Pongamia pinnata

Grafting Lemon Trees in Mexico (how to blog)

Amanda Masters and her husband, John Daskovsky, spent six months living and working at the Himalayan Institute center in Jonotla, Mexico, before moving to Buffalo, NY, to become the directors of Himalayan Institute Buffalo. "I often think about our time at Himalayan Institute Mexico and everything we learned there," says Amanda. "One of the wonderful things about [...]

July 12th, 2012|India, Mexico|

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|

Energy Farming to Combat Climate Change

Energy farming refers to the sustainable cultivation of crops that provide green energy, most notably biofuel—crops like sunflower, castor, Jatropha, and Pongamia pinnnata. As the cost of petroleum rises, the need for alternative sources of energy becomes more urgent. Energy farming empowers rural farmers to enter into the rapidly expanding alternative energy market. By utilizing [...]

October 15th, 2009|Tibetan Settlements|

Protecting the Pongamia Plantation

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 produce biofuel, which will help to bring jobs and sustainability [...]

September 7th, 2009|Energy Farming, India, Tibetan Settlements|

Preparing the Land

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 the Rabgayling Settlement Farmers Cooperative has been [...]

June 8th, 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|

Himalayan Institute Community Center Update

Cameroon is nothing like you can imagine. If you have ever asked the question “Why Cameroon?” when you hear about the Himalayan Institute Community Center (HICC), the answer lies just as you step off the plane. Vegetation is lush and green in all directions. Off in the distance on the hillsides you can see farmers [...]

June 2nd, 2008|Cameroon|