have ample opportunity to hone their work and social skills by teaming them with local farmers taking part in the program. The students will get the opportunity to teach their course materials to local village farmers. By the end of the course, all graduating students will be able to effectively train others the appropriate techniques and technologies of organic farming.

Topics Covered in the Course:

  • Natueco – Natueco (Nature Ecological Farming) formulated by well know natural farming expert, Deepak Suchde, is a synthesis of permaculture and traditional Indian farming methodology. It allows farmers to transform barren desert lands into highly fertile soil in six months. Also, crops grown in that soil are richer in nutrients taste better.

  • Permaculture (Basic and Advanced practice) – Science of Designing landscape to make itself sustainable naturally. (We are in discussions with the instructor who teaches this course to hand students a Permaculture Teachers Certificate upon completion of the course).

  • Bio Dynamics – harvesting and seeding crops based position of moon for maximum productivity

  • The Zero Budget Farming method – developed by renowned agronomist Subhash Palekar, shows simple low cost methods to grow low cost organic food without soil or on substandard soil.

  • Traditional Indian farming techniques – analysis of age old sustainable farming methods used by farmers in India for thousands of years, including homa techniques( increasing production by creating smoke with cow dung cakes)

  • Natural house building – techniques with and without use of cement

  • Sewage & Sanitation Treatment Systems – how to treat waste from toilet or grey water from kitchen to be able to use it for farming

  • Sustainable Power systems – Students will learn to make their own solar power, biofuel and wind power generation systems for your homes and community

  • Companion Planting Formulas – Correct combinations dramatically increases production. Students will master 100 + ideal planting combinations for trees /crops/herbs.

  • Soil analysis – learn from expert soil analysts which type of soil is good for which kind of crop/plant/tree

  • Disaster Management – fast recovery from famine /flood etc

  • Cow management – maximizing value of cows and from products made from cow dung

  • Agriculture and the journey of Self Discovery – helping students discover and cultivate their spirituality.

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