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Biodynamic Farming in Nepal

June 15, 2010

View of the farm house, solar cooker, orange trees, and bees

By Krishna Gurung

The Kevin Rohan Memorial Eco Foundation (KRMEF) was established in 2008 near Khokana, in the southwest of the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. KRMEF is trying to save the local environment by using local manpower, local waste, and educating the local population about the benefits of protecting the environment. The project periodically runs free health and dental camps in a local school and looks forward to opening a free clinic very soon.

KRMEF has begun a pilot project focused on recycling waste found in and around the city of Kathmandu and utilizing the waste to produce sustainable fuel in the form of bio-briquettes and bio-gas. Waste bottles have also been collected and made into walls and windows. This ecological architecture will soon be implemented in the new clinic. These processes give work to many jobless, helpless and disabled individuals.

Presently KRMEF is sponsoring schooling for underprivileged children, has an eco-guest house, a volunteer program, a working organic/biodynamic garden, and is working to implement Waldorf techniques in a village school. We look forward to further developing our network to include treatments and education for physically handicapped children and to take care of the old, among many other activities.

The KRMEF garden helps to promote biodynamic farming methods in Nepal. We provide training to anyone who wants to volunteer on the farm and the bee farm where we produce our own organic honey.

Working in the garden

In order to promote this project, we traveled to America and took part in the Washington, D.C., Green Festival 2009, in addition to visiting many earth-friendly places. We arrived back in Nepal in the beginning of February and since that time Miss Misha Vega, former apprentice at Rudolf Steiner College in California, has been working to implement biodyanmics here at KRMEF. Those who work here have learned to stir and spray preparation 500 and to understand the theory of making it, which they will do in the coming fall. Now we are making fermented nettle liquid manure, have begun growing the preparation plants, and have started a few compost piles. Local quartz was located for the making of preparation 501 next year, and everyone has participated in the collection and grinding of eggshells for the “cow pat pit.” Miss Vega has participated in all work here — from cleaning up local trash to cutting and carrying grass for our cows. This has provided a very good practical example for the people here, and has fulfilled the aims and objectives of KRMEF.

Digging a hole for the cow pat pit

We decided to host a biodynamic seminar here at KRMEF in April, as many people had expressed interest in learning about biodynamic practices. It was arranged that all lectures would be given by Sir Hans Mulder, who worked with Peter Proctor to develop the biodynamic certification training in New Zealand and who is the coordinator for the Asia-Pacific region of the Anthroposophical Society.

Over 65 people attended from many different parts of Nepal, and there were also volunteers from the USA, Holland, and Germany. Most of the participants were from leadership positions in NGOs and individual initiatives, and all enthusiastically participated. The morning lectures on the first day were on the three farm systems (chemical/mineral, organic, and biodynamic), the farm individuality, preparations 500 and 501, and preparations 502-507 in the context of farm.

The afternoon session began with a lecture on the planting calendar and sun and moon rhythms. This was followed by a discussion as many people fielded their questions and were answered as time allowed. The day was concluded with the stirring of preparation 500, which was met with some surprise by some of the newcomers, but many took turns stirring clockwise and counter-clockwise for an hour. Following this, people were taught to apply the application, and the afternoon ended with many happy participants looking forward to the next day.

End of lectures

The second day’s morning lecture was on the “The Meaning of the Compost Heap: The Liver of the Farm.” Afterwards, a compost heap was made and preparations 502-507 were introduced and applied. The makings of liquid manures using preparation 502-507 were also demonstrated. In the afternoon everyone participated in the making of “compound preparation,” or “cow pat pit,” mixing fresh cow manure, ground eggshells, and rock dust before adding the preparations. The afternoon lecture began with a further discussion of the planting calendar, and to clarify this Hans Mulder had people act out the movements of the planets, so that their role and that of the sun, moon, and earth became clear to everyone. Hans explained about the full moon, new moon, first quarter, last quarter, highest position, lowest position, ascending node, descending node, perigee, and apogee so that the participants could fully understand the information provided in the planting calendar.

Making the compost pile

Finished compost pile

The two-day seminar was concluded very meaningfully, and many participants are looking forward to joining in the forthcoming biodynamic seminar in the fall. Our future aim is to spread the knowledge of biodynamics and anthroposophy to more areas and greater numbers of people in Nepal. We are very thankful and grateful to those who have contributed to this project and who continue to support us. The biodynamic work is continuing here and hopefully we will soon be able to report on further developments.

Krishna Gurung, one of the co-founders of Shanti Sewa Griha Village (Nepal) founded the KRMEF project with his wife Leela and other friends in memory of their late son, Kevin Rohan Gurung, who tragically and physically left the earth at the age of seven years on the 21st of December, 2008. For further information, please visit www.krmecofoundation.com.

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15 Comments leave one →
  1. Madina Rai permalink
    June 15, 2010 5:46 pm

    So great to know all these new yet very worthy happenings. Looking forward to see more good things from KRMEF Kathmandu. What a meaningful education for people,plant and the planet. Thank you so much !!

  2. khusis permalink
    June 15, 2010 8:38 pm

    I am so happy when I saw this article. It is very important bio dynamic agriculture for a nowadays. I think everyone knows about bio dynamic agriculture & we should be apply our farming.

  3. santosh permalink
    June 15, 2010 8:46 pm

    Its great work done by KRMEF for Health ,Education,and Environment. Specially in the environment, doing bio dynamic farming is great. It is also great that all the people from all over Nepal attend this seminar and tried to know about it. GREAT!!! WISH YOU ALL THE BEST! I am always with KRMEF..

  4. Justina permalink
    June 15, 2010 9:06 pm

    Its very nice to see this article about KRMEF! We all know that bio dynamic agriculture is much more than organic farming. It is based on the knowledge that the soil, plants, animals and man work together in one agriculture cycle. The KRMEF’s success of bio dynamic farming depends on the their understanding of the farm, the crops and animals and the cosmic forces. In addition all activities done within local community, such as opening local clinic, deserves huge appreciation! I wish you all the best!!!

  5. Manohari Mishra permalink
    June 15, 2010 9:33 pm

    Great job ! I want this idea of bio-dynamic gardening all over the nation. If you feed good food ( bio-dynamic compost) to the plant then you can have most healthiest food ever. We should get rid of the chemicals . ( Deshi mal )

  6. Misha Vega permalink
    June 15, 2010 9:46 pm

    oh it is wonderful to see that people can read this, can see that the ideas of biodynamics are inspiring people across the planet, in places with huge variations in climate, culture, and understandings of agriculture. but there is something that allows farmers to communicate and transform their land regardless of language differences – health of their animals, the nutrition of their food, and the vitality of their gardens. and they are beautiful people, and beautiful visions. i wish this seed of sustainability continues to flurish in this small country…

  7. Madina Rai permalink
    June 19, 2010 4:31 pm

    Thank you Rebecca, Great article and very inspiring to it being published.

  8. June 20, 2010 8:36 pm

    Thank you Rebecca and all the friends, who gave their feedback. I hope to do more in this particular field and make people aware of the fact. Great

  9. August 10, 2010 6:58 am

    At the Heritable Innovation Trust we work with Krishna’s project. We focus on documenting heritable knowledge in a communal trust so that it is saved for generations to come. Check out our website for more! Krishna- great post and I always love hearing that your work has been spread to more people. We have featured this article on the site and look forward to hearing more updates from you!

  10. August 18, 2010 6:21 am

    Thank you Megan for your effort to get this work on the public level. I would love to post you all the development of the work as it grows here in Nepal. It is great to see here through Heritable Innovation Trust.

    Krishna for KRMEF

  11. December 1, 2010 5:59 pm

    Such a awesome article .
    I love to read.

    krishna

  12. ashok giri permalink
    December 31, 2010 2:58 am

    it is a great article,and at the same time much more informative.it helped to develop more intrest in organic or biodynamic agriculture personally for me.i am very much intrested in organic farming from quite a long time.i am planning to develop my own organic farm in nepal some day.so i hope i can work with you together.

  13. raju permalink
    September 30, 2011 6:44 am

    It is a great article really suitable for the sustainability of the environment. but where is this biodynamic farm located and what is the farm annual production and area. It is really possible to feed the growing population from limited land. So it must come with providing solutions of the present problems rather than to satisfy the need of the few privileged one.

  14. Grecia Japjeet permalink
    January 27, 2012 9:19 pm

    Hello,
    I am seraching for the next step of my life. Somewhere in wich I could help others and keep searching for myself.

    In my search, I found your internet page, and your proyect. I was amazed by the beauty of this. I would love to work with you. In the soil, with children and everything I can…I went to a waldorf school till 8 grade. I am interest in learning biodynamics and actually work with them. I took a pranic healing course, if this is of any help. I was study contemporary dance last year, and then I decided that I wanted to work with the soil for a while. My dance search is not done yet, but I wish to find my dance in other kind of place.
    I am mostly interest on your volunteer program. My wish is to know if I could be part of it. I am 17 year old, with parent permission. I have written to a lot of different places, but it seems that I have not yet the age or other reasons like that. I really hope is not the samee thing here. I would love to go very, very much.
    Thank you for all. Wish to see you the soonet possible.

    I send you a big smile.
    Love and blessing, Grecia.
    From México.

  15. LUC LAUWAERT, BELGIUM permalink
    October 12, 2012 6:27 am

    Best!
    With this I want to ask you a question.
    The Waldorf School of Gent, Belgium is organizing on WEDNESDAY 7 NOVEMBER a chatroom anthroposophy ‘on the theme: “How important is biodynamic food for our children?”.
    It is intended that the parents the first half hour of the evening actually ‘chat’ with anthroposophists and / or anthroposophic initiatives around the world.
    Therefore I kindly would ask you to THURSDAY 8 November 2012 from 100 p.m. to 1.45 p.m. time want to release “chat”with our parents on this topic.
    If you’re willing to do so, we will have further information on the practical arrangements.
    Thanks in advance!
    Luc Lauwaert
    On behalf of the parent operation of the Waldorf School Ghent, Belgium.
    https://www.facebook.com/events/494537830565704/

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