Discipline: 20 acres, 3 of which contain irrigated crops such as fruits (coconut, banana, guava, chikoo and citrus), cow fodder and vegetables. 5+ dry land acres yield mainly mangos. The farm also grows monsoon-fed red rice, millets and sesame. A solar pump and sprinklers are used for vegetables and fodder. The farm also has 8 cows. The farm has accommodation for volunteer workers.
Since the beginning of 1994, Jeff ( Australia ) has been running Discipline Farm, on a plot whose soil had been improved since 1986. Discipline Farm is located near the village of Alankuppam , on the northern edge of the Greenbelt .
Of the twenty acres of land, close to two acres are drip-irrigated and grown with fruits (coconut, banana, guava, papaya, passion fruit, chikoos and citrus). Five and a half acres are used for dry land crops, mainly mangos. There are further extensive vegetable gardens, watered by micro-sprinklers, and cow fodder that is watered by large sprinklers. The remainder of the land is forested.
A dairy with four milking cows supplies manure used for the composting.
The farm annually grows red rice as a monsoon crop, sesame or black gram. The number of fruit varieties is gradually being increased. With what funds available, the infrastructure of water tanks and pumping systems is bit by bit being improved. The community uses a biogas converter for cooking.
The objective of Discipline, as determined by Jeff, is as follows: “For Discipline, the primary objectives are a consistent food supply, generating a basic income”.
Contact Jeff, Ph. 0413- 2622730 or 94864-75367