The Earth Trust

Earth Trust works to give tools to tribals and villagers to farm their land in a sustainable way, to develop responsibility for Primary Health solutions with traditional answers and to give rural children inspiration, skills & passion for revitalising their communities & land. Email: earthtrust@gmail.com
Oct 23, 2014

2 Workshops by Earth Trust Nilgiris on Organic Farming and Organic Herbs

Adathoda Fresh Leaf
Adathoda Fresh Leaf

A). Organic Farming Training For Kota Tribe Women’s Group

In the last three months Earth Trust Provided Primary Health Care Training in Kollimalai village in the Nilgiris.
In continuation of the above programme the trainees were given a one-day training on Organic & Biodynamic Farming and on setting up of a herbal & Kitchen garden.


Date                : 04.08.14
Village             : Kollimalai
Beneficiaries   : 24 ladies
Venue             : Earth Trust Resource Farm, Kollimalai


The training imparted technology on organic farming using low external inputs, local natural resources and principles of organic and biodynamic agriculture.


Sessions:

  • Video show on  Slow poisoning of the planet
  • Overview of Earth Trust Activities
  • Introduction of Organic & Biodynamic Farming
  • Improvement of soil fertility measures through biodynamic compost, vermi compost, Amruth soil, green manure, mulching, mixed crop etc.
  • Setting up an organic kitchen garden
  • Identification & uses of medicinal herbs
  • Input preparation

Practicals:

  • Panchagavya Preparation & Usage
  • Jeevamritham Preparation  & Usage



B)  Training Programme On Value Added Products From Organic Herbs & Vegetables

Date               : 26.08.14
Beneficiaries  : 35 ladies
Venue            : Coonoor

Sessions:

  • Introduction to Earth Trust
  • Importance of herbal plants
  • Briefing on value addition through organic herbs & vegetables


Practical Session:
Adathoda cough syrup preparation
Ingredients:

Local Name                    Quantity        Botanical name
Adathoda fresh leaves     700 gms        Adathoda vasica
Sugar                                      1 kg            -
Agraharam                         10 gms        Spylanthus calva
Alpinia Powder                   10 gms        Alpinia calcarata
Clove                                  10 no.s        Eugenia caryophyllata
Cardamom                            4 gms        Elettaria cardamom
Ghee (Clarified Butter)        50 gms           -


Preparation:  

  • Collect the leaves, wash well and let it dry or wipe dry with clean cloth
  • Chop leaves into fine pieces
  • Stir-fry leaves with clarified butter for a few minutes till all the moisture is gone
  • Add two litres of water
  • Boil until it reduces to one litre
  • Add powdered alpinia, clove and cardamom
  • Remove from fire
  • Stir well and strain the liquid to get a smooth juice
  • Return the juice to the fire, add the sugar and stir well
  • When it reaches a honey-like consistency it is ready. Cool and store in bottle/s


Usage:  Cold and cough, Bronchitis, Asthmatic problems
Dosage: 15ml syrup with 15 ml of water after meals 3times daily

Adathoda Syrup Preparation Class
Adathoda Syrup Preparation Class
Setting Up a Green House
Setting Up a Green House
Talking About Herbal Plants
Talking About Herbal Plants
A Class on Herbal Plants
A Class on Herbal Plants
Introduction to Slow Poisoning of the Planet
Introduction to Slow Poisoning of the Planet

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Jul 22, 2014

Primary Health Care Training for Kota Tribals in the Nilgiris - The Earth Trust

Reflexology Training for Kota Tribes
Reflexology Training for Kota Tribes

The Earth Trust Provides Primary Health Care Training to Kota Tribals in The Nilgiris

The Earth Trust provides and supports a process whereby people learn to improve their personal habits and attitudes and to work responsibly for the improvement of health conditions in the family, community and nation. Every member of the health team shares responsibility in providing health education. 

It aims to help people make use of their own efforts and education in improving their conditions of living, lodging, good nutrition and prevention of diseases.

It is a means of improving the health of the people by employing various methods of scientific procedures to show the most healthy ways of living.

Recently we conducted the training with the Kota tribes in Kollimalai Village.  This is one of the seven villages of Kota, one of the primitive tribes of the Nilgiris district.

Training Period: April 2014 to June 2014

Number of Participants: 22 women.

Earth Trust teaches a 12-module programme for rural women.  The Health Program is designed at imparting basic knowledge of the human body along with its various systems, empowering the women with knowledge to be able to handle simple ailments prevalent in villages. At the end of each system they are given traditional herbal plants which are known cures for the treatment of everyday problems pertaining to that particular system.

These plants are distributed to individuals and grown in a community & individual garden, which by the end of the Health Program gives the community a start-up Herbal Kitchen Garden.

The women of Kollimalai were also taught reflexology, massage, Reiki, preparation of homemade remedies for internal and external use, as well as preparation of some basic Siddha supplements.

Herb Medicine preparation – Herbal Teas, Legium, Chooranum, Oils and Syrups

a) Documentation of indigenous herbs & uses

b) Extending knowledge about indigenous plants

c) Preparing Medicine on available plants

d) Preparing Medicines for Primary Health Care conditions

After completing this programme the village women are aware of Hygiene, nutrition & above said information.They are happy to set up a Kitchen Herbal Garden for their own nutrition & primary health care. Now all the women have set up their herbal kitchen gardens.

Kota Tribes Preparing medicines for Primary Health
Kota Tribes Preparing medicines for Primary Health
Herbal Plants distribution for Kitchen Gardens
Herbal Plants distribution for Kitchen Gardens

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Apr 23, 2014

ORGANIC FARMING TRAINING FOR RURAL WOMEN's GROUP

Doddany Village - Input preparation
Doddany Village - Input preparation

THE EARTH TRUST

ORGANIC FARMING TRAINING FOR RURAL WOMEN’s GROUP

A). Earth Trust Provides Primary Health Care Training in Rural villages in the Nilgiris.

We provide and support a process whereby people learn to improve their personal habits and attitudes and to work responsibly for the improvement of health conditions in the family, community and nation. Every member of the health team shares responsibility in providing health education.

Earth Trust has a 12-module programme for rural village women. The Health Program is aimed at imparting basic knowledge of the human body along with its various systems, empowering the women with knowledge to be able to handle simple ailments prevalent in villages. At the end of each system they are given traditional herbal plants which are known cures for the treatment of everyday problems pertaining to that particular system.

At the end of the Health Program, Earth Trust’s farming personnel conduct a one-day organic farming training on setting up of organic herbal as well as kitchen gardens, imparting knowledge so that each family could be self sufficient in growing their own basic vegetables and herbs for medicinal use.

One day Training programme on Organic / Bio Dynamic (BD) Farming for Primary Health Care Trainee-women  group

Village                   : Doddanny

No. of Participants : 8 ladies

Activities:

  • Video show on  Slow poisoning of India
  • Overview of Earth Trust’s Activities
  • Introduction to Organic & Biodynamic Farming
  • Improvement of soil fertility through measures like biodynamic compost, Vermi-compost, Amrut soil, green manures, mulching, Mixed crop etc
  • Setting up an Organic Kitchen Garden
  • Identification & uses of Medicinal herbs.
  • Practical Session : Farm input Preparation:

              Panchagaviya Preparation & Usage
             Jeevamritham Preparation  & Usage

 

B). The Earth Trust provides Income Generation Programmes (IGP) for rural women to improve their home skills & health issues and help towards their financial improvement. They are given 100 days’ training in Knitting, sewing, embroidery & other craft. When they complete this programme they have the skill to knit & make clothes for their families and can start to generate their own income.

The villages we work with are of farming communities so we take them for exposure visits to organic farming fields where they get awareness about organic farming, health and herbal plants and are encouraged to grow their own kitchen herbal & vegetable garden.

One day Training programme on Organic / BD Farming for IGP women  group

Village                   : Mel Hosahatty

No. of Participants  : 12 ladies

Activities:

  • Video show on  Slow poisoning of India
  • Overview of Earth Trust’s Activities
  • Introduction to Organic & Biodynamic Farming
  • Improvement of soil through fertility measures like biodynamic compost, Vermi-compost, Amrut soil, green manures, mulching, Mixed crop etc
  • Setting up an Organic Kitchen Garden
  • Identification & uses of Medicinal herbs.
  • Practical Session : Farm input Preparation:

              Panchagaviya Preparation & Usage
              Jeevamritham Preparation & Usage
              BD Compost Preparation & Usage

Doddany Village - Input Preparation 2
Doddany Village - Input Preparation 2
Mel Hosahatty - Group members
Mel Hosahatty - Group members
Mel Hosahatty - Training
Mel Hosahatty - Training
Mel Hosahatty - Training 2
Mel Hosahatty - Training 2

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