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Calling friends of Gaia Grid!

With your massive support so far, we have been able to

1. Finish working on a small shelter on the land
2. Create contour bunds totalling more than 500 metres
3. Create water catchment ponds that can hold more than 2,00,000 litres of water, but more importantly help recharge the ground water
4. Start planting trees
5. Host participants who help with the conservation efforts 

Additionally, your contributions have also facilitated the day to day operation of the project for which we are immensely thankful!!
These small steps help us physically realise the dream of a self-sustainable future. 

We are creating this page to facilitate continued fundraising for Gaia Grid so that our work may go on and enable more individuals to contribute their time and energy to conservation work.

If you or anyone you know believes in the work we are doing and would like to contribute, we would be thrilled! 

Your contributions continue to enable us in managing our day to day work and slowly but surely help grow Gaia Grid.

Goes without saying that we continue to share regular stories and updates from the land!

Lots of love! 

Since we started in November 2016, we've constantly hosted participants and worked one step at a time toward our goal of self-sustainable living. We've received the unconditional love and support of super generous souls and that support has enabled us to carry on with our work. Here we share some pictures from the land that will give you an idea of how it looks now, after 6 months of work. We’ve already started bringing back a lot of rainwater to the ground and restore the green cover. In addition, we’ve planted numerous trees and have established a vegetable garden. We finished construction of a tool room, which for now doubles up as a shelter. In the coming months, we would continue working on the conservation work and funds permitting, excavate a bore well to enable us to have permanent supply of water. Our catchment ponds and water conservation structures would continue recharging the local aquifer. We are also on our way to be power efficient with the installation of our first solar panel that’ll be used to light the farm and will also enable us to charge phones and laptops when required. To continue supporting us, please consider making a financial contribution and visiting us on the farm! We hope you enjoy the pictures and we would love to hear from you!!

1. Catchment ponds we dug before monsoon are now full !!!

2. A view from the top of the land, another catchment pond filling up with rain water

3. A small vegetable garden we created

4. More camping spaces coming up!

5. Many hands make light work! 

6. Cabbage, okhra, spinach - from our very own vegetable garden!

7. Back when we had started working on the tool room roof. Now it doubles up as a shelter!
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9th November 2017
Dear family,

I'd like to start by saying Thank You. We've completed a year of Gaia Grid and I don't think any of this would be possible without you.

So what has happened on the grid recently?

Well, biggest news first - we finished constructing the shed extension; something that really needed to be done in order to expand the living space, accommodate more volunteers, relocate the kitchen, tool shed and start establishing community space. And it all couldn't have happened at a better time because just as we were done constructing the space, we received the heaviest rainfall of the season so far. So glad to have dry space. Here is a picture of the shed which was built by local people from the Irula tribe. I believe that one of the main objectives of Gaia Grid is to help preserve and document this tribal tradition and promote it by allowing for space that enables exploration of their methods and techniques not just in architecture but in their way of life, their knowledge of local medicinal herbs and their way of looking at nature and the world in general.

We've been planting more trees, broadcasting legumes before forecasted rain and the way the land looks now after a year is so much different. Here are two sets of pictures, one from the side and one from the air showing how much the land has evolved in just a year. So grateful to have had the gift of technology to document this very real change which I'd like to believe is the direct result of the blood, sweat, and tears we've put in over this year.

We've been hosting more participants now and with the shed extension, we look to hosting community gatherings, potlucks, movie nights and workshops!

I promised to share a news in the last update and even though its a bit premature I can share it now - we excavated a borewell. And guess what? We found water; at 250 feet (just like in my dream)!! Many of you may know already that in the very beginning we located underground water on the land with the help of a professional hydrologist. He said "it is really deep, 550 feet at least"
We spent the next 9 months conserving as much rainwater as possible, directing every drop into the earth and the result is evident - the water table has risen 250 feet. Of course, a big part of the rise is due to a very good monsoon we received this year! Here's a picture of the excavation in action. Not a big fan of heavy machinery on the land but sometimes pragmatism helps make decisions like these!

We've also been harvesting a lot of spinach from our kitchen garden and hundreds of tomatoes are beginning to ripen! We also harvested our first ever cantaloupe and watermelon! The kitchen garden is teeming with edibles and we are already starting to prepare more garden space!

All this in addition to the variety of food-producing trees we've already been planting! Pictured below is an upcycled disposed water bottle that we used to grow a very beautiful avocado!

I would also like to make use of this update to share with all of you another news - last week I received an invitation from a University in Germany to speak at their sustainability conference. So, if you're in Germany between 16th and 20th of November, I would love to meet you in person and share stories and I extend an invitation to come to the conference.

I will try and post regular updates as and when possible and share the work that we are doing at Gaia Grid. If you feel that our work is meaningful and deserves to be shared, please feel free to share our story with friends, family, and strangers! I am extremely grateful that you have chosen to support Gaia Grid and perhaps even consider continuing to support us! This journey has just begun. Hoping to see many more years of this transformation with you!

So much love,
Harsh, for Gaia Grid

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