Kokan is a land of natural and cultural abundance. Permaculture as we know it in India has existed for decades or perhaps more in places like Kokan which is a rich, diverse belt of coastal Maharashtra located between Arabian sea and Sahyadri Mountains of western ghats.Kokan Permaculture is the initiative focussing on permaculture education, research and practice. Founders of this initiative derived a major part of their education, experience, and knowledge from the Kokan region.
We are beginning with the complete PDC extending over 4 months (online classroom sessions on weekends and 7-days field session). We will also be starting with 2-days Introduction to Permaculture sessions every month soon. We have 2 farms for demonstrations- one at Murbad, Thane and one at Nate, Ratnagiri where we have been working for the last 20 years. Our consultancy project sites at Shahapur, Thane offer excellent opportunities for field sessions during PDC.
We intend to focus our research on native leguminous trees to be evaluated as support species, combinations of crop plants suitable for different seasons for coastal region, propagating and maintaining varieties of roots, tubers and beans which are cultivated traditionally in this region, cultivation techniques for rock outcrops in this region, etc.