Monday, January 14, 2008

Visit to Paradise Farm in Sri Lanka

Paradise Farm was started in 1998 with the aim of promoting organic agriculture and forestry. The farm is situated in a traditionally agricultural area in the Kegalle District in Central Sri Lanka. It is presently operating as a demonstration farm with nurseries and multi-cropping of agricultural and forestry plants and processing of organic green tea, fruit, vegetables, herbs and spices. During its 10 years of operation, the farm has generated valuable experience in sustainable agriculture and forestry, and is now ready to engage in larger projects.

The farm was started by Letten Fund, Norway, and Worldview International Foundation, an international NGO specializing in communication on sustainable development, and with consultative status at the United Nations. Paradise Farm is operating as an independent social responsible company registered with Board of Investment, Sri Lanka. I spent my New Year's eve at Paradise Farm listening to a group of frogs singing a chorus to us all night long under the moon lit sky.

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