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When all trees have been cut down, when all animals have been hunted, when all waters are polluted, when all air is unsafe to breathe, only then will you discover you cannot eat money. - Cree Prophecy

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Tree Natesan

Or should it have been water Natesan? or organic Natesan?? or pioneer Natesan???

This is another of the interesting persons I met in recent past. Just on the outskirts of Madras near redhills (Karanodai) is a heaven created single handedly by Mr.Natesan! He was a successful engineer business man, with flourishing business in cutting tool and other mechanical areas suddenly flirted towards nature and organic farming..so whats new? Only that this happened in early 80s! Now he stands tall as a pioneer and a man of wholesome wisdom with plethora of anecdotes and experience to share.

In those days when water conservation was never understood (soil wasn’t even considered any ways) he shud have been a visionary to concentrate on these aspects and his farm house is a living proof of what he has created. His unique and single handed efforts in increasing the water table with the dozens of checkdams to arrest surface run off of rain water and digging of pits to store rain water is amazing. The bio diversity he has created hence from a barren land and the ingenious ways by which the pits and water holes help irrigate his coconut groves and his much sought after nursery is a big success story. But that doesn’t really say all the pains he underwent when this long journey started. Today he is a much sought after speaker at various forums and is being invited by various govts (recent being Tanzania) and is rightfully the owner of a proud environmental research centre.
The bio diversity, the number of birds that visit his farm or how bamboo caught up there or his unique mulching techniques and soil conservation methods or natural/organic agri methods will not be covered here..One needs to go there to his farm to have a first feel of all that.
What a man..what a trend to set and what a way to stand tall.. such men are hopes and am privileged to visit, watch and share time with such hopes..am delighted, really!

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