M.Sc. Environment and Natural Resources, Kathmandu University
Everything Organic Nursery is located in nearly 43 kilometers away from Kathmandu Valley in Patalekhet Village of Kavre District. The organic farm was established in 2010 by Judith (Oma) Chase and Jim Danisch. The farm is located in twenty-five ropanis of land in an undisturbed site away just beneath the forest to avoid the impact of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Primarily, the organic farm was established to identify the rural livelihood and using it to enhance organic farming with new approached and materials. In addition to this, they provide training on organic farming, sell grafted trees and vegetable seeds.
Everything organic is an ideal place to learn about bio-intensive organic methods which is very famous in California, USA. Bio-intensive organic farming is important because it increases yield as well as produces healthy vegetables, fruits, berries, nuts, among others. It is a kind of traditional organic farming that uses compost prepared from kitchen waste, leaf litters, and other gardening remnants. Bio-intensive process was initiated by Rudolph Steiner, an Austrian Philosopher. which he combined it with French intensive in Paris around 100 years. French intensive involves deep digging to intensify the production in a small area. For around 35 years John Jeavons from California had been integrating bio-intensive process and demonstrated that it is very effective in increasing production compared to chemical fertilizers. He has provided detailed information about bio- intensive farming in his book How to Grow More Vegetables.
This organic farm also focusses on soil enrichment and nutrient enrichment. Several approaches are followed to increase yield and control pests. Some of the measure taken for soil enrichment are Kirako Timiri –confusing insects by planting variety of vegetables within a small land area, Sheet Composting–leaf litters were placed alternately in between soil allowing aeration, and Development of Geevatu. a microorganism to prevent fungal and bacterial manifestation. Some other practice involves application of ash, neem oil, pinna (leftover of mustard seed after the oil is extracted), bone meal (boiled and crushed animal bone for phosphorus), etc.