8,000 Pongamia Seedlings

The energy farming nursery at the Rabgayling Tibetan Settlement is currently growing over 8,000 Pongamia pinnata 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 in South India reach as high as 110ºF. Mature [...]

November 2nd, 2009|Tibetan Settlements|

Planting a Biodiesel Nursery

On March 22nd P.S. Reddy, project manager for the Energy Farming Pilot Project at the Tibetan Rabgayling Settlement, finished the planting of 10,000 seeds of pongamia pinnata. Many members of the project’s founding group were there to assist in the work. Rigden, Rabgayling’s Agricultural Extension Officer, and Himalayan Institute representatives, Kiran and Virat Xavier, all [...]

April 18th, 2009|Energy Farming, India, Tibetan Settlements|

Energy Farming Plants New Seeds

On July 28, 2008, the Himalayan Institute (HI) in Honesdale, PA, hosted Professor Samdhong Rinpoche, prime minister of the Central Tibetan Administration (the official Tibetan government-in-exile). During his visit, Professor Rinpoche met with the leaders of the Himalayan Institute’s humanitarian projects to discuss some of the struggles faced by Tibetans in exile and discover how [...]

April 14th, 2009|India, Tibetan Settlements|