GRAMPARI HITS THE ROAD!

After many phone calls, showroom visits, dealer discussion and internet hunting, Grampari finally has its own vehicles! We recently purchased a 9 seater Mahindra Bolero with a substantial discount due to the charitable registration of ‘Friends of MRA’ . The vehicle is registered and insured and we’ve taken it for several village visits and even to Baramati so far. We…

Organic Garden at Grampari

We’ve started round 2 of our organic garden at Grampari!  This year’s menu includes tomatoes, chillies, onions, garlic, eggplants and cabbages!  The tomato seedlings we’ve transplanted to the garden are volunteer plants that just popped up around the edges of the field: free and locally adapted! The purpose of this organic garden is not just…

In pursuit of vermicompost

Our ongoing quest to secure vermicompost for the Organic Vegetable Garden (OVG) at Grampari started seeing results! A student in one of Grampari’s sewing classes, Aparna, invited us to her village, Rajapuri, to see her family’s vermicompost set-up. Five team members and the sewing class girls from Rajapuri hopped in the Bolero for an impromptu…

“The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once”

A lot has happened on the watershed programme front in the last few months, from helping mobilize the villages of Taighat and Pachputewadi to facilitating a watershed and village mapping meeting with agricultural officers and residents of Abhepuri. We had the Block Development Officer of Mahabaleshwar area asking Grampari to host a planning meeting for…

Revisiting the spring boxes of Pachputewadi

After the last spring box construction seven months ago at Pachputewadi, the villagers revisited some of the existing traditional spring boxes and renovated them to increase their water capacity and to prolong the supply of water until February and March. It was not just about extracting more water but also digging some contour trenches to…

Tree basin to capture rain water

When trees are cut, grasses are burnt and overgrazed and essential nutrients washed away the lands get degraded and important microbes die out which sustains the functioning of the ecosystem. Man is changing the landscape more dramatically then what he had done before. Thus humans must intervene and reverse this ecological damage through appropriate management techniques such as rainwater harvesting.  Harvesting…

Have look at the new Sand dam – Taighat

The last update on the Taighat spring protection was on Dec 2011,  and finally this year it has come to completion.  Well now just waiting for the rains and humming my own version of “Rain Rain (don’t) go away!!” to fill in the tanks. Rain Rain please come again!! Don’t go down the drain but fill behind…

Our first Marathi report on protection of spring boxes in Pachputewadi

सार्वजनिक वितरणाचे सरंक्षण पाचपुतेवाडी, तालुका:वाई, जिल्हा:सातारा, महाराष्ट्र, भारत रिपोर्ट : रेनी थोमस, भूगर्भशास्त्रज्ञ जारेड बोनो, पी.एच.डी, जळतज्ञ पार्श्वभूमी आणि परिचय :- अभेपुरी ग्रामपंचायत, तालुका: वाई, जिल्हा: सातारा मधील पाचपुतेवाडी ही चारशे लोकांची वस्ती असलेली वाडी आहे. परमपरेने शेती करणाऱ्या या वस्तीची सर्वात मोठी समस्या म्हणजे घरकामा साठी आवश्यक पाण्याची उणीव. या वाडीसाठी पाण्याचा उपलब्ध असलेला…