One of our main objectives is to become completely self-sufficient while utilizing only environmentally friendly methods. In order to achieve that goal, naturally we need to be able to produce all of our own food. Every year we extend the varieties of produce from our fields as we continually experiment and try to grow every single part of our daily nutritional needs. To date, we have mastered the art of growing a large variety of vegetables (such as, tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, eggplant, cauliflower, spinach and so much more), fruits, beans, wheat, corn, sunflower (for oil). As we continue experimenting, we hope to also be able to provide our community with locally grown rice, sugar made of sorghum and other such staples.
In order to ensure that none of our agricultural endeavors harm the natural environment around us, we employ only environmentally friendly methods. To supplement soil nutrients in our vegetable and flower gardens, we use cow manure from our cowshed mixed with compost from the garden. For pest-control, we use the technique of coupling and we spray our plants with solutions made from herbs, making sure our agriculture is chemical-free. We rotate our crops and try to do most of the agricultural work using oxen-power thus reducing the need to use heavy machinery and burdening the environment.
The animals graze on our ecologically managed pastures and are protected until the end of their lives. As a result of the care they receive, we are witness to phenomena that are unheard of in industrialized dairy farms, such as heifers giving milk and lactation periods remarkably longer than expected. Moreover, our cattle live unusually long lives here.
One of the main criteria of ecological sustainability is to protect the natural habitats of local species, thus maintaining a thriving biodiversity. Thanks to 22 years of organic farming and environmentally friendly technologies, where there were meagre pastures and wide spanses of lands damaged by the plough over decades of cultivation, we now see the original habitats regenerating. We try to maintain this auspicious process by preserving the hydrophilous flora next to our streams and ponds; we plant forests of native varieties of trees, while reducing the proportion of the non-native locust-tree; we reintroduce the native grass fields, and we use ox-power to cut them. In recent years we recorded many formerly absent species that had returned, and every year there is an increasing number of different species of birds.
While much has been achieved through our organic, ecological farming methods, still much more is yet ahead of us. Therefore, agriculture continues to be one of our ongoing fields for improvement. Through agriculture, we hope to not merely produce all of our food but also all of our clothing, furniture, dinning wear and much more. This can be achieved by growing cotton, bamboo and more. These goals will continue to remain in the center of our activities and very much alive as even after we will have accomplished what we set out to do, such gains will require ongoing effort to maintain them.