FARM BASED ACTIVITES
to Generate Income All Year Long
Avani is working with the cultivation and harvesting of dye yielding plants as a livelihood option. Members of Self Help Groups are now cultivating turmeric where the surplus crop is sold to make natural dyes. Local invasive species such as eupatorium and flowering plants like marigold are also collected and sold. Growth of dye yielding plants is less labour- and time-intensive and not affected by wildlife, leaving the farmers with time and energy to invest in other activities to augment their incomes.
Avani’s own vegetable garden serves as a demonstration of organic farming using recycled water for irrigation. Experiments of multi-tier farming with tea, sericulture trees and dye-yielding plants are also underway at the campus. These techniques, once perfected, can be taught to villagers to improve income generation and the sustainability of their farming practices.