Working with Everything Organic nursery in Kavre, KTK-BELT was able to set up fruit, nut, and spice nurseries in Maharaje Learning Grounds (1,400 masl), as a resource center for local farmers. The survival rate of the species planted was 100%, and includes varieties of grapes, almonds, walnut, apple, pears, avocado, macadamia, lavendar, thyme, rosemary, kale, tomatoes, peppers and other species along principles of permaculture design, using organic compost.
In Rangcha (500 masl), a tropical village with many varieties of fruit, bamboo and local staple crops, Wangchu Bhutia worked with local farmers to plant over 150 trees including betel nut, mangosteen, jackfruit, mango, and papaya, as well as clove and other native species species.
Rangcha will be developed into a tropical permaculture garden with hundreds of fruit, vegetable, spice, bamboo and other varieties. In 2017, vermi-compost, solar drying, and solar power technology will be installed. A major seed bank for the eastern region will also be created.
In Takure village (1400 masl), a temperate permaculture farm is being developed with species of lemon, rhododendron, orchids, broom plant, and other native and non-native species planted along permaculture design principles. Barley, a previously grown staple is being revived in the Takure Learning Grounds, which will enable production of local beer.
Rajeev Goyal, Wangchu Bhutia, Kumar Bishwakarma