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About Eco villages
 

EcoVillages.IN provides getaway/ weekend homes in an ecologically responsible format. Eco highlights our approach to real estate development comprising of 3 main elements – organic farming, eco-friendly design & construction and local development. Villages signify our selection of project locations to be within 60 MIN time distance from urban centre, well connected -- not too far and not too close (optimized for appreciation of value/investments). IN refers to our buyers/ community members and all other stake holders that are part of this initiative.

Philosophy, Approach and Practices
Organic farming and biodiversity

For over 6 years since its inception, EcoVillages has been practising functional agrobiodiversity in our Ecovillages projects. Eco- friendly development and local inclusion have been closely embraced by us to ensure that completed project will have positive environmental and social impact in the vicinity.

Functional agrobiodiversity refers to those elements of biodiversity on the scale of agricultural fields, or landscapes. These elements will provide ecosystem services to support sustainable agricultural/ horticultural production and can deliver benefits to environment at large.Agriculture/ Horticulture and biodiversity conservation are often described as being in conflict.We consciously, have taken steps to positively contribute to biodiversity, while starting to undertake Agriculture/ Horticulture.All these biodiversity steps, inturn, will increase the agriculturaloutput.

Eco Friendly site development & Green buildings
  • 80% of the site is covered with green cover.
  • All the pathways are being covered with avenue plants cover.
  • All foot paths are being covered with wild flowering plants.
  • We have a policy of night sky pollution reduction. No external light is fixed upward looking.
  • Pumps and motors have minimum BEE 3 stars rating.
  • Smoking is prohibited in all common areas.
  • Bird bath is constructed. Bird perches are used.
  • Separate dust bins are provided for food waste, paper and plastic.
  • There are no existing water bodies in the farm. But water conserving measures like contour building, gully trapping and artificial lake are built.
  • Rain water Harvesting structures are built.
  • Some Rain water harvesting structures are built around the farm in common land with technical cooperation of district administration.
  • Drip irrigation system is used to save water.
  • Internal water audit is conducted. Care is taken to minimize water needs by preferring xerophytic plants.
  • Locally produced stone from our farm land is used for construction of walls along with flyash bricks.Flyash bricks are envirofriendly because otherwise flyash would have been used to land fill.
  • CFL lamps are used.
  • Dual flush cisterns are used whenever possible.
  • Earthen material as recommended by Auro Institute is used for plastering outside.
  • Sand used for filling the foundation is excavated from our farmland.
  • Technique of rat trap bond construction is used whenever possible in the walls construction.
  • Solar garden lights are used.
  • Ready mix cement concrete door frames are used.
Improvement of soil quality
  • Grass & vegetation cover is developed to prevent soil from being eroded by wind or heavy rain. Natural vegetation prevents leaching and removal of the soil.
  • With reduced tillage policy, we are trying to increase soil diversity. Water retention of the soil is increased by increasing humus and decomposed plant material. Mulching is regularly practiced. Soil erosion control measures like no tillage system protection of top soil by growing vegetation, cutting of unwanted plants, and converting them into mulch are undertaken.
  • Documented plan of harvesting garden waste in NADED compost pit and using the said compost after 120 days.
Influence on microclimate
  • To prevent wind damage to our mango orchard, we have planted Neem trees in the wind direction.Flower rich field margins of different native wild flowering plants are created to this effect.
  • Natural topography is not disturbed. Care is taken to include the boulders into proposed public places like gardens and amphitheatre, without disturbing them.
Crop Pollination& Biological Pest Control
  • Creating natural habitat for insect pollinators. Non use of chemicals helps in increasing the number of pollinators.
  • Habitat for predators and raptors that kill pests is selectively increased.
  • Different biological extracts like basil Leaf extract, neem seed extracts, ginger, garlic and chilli extracts are used as organic nutrients to Mango plantation. Basil leaf extracts and Neem seed extract are prepared from our farm itself.
  • We are using Neem Cake, vermi-compost, farmyard manure after composting, panchagavya and amruthajal in our farm.
  • We follow a policy of non-pesticide management. Organic pesticides prepared from Neem and pongamia are preferred and used only when the pests of mango reached economic threshold. Soil nitrogen building species like pongamia are preferred.
  • Lemon gross that can repel mosquitoes are planted around the seating area.
  • Plants are so planned that butterfly host plants are planted on the edges while flowering plants are planted near the pathway. 10% of our landscape is covered with vegetable plants.
Sustenance of Genetic Diversity
  • Important beneficial organisms for Mango are Ladybird beetles, Spiders, Dragon flies. We are occasionally releasing Ladybird beetles procured from National Bureau of Agriculturally Important Insects, Bangalore. We are selectively increasing habitat suitable for ladybird beetles by planting plants of cruciferae and compositae.
  • Cultivars of mango are found along with trees of Neem, Blackberries, coconut, Amla, Dalbergiasissoo, Peltophorum, Ficusreligiosa, Palm trees.
  • Nursery is developed within the site to maintain the younger saplings. Procurement of plant material is done from the nearest nursery to comply with Green landscapes guidelines.
  • Invasive plants like parthenium and lantana are removed.
  • Separate palm garden to provide nesting space for Baya weavers is developed.
  • Existing fauna of the area consists of Peacocks, Rabbits and Wild boars.
  • We are planning to develop medicinal plants garden Amruthavana as advised by FRLHT Bangalore.
  • Policy of planting more than 60% of native species to Deccan region is undertaken. Native species are selected to have different cultivars and different species from the list provided by International institute for energy conservations Ecohousing criteria.
  • Biodiversity index is calculated roughly. There are 8 tree species in addition to many shrubs and wild flowering plants. Many birds, insects and butterflies made Ecovillages their safe haven.
  • We have planted flowering plants like ixora to attract butterflies.
Local inclusion
  • All our manure requirements were procured form local Thanda.
  • Greenery in the common lands of the villages is increased by planting Neem.
  • Local people are provided with employment opportunities.
 

All our practices adhere to Good Agricultural Practises (GAP standards) as defined by F.A.O (Food & Agricultural Organization).Besides, we are trying to follow Surapala’svrikshayurveda,Kashyapa’skrishisuktiparashara’skrishiparashara laid down guidelines as far as feasible.We are following the guidelines of Non pesticide management as well.