Farm Land Projects
Farm Land Projects
Your very own forest of food
If you have farm lands that are not being used, Edible Routes can help you to grow your food and create a healthy ecosystem - offering our services to turn around your farm land, from start to finish.
At your farmhouse or any other unused land you have, we will help set up organic vegetable gardens and beds for your food needs. We are greatly inspired by permaculture principles and natural farming and only use methods and techniques that will give you fresh, organic and healthy food by designing, creating and help managing your food farm. Including, guiding you and/or your staff how to run the farm, help you develop land management strategies for better productivity, increasing biodiversity, and eliminating chemicals on your property.
With us, you will get a design that minimizes environmental impact and ensures that existing natural systems are safeguarded and resources used most efficiently. By working hand in hand with nature we maximize the use of soil, water, sunlight, wind and other local energy flows on your land with the clear aim to create a regenerative and diverse ecosystem that nourishes your body and soul.
We have created tens of kilometres of raised vegetable beds, planted hundreds of trees at our numerous farm land projects in and around Delhi. Over the years many of our farm land project clients have become expert organic and natural farmers themselves and many more are on that path now.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs) on Farm Land Projects
What are farm land projects?
A farm land project is your farmland or any other open land of yours, which is unused or barren, where we help you grow fresh, organic and healthy vegetables, fruits and many other trees.
How much land do I need to grow enough food for me and my family?
You can very easily grow ALL your primary food needs including vegetables, oils, pulses and cereal in an acre of land for a family of four. This will involve specialized growing techniques, planting strategies and land utilization which Edible Routes will help you with.
What all veggies can I grow?
The sky’s the limit! Though many factors such as how much sunlight the land receives, availability and quality of water, quality of soil, available manpower and other existing condition greatly affect what you can grow and how much.
Can I grow commercially? Will Edible Routes help me with that?
To sell your produce is totally up to you. At Edible Routes, we want people to first grow for themselves and fulfil their basic needs. Our consultancy is limited to creating a healthy and productive farm for you and your family.
I don’t have water on my land. Can I grow anything?
Maybe not immediately. We can help you create water harvesting systems such as ponds, swales and trenches to catch rainwater and store it to grow your vegetables and trees, eventually replenishing the ground water for use as well.
I don’t have staff on my land. Can I grow anything?
Only if you’re willing to do the hard work yourself! But seriously, any large piece of land requires manpower for maintenance. We encourage our clients to also get their hands dirty on their land but mostly a dedicated staff is always needed on site for the day to day functioning of the farm.
My land is degraded because of past erosion/chemical use. Can I grow anything?
Yes you can, but again maybe not immediately. Depending upon the extent of erosion or land abuse, what you can grow and how much you can grow maybe affected. As part of our consultancy we will provide you with optimum and effective solutions to reverse the effects of degradation and bring back fertility and life to your land.
I have animals on the farm (cows, sheep, chicken, etc). Do you manage them as well?
Yes, we will provide you with methods and techniques to effectively integrate them into your farm system. A farm with animals integrated into it is always a more productive farm. Animals can very easily take care of farm waste and provide us with dung, urine, droppings as natural fertilizers and eggs, milk and meat as well.
Can I only grow fruit trees?
Absolutely you can! Along with fruit trees we will help you plant lots of support species and many other organic and natural techniques which help in the overall health of your soil and productive trees.
Is it important to create a farm to include biodiversity?
Yes it’s very important. Because a bio diverse system has many elements that a mono-crop farm does not. Nature likes diversity, it thrives on it. Growing many vegetables along with fruit trees, native trees, shrubs and grasses, using chicken and cows in farming builds rich soil, replenishes the ground water, deters pests and also creates nutritionally dense food.
How much does a land project cost?
The cost can vary depending upon the existing condition of the land. That’s because severely degraded land would require more man hours and resources to restore as compared to land with healthier soil and water. That’s why we send a team for an initial visit to your land (Initial visit charge of Rs.2000)
so that we can give you a proper estimate instead of just saying something off our head!
Will Edible Routes provide me with any maintenance contract for my land project?
Definitely! We want you to become a confident urban farmer and will guide you through the entire process of growing your own food. In our maintenance contracts we can mutually decide upon the number of visits you would like us to do.
What is permaculture?
Permaculture or permanent agri (culture) is a methodology of becoming self-sustainable using natural farming practices, food habits and lifestyle changes that are good for the earth, good for people and where all surplus is shared with people, communities and nature. It was founded by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in Australia in the 1970s. At Edible Routes we use many permaculture principles in our designs and management practices.
What is a food forest?
A food forest is a concept in permaculture where unlike an organised orchard, fruit trees and other useful trees, shrubs and grasses are grown in a self nourishing and wild system. A food forests primary goal is to provide for human use and also increase the biodiversity in the area.
Want to grow your food on our balcony or terrace itself? Why don't you consider setting up a kitchen garden instead?