Date: 11 May ‘15 - 23rd May ‘15, 13 days
Course instructors: Mansi Shah and Jennifer Rae Pierce
Jennifer Pierce and I taught a course as a part of CEPT summer school- ‘Sustainable living practicum’. Students lived on an organic farm and biodiversity hotspot in the tropical montane rainforest of the western ghats of Coorg. The site is the homestead of two biology doctors - Sujata and Anurag. Course involved working in the plantation, hands-on construction, rainforest trekking, eco films, night treks, learning the biodiversity assessment methods and lectures on sustainability, permaculture and urban agriculture. The first week focused on grasping sustainability and ecosystems, particularly as they relate to agriculture. The second week revolved around hands on activities, constructing onsite, working in the plantation.
The learning objective was to experience the realities of small-scale sustainable living and to rethink what this means for an urbanizing, globalizing Indian cities.
We had great support from the entire team of Rainforest Retreat. Thank you Sujata, Anurag, Maya, Adil, Laurie, Ravi, Muthu and Mytresh. We also thank Jackson Porretta for leading the mud construction and Mr. Vassan for demonstrating beekeeping.
To see the day to day work plan, click here.
Community sustainability: Food, water and waste
Urban Agriculture in India
Pollinators: Bees and Bats
Development vs conservation
Maya and Anurag Goel
Biodiversity of Western Ghats
Alternate and sustainble building methods
Study of micro- ecosystem
Learning sustainable adobe construction
very different transects and included night walk through plantation, birding trek in the wee hours of the morning, trek to Kalur Ridge for overview of the unique shola-grassland ecosystem.
Biodiversity of the western ghats
On the final day, the posters were displayed as an exhibition aganist the backdrop of rich rainforest canopy.
Notes from the students
The awesome 32 students!
Himanshu Suryakant Suthar
Deepu Purnachandra Singh Asheibam
Jigisha Nandkishor Jaiswal
Jyoti Suresh Kumar Verma
Pallavi Prabhakar Kukdolkar
Mayuri Harish Raichur
Prajakta Sanjay Shinde
Tanmay Madhav Vishnu Talak
Anand Vardhaman Ashvinkumar
Ansari Asfiya Ejaz Ahmed
Gadhvi Nirbhay Nikunjkumar
Jayesh Sharad Mahadik
Patel Ami Arvindkumar
Patel Dhruv Harshadkumar
Prajapati Shilpankumar Kalpeshkumar
Turakhia Darshan Jigneshbhai
Gaura Kanval Tikku
Lukose Anna Mariya