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Dear Supporter,
With your help the seasonal rhythms on the farm near Vadagarampoondi have proceeded satisfactorily if not always smoothly. Severe rainfall and flooding in Tamil Nadu in late 2010 caused smaller yields of millet, vegetables and other crops, but even so neighbouring farmers have commented on the quality of the organically grown crops. The Indian government have given flood relief grants to farmers according to crops and acreage.  SHATI received about £55. The bamboos mentioned in Newsletter 9 also suffered, but the horticultural inspectors have understood why and they have completed the payment of the bamboo grant.

All that rain was very good for filling the well and the new percolation pond, which by raising the water table for a radius of up to 500 meters has already benefited several surrounding farms as well, and decreased soil erosion and water loss to the river. One hundred and fifty multi-purpose Palmyra trees have been planted around the pond to help stabilize the banks, along with eight new special coconut palms. Bunding and hedge planting is now ongoing work around the 1.68 acres in which the pond lies. Only when this is completed will it be filled with a rich variety of healing plants of all sizes.

This year the hottest driest months have been blessed with some rain which does not always occur at this time, so planting of field crops and a steady harvesting of vegetable is going well. One of the most important activities based on the farm is the collecting and distribution of traditional seeds to the farmers in the targeted villages. Sixteen varieties, including pulses, vegetables, millets, herbs and trees have been distributed over the year to 58 farmers. Some of them have `returned` a proportion of seeds harvested from the plants grown from the gifted seeds, thus building up a seed `library` for even wider distribution.

Dr Balasubramani has retired after six faithful years of voluntary service, conducting the twice-monthly homoeopathy clinics in Vadagarampoondi and surrounding villages. Each clinic day he travelled by four buses the 160km return journey from his city home to our remote area where health care is not easily accessible. Before retiring he made sure there was some one to take his place, and so we welcome Dr Jeevanantham, a young BHMS (Batchelor of Homoeopathic Medicine and Surgery) graduate, who travels even further each time!  Dr Jeeva is now treating around ten patients each visit, and is already popular in the village.

 

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