Every Naandian is a Farmer!

They are professionals by the weekday and community farmers by the weekend. They grow their own vegetables and fruits, breed their own chicken and raise their own cattle for fresh milk. Apart from this, they engage in nature’s bounty with serene pockets of mini forests, landscaping and water bodies that are habitats for birds, animals, insects and aqua life.

A new-age urban community driven passionately by the ethos of “agro-culture and sustainable organic farming”, Organo has developed India’s Largest collective Organic Farming Community. Thriving on the concept of ‘farm-to-table’, Organo offers its residents the best of both worlds – an urban lifestyle entrenched with the finer nuances of a rural life. The community uses the best of technology and nature for effective and productive organic farming.
Organo is for those who are looking for an alternative urban, self-sustainable and healthy lifestyle, which respects nature and its resources without compromising on their comforts and conveniences. In other words, it is a community where residents live a life connected to the nature.

Spread across 35-acres in the lush green bio-conservation zone of Hyderabad – 9 kms. from APPA Junction on the Himayath Sagar – Chevella Road, it is for those who respect nature’s ways and want to lead a life of selfreliance through a completely sustainable organic way of living.

It has been designed as aholistic farm, where farming It features community farming, personal farming,nursery, animal husbandry,forest plantation, medicinal plantation, aqua farming, api culture etc. Apart from a 16.5-acres community farm dedicated to various fruits and vegetables, every resident will have open spaces in their own farm plot to indulge in their choice of vegetables and fruits. Together, all these greatly benefit the residents in leading a sustainable and healthy lifestyle.

A lot of research and detailing has gone into the design of the project to ensure that it is viable and appropriate for the residents in every which way. A group of passionate architects, organic farming professionals, organic product makers and other experts from diverse and related fields have come together to make Organo a pioneering model that will inspire a whole generation to shift to the organic way of life. It is an earnest attempt to re-establish connection with the lost thread of value systems, indigenous knowledge and technologies native to our land and harmonizing it to today’s necessities. This should be the start of a change that will help in conservation and enhancement of ecology in the surroundings and may be even further, in days to come. It’s all about Pooling!
It is a farmer’s community that shares farming related infrastructure while enjoying the fruits of collective living. The profits of the farms are divided among its members. Collective farming has been successful where it is adopted as a choice in several countries.

At Organo, we explore innovative organic farming methods by employing farming experts, to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness, in addition to enhancing the health of our community and the soil.

Knowledge systems: We have all gone through those phases when we wanted to become farmers or meddle with our home technologies to just run appliances with solar power. But, the maintenance, upkeep, the research time required for being able to do it is not our everyday luxury. Organo solves this with expert care for every indulgence to become self-sustainable.
Grid- free power: To be self-reliable for energy needs is a far off aspiration even for major corporations as the sheer scale involved to be able to do that makes it impractical. This can be solved when more than 50 families come together – a microgrid, sharing power with a backup as the grid power can be established.

Water security: Water is a commodity that is a regional resource. Water management techniques like Rain Water Conservation work efficiently only when applied to a large parcel of land.

Labour management: One of the missions of Organo is to create a secondary income source for farmers and create employment plus skill development in surrounding villages, which give an opportunity to have ample work force to maintain Naandi.

Security: No amount of high-tech security measures can render the same peace of mind that a group of families living together can provide. A sense of belonging to a group provides reassurance to all.

The Role of Therapeutic Food

At Organo, every element of nature – air, water, earth – is harnessed, preserved and nourished.

According to ayurveda, human physiology is a reflection of the laws of the universe, and the more in tune our lives are with nature, the healthier we will be! Our bodies possess the natural intelligence to process foods that are closest to nature, such as fresh whole grains and organically-grown fruits and vegetables. This makes sense when we consider that we have evolved as a species over millions of years eating whole, natural foods. It is just in the last few hundred years that artificial ingredients and toxic pesticides have been introduced into the food chain. It is no wonder that the incidence of cancer has exploded in the last few centuries. When our bodies are thrown out of balance due to long-term exposure to toxins and from living an unhealthy lifestyle, the result is cancer. According to Ayurveda, cancer is one of the most extreme expressions of imbalance in the body. The social and long-term cure for cancer is cleaning up our environment and food chain. The increasing incidences of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Fatigue, Obesity are all the results of consuming compromised and adulterated food. As we sow, so we reap. When we toxify our mother earth, the result is that our bodies become toxic.

Organo understands fully well that the only route to good health is to choose organic, unprocessed foods. At Organo, every element of nature – air, water, earth – is harnessed, preserved and nourished. Methods like Tunnel Drafting and Energy Modelling are implemented in an endeavour to maintain ecological balance. Organic farming is a way of life here. The vegetables, fruits and herbs grown organically ensure good health of the Naandians.

The Power of Agnihotra

Tremendous amount of energy is gathered around the Agnihotra copper pyramid just at Agnihotra time. A magnetic-type field is created, which neutralizes negative energies and reinforces positive energies. – Jaya Prakash, Architect, Vaastu & Energy Expert – FHD Group

Human beings have created problems for themselves with their irresponsible greed for more by looting natural resources and destroying the environment. Our living spaces have become sources of imbalance which then translate into physical, mental and spiritual ill being of its residents.

At Organo, we practise Agnihotra, a simple healing fire (Homa) taken from the ancient Vedic sciences of bio energy, psychotherapy, medicine, agriculture, biogenetics, climate engineering and interplanetary communication.

The process involves the usage of a copper pyramid of a fixed size to light a healing fire. Copper and gold are the only metals prescribed for the pyramid container used for Agnihotra fire which acts as an antidote for all the problems we have created for ourselves and for the whole of nature.

It is a process of purifying the atmosphere through a specially prepared fire with dried cow-dung cakes and putting some grains of rice & ghee into the fire exactly at sunrise and sunset to the accompaniment of two simple mantras. Agnihotra is tuned to the biorhythm corresponding to sunrise/sunset. Agnihotra is practised at regular intervals in Organo.

Tremendous amounts of energy is gathered around the Agnihotra copper pyramid just at Agnihotra time. A magnetic-type field is created, which neutralizes negative energies and reinforces positive energies. Therefore, a positive pattern is created by one who does Agnihotra merely by his/her performance. Agnihotra purifies the atmosphere of pollutants and neutralizes harmful radiation. The resultant atmosphere gives nourishment to plant life.

Agnihotra and Plants: The ghee is thrust into the atmosphere and attaches itself to the molecular structure of the soil, allowing the soil to retain more moisture. Plants grown in Agnihotra atmosphere are better able to withstand droughts. Agnihotra causes a change in the cellular structure of the plant which sends more nutrients to the fruit of the plant and less to the leaves, stem and roots.

Many people have found that the size, taste, texture and yield of fruits and vegetables grown in Agnihotra atmosphere are superior. Performance of Agnihotra in the garden reduces pest problems and organic gardening and farming are made easier by using Homa (healing fire) techniques.

Medicinal properties of Agnihotra: Agnihotra renews the brain cells, revitalizes the skin and purifies the blood. It is the holistic approach to life. Many people who are normally allergic to smoke experience a healing effect by sitting in Agnihotra atmosphere. The healing effects of Agnihotra are locked in the resultant ash. Thousands of people in different parts of the world have experienced wonderful healings of all types of ailments by using Agnihotra ash.

Lost and Found Mission Sparrow at Organo

Remember them? Our gentle little guests! Every morning they would wake us up with a familiar tune. Perched on ledges and lofts, they would hop right inside our houses and in the balconies the whole day, full of life, taking occasional tiny bites from our leftover supper. Nesting on low branches, in our homes and in sheds, they would put a smile on our faces us no matter what. Sparrows have been an integral part of our growing up years.

Knowingly or unknowingly, they’ve been our guests who greet us every day, our family, who share our home and food, our friends who never leave us alone. Their cute and chirpy presence, once a regularity is now a rarity. Once aplenty, now it is hard to find even one in today’s urban environment. All this happened in a span of just a few years.

Sparrows were mostly seen around human habitats. Earlier constructions allowed sparrows to nest in nooks and corners, but modern-day constructions don’t have space for birds. Also, with agricultural land moving away from the city, finding food in the concrete jungle is not easy for them.

Also evidence suggests that heavy vehicular pollution and cell phone tower radiation have impacted their existence. But, the fact that these birds are still seen in the outskirts where there is less pollution and radiation, gives us hope.

Organo aims to bring back the days of the sparrow. It actively supports the concepts of miniforest and little ponds to collect rain water and divert them to small wetlands, where indigenous aquatic plants can shelter and sustain species like the sparrows. For all we know, the little fella may be back for good.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) – the world’s leading authority on biodiversity – estimates that in 2012 – 41% of all amphibians, 33% of all reef-building corals, 25% of all mammals and 13% of all birds are at imminent risk of extinction. Organo pledges to energize biodiversity. The sparrow is back at Organo. Come greet it, today!

The Organo Impact

Sustainability, biodiversity, harnessing natural resources and organic living are the driving principles of Organo.

However, it’s not just within the community, but Organo has made an impact on the neighbouring villages – Aziznagar, Yenkepally and Bakaram – as well. “Ecological balance cannot be achieved in isolation,” says Lakshmi Battula, who is in charge of the farming and animal husbandry at Organo.

“It is important to spread the science of organic farming to the surrounding areas as well. Otherwise, the soil, air and water contamination cannot be undone. Simply because, the chemically polluted air and water have an adverse impact on Organo and may reverse the positive changes brought in the environment by Organic farming. That is why we have taken up the responsibility of creating awareness and sensitizing the farming communities followed by training them in organic farming as well as providing the necessary manure, pesticides and insecticides to the farmers.” That the impact has been tremendous and near perfect is reflected in the mindsets of farmers who have switched to nature’s ways.

“The reason I considered Organic farming is the fact that our soil had become depleted,” explains Tirupati Reddy, “The yield was reducing every year. It worried us because farming is our livelihood and everything will take a beating if our crops get affected. When we heard from one of Organo experts that this happens with prolonged use of chemicals, it was a wake- up call for us. The health benefits of organic yield was secondary at that time because we just wanted to feed our families first. After we started adopting techniques and organic products imparted to us by Organo, our crops have become abundant. The best part is, we don’t have to go looking for a buyer, everything we produce is bought by Organo. For us, it is a win-win situation. In the process, we’re also contributing to nature, and that makes us double happy.”

The Organo farming team visits villages, mobilises the farmers, imparts training in Organo’s fields first to ensure thorough transfer of practices and knowledge which then get implemented by the farmers in their own farms.

“Jeevamrutham, Ghanajeevamrutham, neem cakes and organic pesticides which we have learnt to produce on our own after training at Organo have become our lifelines now,” says Tirupati Reddy.

He adds, “Our lives have improved and our outlook towards environment has undergone a total transformation. But for Organo, we would never have known the damage we were creating with conventional farming. We would blindly use urea and spray chemical pesticides earlier. Our ignorance and greed for increased yield albeit temporary made us adopt harmful processes. No more, now. We will be eternally grateful to Organo for opening our eyes, holding our hands and helping us to walk on the path of nature.”

Tirupati Reddy has in turn spread awareness to others in his community. Most of them turned to Organic farming mainly because of better crops and guaranteed sale. The products needed for organic farming are available at Organo. The ripple effect Organo has created has been increasing each passing day and is there for all to see.

“It is not just farming that benefits from Organic methods,” elaborates Lakshmi, “It also works in favour of cows and goats which feed on organic crops. The meats are also far more healthier and tastier.”

“I never really liked cluster beans,” says Shashibhushan, one of the early Naandians whose favourite hobby is farming, “But now it’s one of my favourite vegetables. Organic vegetables are definitely lot more tastier than the ones we pick up from the supermarket.

“If you eat the papayas from our kitchen garden, you’ll come back asking for more,” Says Madhu Reddy, an avid photographer and the first resident Naandian, “Tomatoes, bottle gourd, karela, taste like heaven. Juicier and tastier. However, the benefits of Organic farming go way beyond great taste. It’s our way of enriching our own lives by returning to nature. The flowers are much more vibrant and richer. The birds thrive in such environs and that’s why you’ll see a vast variety of them.  For every Naandian, especially for a photographer like me, it’s absolute paradise.”

The impact of organo extends from empowering farming communities by imparting organic farming techniques practices, producing organic vegetables, poultry, meats and milk, beekeeping, solar power generation to biodiversity. Organo derives its strength from the assistance of its conglomerate of highly qualified and experienced technical experts & associates from diverse fields.

A Helping Hand In Achieving Sustainability At Organo

One of the keys to Organo’s overall success is in its choice of experts who are involved in several aspects of environmental sciences. One such highly accomplished and regarded consultant is Rahul Bakare. Armed with several qualifications from IIM Calcutta, Michigan State University and University of Pune, Rahul Bakare, CEO & Founder of Urdhvam is the Environmental Sustainability Consultant at Organo.

Urdhvam which when translated means `Reaching Higher’ is a Pune based organization that aims to develop Sustainable Environmental Solutions for modern age problems arising out of urbanization, land use pattern changes, consumptive economy, lack of awareness and overutilization of natural resources.

“When we heard about the project, we were very excited as our vision and mission align with what Organo stood for. At Organo, the biggest missing piece was the understanding of sustainable groundwater based “Water Supply.”
We came in to map the aquifers, analyse the aquifer behaviour, quantification of groundwater resources, storm water generation mapping, recharge of groundwater resources. We not only worked on the groundwater supply augmentation through storm water harvesting strategies, but also on the demand reduction/management side. We used our understanding of farming, water efficient techniques, etc. and helped Organo reduce water consumption,” explains Rahul.

In Rahul’s rich experience and exposure, Organo happens to stand apart from the rest. Some of the reasons, according to Rahul, are, “Organo as a layout has taken into consideration water and nutrient cycles and have tried to close both these loops locally. Most of the Architects and Developers do not look at these cycles seriously and are only money minded.

The team at Organo was completely opposite and their design and implementation is value based. I have not seen such layout which thinks things through from environment perspective and makes it a “closed loop system” including energy, water, nutrients, solid-liquid waste, organic, bio-mass, culture, etc.”

In spite of having seen several projects on the same lines, for Rahul “Organo would be a dream home if I could afford it.” He feels very strongly for the need of more such endeavours in the world. “Most of the modern western education based real estate developments are “Linear Systems” which are exploit-use-pollute but Organo has made it a “Closed Loop” system which is having smaller Carbon, Energy & Water footprint and hence less polluting than other layouts. This sort of value based development of land should be made mandatory in the real estate industry for long term sustainability.”

We Farm Collectively At Organo!

It is a farmer’s community that shares farming related infrastructure, while enjoying the fruits of collective living. The profits of the farms are divided among its members. Collective farming has been successful where it is adopted as a choice in several countries.

At Organo, we explore innovative organic farming methods by employing farming experts, to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness, in addition to enhancing the health of our community and the soil.

Pooling Of Knowledge Systems:

We have all had those spurts of phases when we wanted to become farmers or meddle with our home technologies to just run appliances with solar power. But, the maintenance, upkeep, the research time required for being able to do it is not our everyday luxury.

Organo solves this with expert care for every indulgence to become self-sustainable.

Grid- free power:

To be self-reliable for energy needs is a far off aspiration even for major corporations as the sheer scale involved to be able to do that makes it impractical. This can be solved when more than 50 families come together a microgrid, sharing power with a backup as the grid power can be established.

Water security:

Water is a commodity that is a regional resource. Water management techniques like rain water conservation work efficiently only when applied to a large parcel of land.

Labor management:

Indulgences like farm living need a workforce to maintain continuity in farming. With a structured workforce that has an organized pay structure Organo manages to have a workforce that is reliable.

Security:

No amount of high tech security measures can render the same peace of mind that a group of families living together can provide. A sense of belonging to a group provides reassurance to all.

Organo’s Alternate Living

If there is one word that explains Organo’s alternate lifestyle it is ”Rurban” – a word coined by Organo! The word rurban (rural+urban) refers to a geographic territory or a landscape which possesses the economic characteristics and lifestyles of an Urban area, while retaining its essential Rural area features. Simply put – Rurban denotes best of both the worlds.

The advantages of urban life combined with the goodness of rural living. The benefits of technological advancements and the virtues of belonging to a community. Goodbye isolation. Welcome collective living.

Organo’s essence lies in its community. Everything, just about every asset and every responsibility is shared. That’s the beauty of it. While the farm units belong to the individuals where the space is private and personal, the rest of the property belongs to the community as a whole. Nobody is ever lonely, even if they are alone at times. Life is full of natural wonders.

Naandians believe that emancipation lies in reversing this cycle of ‘taking’ to ‘giving back’ to create a balance. ‘Naandi’ is a beginning to achieve this balance. The Naandi paradigm of building communities is also sustainable as it moves from a consumer mindset to a producer’s.

In the middle of intense urban development, corporatization and fast-paced lifestyle, comes a new way of life. A life we’ve long forgotten. A life that connects past with the present. A life that is vital not just for our future but for the future of the Earth and humanity in general. Presenting Organo – for the passionate and for the conscious.

Organo’s Journey To Becoming A Net Zero Community – Vishvas Ghawate

Vishvas Ghawate, a Pune denizen, is a Civil Engineer by profession with a 15 year track record in the Irrigation industry.

His core focus is the effective use of water with respect to planning, design, execution and maintenance.

“I was deeply influenced by Chanakya’s quote – A man is great by deeds, not by birth – when I was 20. As I grew up, I become more passionate about our society, surroundings and nature. While earning money and gaining knowledge in professional life, one should be always in touch with nature and should always give back in whatever way we can, even if it is small,” expresses Vishvas who is currently a partner with AVG Sustainable Green Solutions LLP, a company that is committed to clear sustainable development with plants and water.

Vishvas is an expert consultant engaged with Horticulture and Irrigation activities such as planning, consultancy, development, project management and aftercare, watershed management, green belt development, farm development, nature trail and development, ravine beatification, green belt development, slope protection, organic farming, soil bioengineering and automated Irrigation.

Curiosity led him to Organo. “When I learnt the details of this project, I was deeply drawn towards its main motto – An organization for change. The fact that the project is well supported by passionate promoters who believe in urban, yet sustainable lifestyle which connects people of this community to nature, added impetus to my interest in becoming a part of it,” explains Vishvas, “Basically the area where Organo is located, receives very less rainfall in a year. The water available serves only the drinking purpose. As such, groundwater is the only option for farming and other purposes. But this option also has very limited volume as the water table in this region is lower than the normal range. Every Drop of Water is Countable.”

“While developing a Rurban lifestyle for people, the main motto is Net Zero,” elaborates Vishvas, “Which essentially means whatever elements like water, energy we receive from nature, we need to return by different ways to the nature. This is not an easy task as the logistics and economics are to be taken into consideration.”

But then where there is a strong will, there has to be a way. With the support of conscientious promoters, Vishvas has succeeded in translating their vision into reality.

Vishvas deals with Water, so his challenge was in reducing the requirement of water to the minimum and to ensure that every drop used is reused and recycled. “In short whoever is the end user needs to have awareness and be sensitive about water usage and its importance,” describes Vishvas, “To achieve this, we collected all hydraulic baseline data of this project which involves extensive detailing of all the water requirement of this project, existing cropping patterns, farming practices, rainfall data, existing and upcoming water uses. All this was done by maintaining the Net Zero Concept of the Project.”

The promoters initiated ground water table survey under detailed hydro geological survey to understand the specific figures of ground water table. In short, engineering figures in terms of availability, yield uses, reuse, and recycle- Net Demand vs. Net Supply had to be handled efficiently.

Keeping in line with the Net Zero concept, Vishvas introduced measures like water shade management and rainwater harvesting activities in and around Organo. “Natural Ponds, CCT, rainwater harvesting, water recharge borewell are all part of the plan, designed and executed to increase existing ground water table. We worked out specific irrigation water requirement, tried different drip irrigation options with different materials for practical maintenance. Plantation patterns were changed whenever needed, native plantation was adopted. Lawn area is almost 0% in this project. This is normally not seen in such large residential projects all over India,” he adds.

Drip Irrigation System is designed to ensure optimum use of water to the green areas. All the recycled water is supplied to the green areas. Also, automation has been incorporated for effective Irrigation System.

Usually, in such large scale projects, Irrigation systems get installed in later stages, but in Organo, every required water drop is calculated, supplied, measured and recorded for long term efficacy.

In short, every person engaged with the project, be it staff, labour, promoters, service providers or residents, every single person is well aware of the exact quantity of available water.

This makes them conscious and aware of the need to conserve water and prevent wastage. The Gen Next at Organo are also well aware and have been sensitized to water conservation and net zero concept. That in itself is a feat that has been accomplished by Team Organo!

Organo Principles

The Genesis

Organo is the brainchild of The Navira Team. Founded and named after – Nagesh, Vijaya and Raj – directors of the FHD group, one of India’s leading design firms. Organo was started with a shared vision to provide an authentic living to people today, a life that not only is technologically progressive but one which revives cultures and brings people together. Passion for ‘change’ in the society today as well as in the ways of the industry is the primordial force that pushed the team of Navira to start a group that can redefine the rules of the game.
Also, having been in very close quarters to the construction industry and watching the growth spurt of Hyderabad, protecting the bio-conservation zone has been of paramount importance to the Navira team. That’s what inspired them to form a community of people to own it, to enjoy living close to the elements, to create a force to protect it. Thus, Organo was born.

The Organo Principle

Seven Strands Of Sustainable Living

Sustainability is on the top of priority list for many organisations and this is especially true at Naandi. It isn’t a part of the work; it’s the guiding principle for all the work. At Organo, sustainability is based on a simple principle: Everything we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. To pursue sustainability is to create and maintain the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony to support present and future generations. The driving belief is that the choices we make as individuals, within our local communities, and at the state and national levels, impact the condition of our environment. Organo’s primary and end endeavour is to protect air, water, land and ecological systems to safeguard individual health and foster a sustainable future. In order to reduce environmental footprint, energy footprint and community’s footprint, Organo has identified seven different aspects of Sustainability called Saptha Patha.

The Saptha Pathas maintain a dynamic balance and harmonize nature’s grand symphony. Organo seamlessly integrates these seven strands of sustainable living – Food, Water, Earth, Energy, Shelter, Air and People.It has taken several years of research, development, trials and dead ends for Team Organo to make a breakthrough and arrive at the seven cycles. Each cycle has its own sustainable aspects; all the cycles are interlinked and flow naturally into each other.

Food Cycle : The `how’ part of food production is most important for us Naandians. We use natural methods to produce food organically. At the same time we use the waste from the animals and organic waste from the living for farming. These wastes from the farming are used for the animal fodder. That’s how the cycle is kept in motion.
Indigenous methods of cultivation like companion cropping and permaculture have helped us devise sustainable methods of food production. Our association with Art of Living agri trust has enriched our knowledge and expertise in the area.

Several time – consuming methods like filling up the top surface with coconut fibre to facilitate water absorption and retention for the arid soil have helped us rise above natural limitations and emerge triumphant in food production.

Water Cycle – We conserve and recycle water and at the same time utilise the natural resources like rainwater and recharging aquifers. The aquifers or artificially created aquifers collect the rainwater and then we use that throughout the year for farming and the living.

Naandi is located on a high terrain area where the water was draining out of the site. The tilt of the land was towards North-South to South-West and North to North East. The main source of water is rain water and ground water. In order to make the best of the situation, contour trenches were created that helped water spread evenly along the site. Swails and ponds with a capacity of 20 lakh litres of water were strategically located at central points so that the water level is maintained during summer season. Additionally, 25 lakh litres of water were harvested using the storm water design. In order to meet the requirement of 60,000 litres of water, several storage methods were used. In the first year of the project, it was net zero in terms of water usage.
Energy Cycle – Organo harnesses solar power. Sun is the natural resource for this energy. So this is being produced and is being shared between these residences so that any variation in the load will be taken care of by the solar panels. There is an off grid system that is separated from the main government grid. The villas produce around 700 KW of solar power. The solar panel is connected to all the appliances. The energy requirement was carefully calculated according to each appliance and arrived at 10 KW per villa which requires 800 sft. space on every roof. Every appliance is built in as a part of the architectural design.

Biogas plant produces around 24 KW of Methane which is used for energy production. The wastage is used as a fertiliser for crops.

Earth Cycle- Another aspect is the soil. For farming, Permaculture method was implemented in which different crops, plants and trees are cultivated together so that they complement each other in terms of water usage and nutrition.
Then there is aqua culture, where the fish clean up the ponds and the water is used for farming and other purposes. The smaller pond areas retain certain amount of water throughout in which medicinal plants are grown.
The villas are arranged around the farmland in such a way that they will always face the farmland. At the same time, this will facilitate interaction between the residents and the farmers. A pathway is created where residents will be able to walk and understand how the food is produced.

Naandi also rears cow, guinea pig, goats, sheep, chicken and turkeys for the usage of the residents. The animal husbandry wastage is used for the biogas reactor and pest control. The wastage in farming is used as fodder for the animals. Dry leaves are used by the cattle and their manure goes back into replenishing soil.
An interesting aspect about farming is that the kitchen garden behind every villa encourages small scale farming at an individual level. Besides giving the residents the pleasure of growing their own vegetables, it also provides good nutrition. Needless to mention, the economic advantages of not having to spend money on vegetables.
Shelter- Another distinct model of sustainability is the Club House, which happens to be one of India’s largest bamboo structures. The structure – from the columns to the roof frames – was designed and erected meticulously. Besides all day dining restaurant, it also houses multi function spaces inside. This is the space for Naandians to share their special recipes, participate in festivals, celebrate special occasions, listen to spiritual discourses etc. The swimming pool next to it is a bio pond which has aquaculture that cleans the pond naturally.
Air Cycle- Natural air is cooled down below the earth’s surface as a means of air conditioning by means of Tunnel Draft system which is used to cool the interiors of the villas. A huge tunnel draft pipe runs all around as a ring and there is the air inlet chamber where the air is sucked into these pipes. There are pipes of 900 diameters on the lower level which you can access through the manholes in the upper levels; there is a connection in the above ground level. The tunnel is 5 meters below the ground and by using the geothermal condition the air inside will automatically cool down. The cool air is taken through the inlet chambers and let inside each villa through different AHU units that are exclusively allocated for this purpose. It also involves UV lamps and germs and insects and keep the clean air going inside the house.

People – The welfare and the health care of the Naandians is of utmost importance to us. Being surrounded by bio-diverse forest and medicinal plants helps every resident inhale good health passively and actively. Your morning walks become your highways to healthy routine. At the same time, your kitchen garden encourages you to develop your farming skills. The exchange of art, culture and spiritual practices automatically fosters a sense of well being and sharing. Naandians bring back their cultural values into the system. Community living is encouraged with a common pool of resources. Every Naandian has a role to play in the kitchen and the social activities.