Category Archive for: ‘Tibetan Settlements’

  • Expansion of Energy Farming Program in South India

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    Due to overwhelming community support, 20,000 more pongamia seedlings are being cultivated in the Tibetan settlements of Rabgayling and Bylakuppe. The plants will be distributed next planting season to local farmers who’ve expressed interest in the Himalayan Institute’s Energy Farming program. These small seedlings represent …

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  • HI Members Plant Pongamia in Bylakuppe Settlement

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    As part of a larger spiritual excursion to some of India’s holiest sites, Himalayan Institute members traveled to the Bylakuppe Tibetan refugee settlement in southern Karnataka. There, in the Institute’s pongamia nursery, they volunteered and strengthened the partnership between the HI and the Central Tibetan …

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  • 2009 Major Activities and Timeline

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    2009 was an exciting and very busy year for the Himalayan Institute Humanitarian Initiatives. Here is a timeline of major events: HI Cameroon, HI & Tibetan Partnership, HI India, HI Mexico January In depth planning trip to Rabgayling Tibetan Settlement in South India to begin …

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  • Khen Rinpoche Visits Honesdale

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    This past month the Himalayan Institute was honored to host Khen Rinpoche Tsetan, abbot of Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in southern India. The Tashi Lhunpo Monastery is the traditional seat of the Panchen Lama who is the 2nd highest ranking lama after the Dalai Lama. Following …

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  • Local Community Shows Support for Energy Farming at the Tibetan Settlements

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    Due to the heavy rains of the monsoon season, the 20-acre Energy Farming demonstration site at the Tibetan Rabgayling Settlement was completely overgrown with grass. This threatened to choke the young Pongamia seedlings which were planted earlier this year. The grass was so tall that …

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  • 8,000 Pongamia Seedlings

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    The Energy Farming nursery at the Tibetan Rabgayling Settlement is currently growing over 8,000 pongamia seedlings. Tending to a nursery of this size requires lots of attention to ensure that the seedlings get the right amount of water, sunlight, and nutrients. During the summer, temperatures …

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  • Energy Farming to Combat Climate Change

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    Energy Farming refers to the sustainable cultivation of crops that provide green energy, most notably biofuel—crops like sunflower, castor, Jatropha, and Pongamia. As the cost of petroleum rises, the need for alternative sources of energy becomes more urgent. Energy Farming empowers rural farmers to enter …

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  • Energy Farming Techniques

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    The Himalayan Institute’s Energy Farming program utilizes organic and biovedic land cultivation techniques. By avoiding chemical fertilizers and pesticides, the Energy Farming program is able to grow healthy crops while improving the fertility of the soil. Some of these techniques that are currently in use …

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  • Protecting the Pongamia Plantation

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    3,500 pongamia seedlings have been planted at the Himalayan Institute Energy Farming demonstration site at the Tibetan Rabgayling Settlement. The seedlings have been doing very well and are now about 3-4 feet tall. Once fully mature, the seeds from these trees will be used to …

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  • Preparing the Land

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    The Himalayan Institute Energy Farming team at the Tibetan Rabgayling Settlement has set to work preparing the land for planting young pongamia seedlings. Currently, the seedlings are doing very well at their nursery where they were planted only a few months ago. A tractor from …

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