In our work at the Krishna Eco Farm we promote a culture of selfless service to our rural ecosystems. This is being achieved by attending many local community networking events and inviting organisations to take advantage of our ecotourism facility in the Clyde Valley. Accommodation
Last year we hosted the 11th European Farm Conference with more than 30 delegates from 10 countries and welcomed additional speakers from Australia, Brazil and India. We are part of a growing network of rural projects committed to the optimum utilization of nature's gifts without disruption to the the natural life cycles of wild and domesticated animals.
After WW2, agronomists estimated that if the UK came under military attack we would not have the means to feed our nation without relying on Scottish lamb and beef. For that reason beef and sheep farmers have for 70 years received big financial incentives to gain a strong foothold in domestic and global meat markets. It is very rare to find a farming family who grow grains, fruit and veg for their own consumption. They all head for the supermarket. That's four generations cut off from self sufficiency and the health benefits of local organic produce.
In the light of the global consensus to keep tourism domestic, our project will encourage farmers to explore the potential of ecotourism enterprises. Every farm has a great story to tell. An increased awareness of the potential of this market can initiate a shift away from oil dependent agriculture and usher in an exciting marriage between permaculture and zero waste high tech innovation.
A willingness to embrace a pre-industrial modus operandi complemented by implementation of state-of-the-art low impact technology will nurture healthy dialogue between farmers and advocates of a plant-based agriculture. With such a favourable platform for building healthy partnerships, zero tolerance of animal abuse can take poll position in the developing circular rural economies.
The optimum nourishment and preservation of our soil is a prerequisite for maximizing our yearly harvests of nutrient rich fruit, vegetables and herbs.
Richard Higgins, the designer of our chosen soil regeneration scheme claims that adoption of his system brings a 300% increase in nutritional quality and productivity.
We are budgeting for
1) £12,000 to purchase and install 2 pairs of Howard-Higgins HH-2 thermophilic compost bins. They will produce up to 2 tonnes of organic pest-resilient fertilizer per month. Richard Higgins sells this through Ebay as HH-4. You can see some reviews here HH-2 Thermophilic compost bins
The raw materials can all be obtained from our own operation and nearby farms and gardens. The system also has the capacity to recycle foodwaste from ~50 households and can even break down the plastic film on the inside of coffee cups and other single use packaging.
Visit Sustainable Agriculture London for an in depth study of the Howard-Higgins technology
The large volumes of fertilizers produced provide an excellent retail opportunity for start ups wanting to make a mark in the circular economy initiatives promoted by Zero Waste Scotland.
2) £25,000 which will be earmarked for landscaping, constructing green build workshop and catering units and improving access to the demonstration site. This will enable school,and higher education groups to use the site for workshops and research projects. About 3 years ago I visited The Shieling Project in Glen Strathfarrar, Inverness and was very impressed by their off-grid learning centre. We aspire to emulate the success of this great project The Shieling Project which has just this month won the title "Best Environmental Social Enterprise" in the Social Enterprise Awards Scotland 2019. £25,000 will enable us to keep apace with the leaders in the trending ecotourism field of Off-grid OutdoorLearning Centres.
3) £11,000 to purchase/modify a vehicle for collecting waste from rural households who are not within the local government provision areas for uplift of segregated food waste. Thus food waste to landfill pollution can be eliminated. The Howard-Higgins system also has the potential eliminate all domestic and local institutional sanitary waste from sewage and landfill. If you have Adobe Acrobat Reader you can see this amazing capability in action here
3) £2,000 to cover expensves for hiring and manning stalls at conferences, agricultural shows, highland games etc. Given the superexcellent quality of the HH-4 fertilizer and pest repellant, we need to get the word out there, exploring all potential retail and wholesale outlets for the end products as well as the HH-2 Hot Boxes, HH-3 EcoSan toilet system and HH-8 Biochar Burner and Space Heater. You can see the entire range here http://www.suaglon.co.uk/products/