Permaculture Consultation & Design
Native Forest Design & Implementation
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.– Chinese Proverb
Wildlife pond design & implementation
मौलिक आणि निशिता सारखे मैत्र, आपल्याला वरील श्लोक समजावून देण्यासाठीच अवतरित झाले आहेत. त्यांचा अतिशय सजग अभ्यास आणि खोलात जाऊन काम साध्य करण्याची वृत्ती मला अतिशय भावते, या पुढे हि त्यांच्या समवेत काम करायला मला अतिशय आवडेल. उभयतांना पुढील सर्व प्रकल्पांसाठी हार्दिक शुभेच्छा 🌺🌿Mr. Umesh Shinde, Abhiyanta
Idea of taking up a project of Cultivated Forest was realised in talking to Maulik Dave. A planned, systematic approach coupled with diligent efforts by Maulik resulted in successful completion of “Minivet Project”. The trees are now a home to various birds, bees and insects. Life is blooming at Minivet with growth of forest. We, team Abhiyanta are thankful to Maulik Dave!!Mrs. Anjali Tengshe, Abhiyanta
We had a dream. One of creating a dense forest within the farm. There were challenges galore.Aditi and Yogesh, Majgaon, Velvandi Valley
For the past few years, we had been planting anywhere between 500-1,000 trees each year around the periphery. All of them were native trees. But survival rate wasn’t all that great. Those which survived, did not grow much.
In March 2021, we sought help from Maulik and Nishita to help us make our dream come true. Over the next few weeks, they made several trips to the farm to study the topography, soil quality and feasibility of the project. Eventually they finalised a 7 guntha plot for the project. Maulik worked on the design of the over next few days and took me through it. He had worked on every minute detail. Since the forest was to come up on a slope, he designed it on multiple levels. This was to ensure that all the plants get equal amount of water and nutrients. The project was designed along the lines of Miyawaki technique where saplings are planted barely two feet apart.
Maulik and Nishita also identified a list of native trees that will survive well in our environment. They gave us a list of nurseries that would be able to deliver the plants. We decided to go with Shri Ganesh Nursery in Saswad.
Then began the earthworks by a team of dedicated artisans identified and trained by Maulik and Nishita. The team led by Hanu Dada knew the drill and were exceptionally efficient. In about a month, the ground rich with nutrients was ready to take in about 1,300 native saplings. The project also had a keyhole garden that had fruit bearing plants and aromatic flowering shrubs.
Once the monsoons hit the Western Ghats, saplings arrived and team led by Hanu Dada meticulously put them in the ground. During plantation, Maulik and Nishita had bunched the saplings in such a manner that each one of the sub plots had at least one of each variety.
It’s been little over five months since the project has been executed. It’s flourishing and thriving. Some of them have grown by 3-4 feet. Fruit trees have started flowering. Evenings at the farm are now pleasant with Raat Rani blooming. Birds can be heard chirping inside the forest.
Our dream has finally come true, thanks to Maulik and Nishita.