Yearly Archives: 2010

New Residents at HI Mexico: Chickens!

For the first time, a Himalayan Institute Energy Farming program has integrated chickens into its organic farming model. They are especially appropriate in Mexico where most families keep chickens. HI Mexico will help families learn how to take full advantage of these valuable animals, who provide eggs, organic manure and pest control on the farm. [...]

August 23rd, 2010|Energy Farming, Mexico|

Going Green in Jonotla

Himalayan Institute Mexico’s demonstration farm now features a brand-new greenhouse. Constructed of high-grade plastic sheeting stretched over a frame of locally grown bamboo, the greenhouse will provide a controlled environment for nursing herbs and vegetable seedlings, growing specialty crops like vanilla, and extending the growing season for staple foods such as tomatoes, which cannot grow [...]

August 17th, 2010|Mexico|

Energy Farming for a Healthier Africa

The Himalayan Institute Cameroon Energy Farming campus in Kishong Village is supporting the Total Health Program with new ingredients for medicinal formulations. Most recently, Energy Farming Program Leader Lilian Gupie organized a harvest of calendula flowers. Back at the Community Center in Kumbo, the flowers will be dried and processed. They can then be combined [...]

July 27th, 2010|Cameroon|

Kumbo Public Library

Thanks to word-of-mouth advertising by a group of avid readers, the Kumbo Public Library has become a cultural focus of the surrounding community, especially among school-age children. Given its location, it was only a matter of time before secondary school students started taking advantage of the library. Each day, hundreds of students walk past the [...]

July 19th, 2010|Cameroon|

Energy Farming Tiller Service Program Comes to Wasi Village

Himalayan Institute Cameroon is bringing modern agriculture to rural villages with its power tiller service program. Miles from the nearest paved road, amid the grass fields of the Mbar Mountain basin, lies unassuming Wasi Village. Throughout most of the year, the market square remains quiet. Subsistence farming predominates and families struggle to send their children [...]

July 13th, 2010|Cameroon|

17 Students Graduate from First Month Long Training Course in Sustainable Organic Agriculture

With the graduation of 17 students from the first month-long intensive training program in Sustainable and Organic Agriculture, the Himalayan Institute Mexico is on the way to fulfilling its mission of creating a lasting change in the lives of farmers in the Sierra Norte. True sustainability as an organization means having a strong local infrastructure [...]

July 1st, 2010|Energy Farming, Mexico|

Expansion of Energy Farming Program in South India

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 the start of a new sustainable industry for the Tibetans [...]

June 28th, 2010|Energy Farming, Tibetan Settlements|

Total Health Workshop for Women

Himalayan Institute Cameroon's Total Health Center hosted a workshop that focused on hygiene and sanitation awareness and how to improve health in homes and villages—250 women came from several nearby villages. Eucharia Kouh, Total Health Program Leader, presented a holistic approach to addressing hygiene and the common problems caused by sanitary concerns. In addition, she discussed [...]

June 22nd, 2010|Cameroon|

HI Members Plant Pongamia in Bylakuppe Settlement

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 Administration (CTA), Tibet’s government-in-exile. The group toured the settlement’s Energy [...]

June 7th, 2010|Energy Farming, Excursions, India, Tibetan Settlements|

Himalayan Institute Mexico’s First Month-Long Organic Agriculture Training Course

Class began on June 1 for Himalayan Institute Mexico’s first intensive training course on sustainable agriculture techniques. There were 18 students, ages 18 to 41, enrolled in the month-long course, which will meet for four hours every weekday in June. Each day will begin with two hours of theory and scientific background, which will be [...]

June 2nd, 2010|Mexico|