In 2017, we started this initiative to collect, cultivate, multiply and propagate our rich bio-diversified indigenous and native varieties of vegetable & crops of India. Our vision is to restore and popularize our vast diversified heirloom varieties of vegetables and crops among Indian farmers and home gardeners.
We believe that every farmer should have their own native seed bank in his farm which would make his farm self sustainable. We collected close to 180 rare and indigenous vegetable seed varieties in a very short span of time. We would like to thank local farmers and other like minded friends who helped us in our seed collection journey which has just began.
We started the heirloom vegetable farm in 20 cents of land at our backyard farm. We collected seeds from native seed savers and seed banks across India. With the very minimal seeds obtained per variety, we raised the garden from saplings and direct sowing.Since all these seeds were native varieties, they adapted well to our local environment and grew well than our expectation. We harvested the entire batch for seeds and started distributing these native varieties to interested home gardeners and farmers across India.
In continuation to our effort to collect and distribute native seeds, we always longed to build a natural building for storing the seeds using indigenous storage techniques practiced in India for ages. As result, we started our first Community Seed Bank project in June 2017 in association with Thannal Hand Sculpted Home (www.thannal.com) who volunteered to design and build for us at our farm in Tamil Nadu
To learn more about the CSB project, refer this link: https://manvasanai.in/our-programs/community-seed-bank-for-native-seeds/