Author: Vigyan Ashram (DST core supported blog)

AFP: Open-field trial begins

Open-field trials for Zeba have begun at VA’s Pabal campus. Ranajeet Shanbag (Programme Officer – Agriculture) has selected Cabbage (type: Centra) for conducting this trial. Planting was done on the 25th of November, 2009. Transplanting was done on flat bed by giving azotobacter treatment to all seedlings. Vemicompost is also added to all plots as a basal dose @ 100 Kg /plot . All plots will be watered with drip irrigation system as per crop requirement. Further organic doses for Zeba+ Organic plot will be given as per requirements. Some details: Plot size: 132 sq ft (11 ft *...

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Abundance Farming Project at Vigyan Ashram

The Abundance Farming Project (http://www.abundancefarming.org/) is a social venture based in Portland, Oregon, USA. In the words of founder Paul Osterlund, the AFP seeks to “Offset water scarcity and increase food crop yields and quality for rain-fed farmers in developing economies”. To help marginal farmers achieve this, the AFP seeks to spread the use of Zeba, a unique starch-based, superabsorbent soil additive. Zeba superabsorbent granules mix with the soil and work by absorbing 500 times their mass in water, so when it rains they store water, then between rains, slowly release 95% of the water. Continuing for a year...

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GKN Team Visits Pabal

In the wake of Vigyan Ashram’s success in the Evolve Proposal contest, a GKN team visited Pabal on Tuesday, 27th October. Vigyan Ashram will be carrying forward its Finishing School Programme with support from GKN Sinter Metals. The programme began with Yogesh Kulkarni giving the visiting dignitaries an overview of Vigyan Ashram, and with our vision for the Finishing School. It was followed by a tour of Vigyan Ashram, so the visitiors were able to see VA’s body of work for themselves, and interact directly with VA staff and...

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FabCamp I: 12-16 October 2009

FabCamp I was held at the Vigyan Ashram FabLab from October 12-16, 2009. The camp was intended to be an introduction to FabLabs and computer-controlled cutting for local school-children. 11 students from Bhairavnath Vidyalaya attended the first edition of the FabCamps. Over the course of 5 days, the students used the sign cutter and the laser cutter to work on a variety of simple projects, ranging from labels, to keychains and custom-made t-shirts. The schedule followed was: Introduction to the sign-cutter: Number plates and Name plates Introduction to the laser-cutter: Keychain-making Screen printing Introduction to basic electronics: LED-based torches...

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