Farming

Agnihotra Farming Method (AFM)

Agriculture today is on the crossroads of change. Modern agriculture though has shown great promise, has also shown many side effects.

Methods of farming practiced less than a hundred years ago and how it’s done today are very different. While the contribution of green revolution can’t be undermined, we can’t ignore the fallout’s of the modern machines and tools (from tractors to pesticides) which have had a direct and adverse impact on the fabric of the society ultimately. The problems of pesticide residue and the excess use of fertilizer raising the costs too high have been discussed at length. The problem of soil losing fertility as a result of excess use of chemical agents is a major cause of concern. Environmental problems like unseasonal and uneven rainfall add to the woes of farmers. World over a more sustainable way of agriculture is being searched.

If you will look around, you will find that obesity, aggression, physical health , weak eyesight, insomnia, infertility… physical & psychosomatic problems… are a very common scene today. Twenty years back we couldn’t imagine that some of the problems that people are suffering today could even exist. If I were to ask, “did your grandmother ever utter the word stress?” what would your answer be? But it’s a reality of today. Even a 5 year old is stressed today.

If we dig deeper we will find that to a great extent we’ve become what we eat! And also how we grow what we eat.

Ayurveda says that food is the next thing after breathing that provides us with the vital Prana or Life Energy to sustain our lives. It is also revered as God itself in many ancient scriptures. As per Ayurveda, there is a direct link between the food and the thinking and behavior of a person. And many modern day researches have proved it right! The food that a person eats effects their mind, the mind creates thoughts, thoughts lead to actions and a person is known by his or her actions. How all the people in a world behave defines the progress or decline of a society.

Thus food plays a very vital role not only in shaping a better world for ourselves but also for our children, where we can expect them to lead a happy, peaceful and healthy life.

Therefore, organically grown food, rich in purity and energy will be a great step towards building a healthier and a more evolved society.

Agnihotra Farming Method (AFM) is such holistic way of growing our food in the most ecological manner.

AFM is developed by experts at Institute for studies in Vedic Sciences, and is a combination of Timeless Vedic Wisdom, Modern scienctific research and experience.

The use of Agnihotra or Homa, for creating a crop which is not only high in nutrition but also high in energy and Sattva has been discussed in many ancient texts. Such a crop can provide real nutrition and Prana.

AFM is a combination of performance of Agnihotra and other farming related Homa and the use of the high power ash from these processes as fertilizer and pesticide for the crop.

AFM is a safe, time tested, healthy and effective technique that is proving to be a great adjunct to the various methods of organic farming that are being employed all over the world. Even size, taste, texture, and yield of fruits and vegetables grown in Agnihotra atmosphere have been found to be of superior quality. Agnihotra Farms are also less prone to be affected by pest problems.

Many farmers around the world are benefiting from the use of this highly effective technique.

Benefits

  • Adjuvant to traditional organic methods
  • Simple to learn and use
  • Completely natural
  • Toxic Chemical free
  • Cost effective
  • Higher rate of germination
  • High food value of the produce
  • Increase in soil fertility
  • Increases crops resistance to diseases
Shree Sharadamata Eco Farms

Vishwa does farming based on the Agnihotra Farming Method, a technique which is a blend of Agnihotra and PSM and techniques of Organic farming.

Shree Sharadamata Eco Farms, is a project located in and around Shivpuri, our international center. The total area under this project is 80 acres.

The focus of the entire project has been to develop a model farm to showcase the blend of AFM as an adjunct to traditional organic farming

The region of Akalkot is a low rainfall zone and many times faces the threat of uneven rain during monsoon or even drought. We have been using the techniques of AFM to cultivate a wide variety of crops as a pilot project. Various grains like wheat, rice, jowar, pulses like mung, udad are grown. Also a lot of vegetables and fruits are grown.

Shivpuri has a very wide variety of horticultural plantations like mango, pomegranate, papaya, custard apple, coconuts, etc. After they are ready to eat, they are sent to our Annapurna community kitchen. Many Agnihotra families also buy the produce from our store. People from all over the world come to learn farming and participate in the farm work as a part of Seva or service. A demo plot has been created to cater to the learning requirements of the farmers.Most of our lands are rain dependent and have very little other source of water.

Compost

Every year a lot of compost is made in the farms as it is a vital part of the farming process. A large compost pit has been created near the Goshala. Every day the residual cow dung, farm waste and Agnihotra Ash are added in layers. The entire mixture is turned over periodically and the compost gets ready in no time. Most of this compost is used in the farms, but a large amount is also used in the tree plantation projects run by Vishwa.