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Tools Arrive at Proto Village

Recently I have returned from India where I participated in a program at Proto Village. Proto Village is located approx. 120 km outside of Bangalore in a very arid region. Kalyan has moved himself there and has taken on the task of helping the locals to secure their food supply and therefore their economic and health improvement.

The Proto Village team pictured here with the newly arrived tools.Darryl, (second from left) Kalyan (fifth from left) A comprehensive list of tools with an assortment of screws nails and the like. The Proto Village team pictured here with the newly arrived tools.Darryl, (second from left) Kalyan (fifth from left) A comprehensive list of tools with an assortment of screws nails and the like.

There are just so many needs in the village that can be so easily satisfied with just a little outside help. Kalyan and his team do a fantastic job but are restricted because he lacks equipment and funding.
There were just no tools in the village. Things like hammers, drills, hand saws and the like, basic stuff needed for us to construct garden beds carry out simple plumbing and the like. Darryl, one of the guys who attended the Aquaponics training course saw the need and decided to do something about it. On his return to Goa (another city in India) he contacted his business associates and raised funds to buy tool sets and had them sent into Proto Village. This simple acquisition is making such a massive difference for Proto Village team.

Many have donated for the purchase of a shredder / mulching machine. We are in the process of purchasing that and having it sent in to the village. This machine will be used to shred palm fronds and the like which will be composted for use in gardens and general soil improvement. Thanks so much to those who have donated. Your generosity is making so much possible.

Some small test Wicking Beds have been constructed and are planted out with

Kalyan with the new small test wicking beds. Kalyan with the new small test wicking beds.

vegetables. These Wicking Beds are an amazing improvement and these initial beds will yield some excellent vegetables on a bare minimum of water usage. The beds are located close to the cow shed and pond, so it will be easy to attend to the gardening of the beds.

Darryl obtained these containers and had them sent into the village then travelled over from Goa to help Kalyan set them up and get them running. There is an urgent need to start producing compost so we can construct much larger Wicking Beds o greatly increase vegetable production. An area is being prepared for the construction of larger wicking beds.


Posted By Murray Hallam on 13th May 2013

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