Demonstration farms and nurseries were planted in each settlement to facilitate education and outreach. Farmers were able to see firsthand the benefits of organic crop diversification and the impact on environmental regeneration. This motivated them to implement these methods on their owns lands, resulting in improved soil quality, greater yields, and more financial stability.
Crop of Choice—Pongamia Pinnata
These efforts began by introducing the Pongamia pinnata tree, a valuable cash crop, which has the unique ability to revitalize depleted soil and produce biofuel. Demonstration plots and nurseries were planted with thousands of Pongamia pinnata seedlings in order to showcase the concept from seed to tree. Mature Pongamia pinnata trees stand up to 50 feet high and sport hearty dark-green leaves that retain moisture under intense heat. When mature, the tree produces seed pods which can be pressed for oil to be used as biofuel to power pumps, generators, and even heavy machinery like tractors, cars, and trucks.