The Maitreyi Organic Farm certified by Tamil Nadu Organic Certification Department (TNOCD) since 2007 considered equivalent to Council Regulation (EC) No. 834/2007 and Swiss Organic Farming Ordinance for plant product originating in India. The scope of certificate is for Crop production with annual inspections and renewal.
We follow the intercropping and multiple cropping methods. The Maitreyi kitchen sources almost 50% to 60% of its daily requirement from our Bio-farm. Yield and variety depends on season and climatic conditions.
Fruits like Papaya, Banana, Mango, Wood apple (Sapota/Cheeku), Jamun, (Naaval), Sitaphal (Sharifa) and of course the main crop of coconuts. Vegetables like all leafy green varieties, over 12 different types including some with precious medicinal value. General kitchen veggies like tomato, brinjal, ladies finger, flat beans, long beans, the gourd family like bitter gourd, ridge gourd, bottle gourd, snake gourd, ash gourd, pumpkin, cucumbers etc. grow in abundance with careful alternative seasonal planting.
Regular application of farm generated cow-dung, nutrient filled river silt which flows into our mountain brook/stream, leaf ash, neem oil and cow waste spraying, coir pith, growing crops which are nitrogen fixing for the soil and other such sustainable methods are predominantly employed. The farm gets expert consultations from agriculture scientists of TNAU and others.
We avoid hybrid seeds and cultivation of varieties foreign to the soil and season like carrots, cabbage, cauliflower which not only need cooler climate but also are very susceptible to pest and need chemical spraying etc in commercial cultivation.
Panchkavya (both from plant source and the cows/dairy by-products) is manufactured at the farm to use as a nutrient and for effective pest management.
All Maitreyi kitchens & other farm organic waste is systematically introduced into the Compost pit – which yields good quality manure every 7-8 months for the past 5 years.
The Maitreyi Kamdhenu Dairy has over 7 milch animals and 3 baby calves, 2 bullocks for ploughing of the fields. The animals are all indigenous breeds with comparatively lesser (in relation to the Jersey breeds) milk output but of high nutrient and intelligence considered ideal for Ayurveda medical preparations. Most of the fodder grown in our fields and only natural supplements sourced from local markets.