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Community Supported Agriculture CSA - India

"Let they food be thy medicine, and thy medicine be thy food" Hippocrates. Everything,absolutely everything starts with food. How its grown, where its grown, who its grown for, and how it is consumed. If we sort out our food, planet will be just fine

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With the help of organic farming experts, community leaders and volunteers, we help start-up small vegetable gardens in village homes, provide organic seeds and training to local people to grow their own organic veg, medicinal plants, herbs and fruits in their own premises using permaculture methods.

Permaculture also means permanent agriculture. Its a way to mimic evergreen forests by choosing plant varieties in such a combination that all most all the species grown can be used for human consumption, for building houses and energy use. This method does not need extra water, extra land or extra energy inputs, in fact the beauty of this concept is that it uses all the organic waste like kitchen waste, grey water, dry leaves and such things which we find around any settlements. Here the waste becomes presious and waste management becomes need rather than a liability.

So back to how this concept can help such low income communities.

Fresh organically grown food is more nutritious, It saves money as this families do not have to buy everything from the market, and by using permaculture method, plants produce in abundance with less and less labor input down the years, this extra harvest also earns them extra income with co-op sales, farmers market or sending their produce to big town and cities. For remote locations, most of the greens and veges can be sun dried using home made sun dryer, dehydrated food can be packed and stored for much longer time and can be send to far distances.

<h2> </h2> How might we use social business to improve health in low-income communities?<h2> </h2>Few small steps using permaculture method can show results in less then two weeks, which will start improving health of such community members.

Few actions to start with
1. Wheat Grass Juice, Its also known as super food
2. Growing high fiber greens
3. Waste water management
4. Household waste management
5. Energy efficient low smoke fire wood stoves

Will add more quick fix solutions, when it comes to my mind!

I can keep on going singing the songs of permaculture, organic farming and sustainable local economy, but we have some time to sing all those songs!

So please feel free to share your views and ideas, and I will be much happy to give more details if required.

Bottom line, it is working for millions of people around the world. Its not a rocket science, its common sense!

One seed at a time, One house at a time!

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Snehal, really like this concept, cutting the middle man not only allows the community to get less expensive food, but also more nutritious food. One key is to get good soil and knowledge know-how of what kind of plants can work in Calcas. (e.g. crop-rotation and plant species that supplement each other in different cycles). The money generating potential through cash crops is also amazing through a networked and organized community.

Great post!

Eric

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Thanks Eric, We are working on this idea in some low income comunities in South India and we are very positive about its results in the coming months. Its sad that I am not able to participate much more into OpenIDEO due to time restrictions, but our work will be soon be available to share with everyone around the world and exchange similar ideas to have a positive impact on social and environmental change! All the best to all!

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