Everything Organic Nursery Pvt. Ltd (EVON) was established in 2009 with the overall aim of recognizing the wealth and health of traditional Nepali life, and enhancing this way of life by using new approaches and materials for organic farming.
We demonstrate and teach Bio-intensive organic methods which produce large yields (1.5 times production with chemical fertilizer) as well as supporting healthy vegetables, berries, fruits and nut trees. We also specialize in grafted nut and fruit trees, especially low-chill varieties of various western fruit trees that are more viable in Nepal’s sub-tropical climate. By promoting fruit and nut tree cultivation to rural farmers, our goal is to support small rural farmers to grow high value crops and increase their income generation.
Fruit and nuts are relatively easy to grow, are high in nutrition, and are easier to store and ship without deterioration. Walnut, pecan, macadamia, and almond have been producing well in EVON’s various experimental sites.
See Practices for printable guides including How To instructions for many of our Biointensive approaches.
What We've Achieved
EVON's primary objective is the economic enrichment of rural life through agriculture, so that young people will be attracted to remaining in their home villages.
Nepal is renowned for its cultural wealth and natural resources, as well as its capable, energetic people. From the lowest elevation at 120 feet to the top of the Himalayas, the intense elevation range provides microclimates for enormous diversities of native herbs, trees, and wildlife. This extraordinary diversity of microclimates also allows for the cultivation of a variety of different agricultural products. Village communities still practice traditional subsistence farming and animal husbandry, and in remote areas, still remain completely cut off from modern technologies. Villagers are capable of building their own homes, growing their own food, weaving fabrics, making tools, utensils, baskets….truly a self-sufficient rural lifestyle.
Until recently, due to limited road access in many areas of the country, it has been difficult for rural communities to generate income from a rural livelihood. Most families are now sending family members to the city or abroad for work in order to send back money.
Coffee, tea, spices, medicinal herbs, and mushroom cultivation have already been promoted successfully in both local and export markets. With such a large proportion of the country’s fruit and nuts being imported from India, there is huge potential for farmers in Nepal to bring income from orchard crops. The improvement of transportation and communications systems, as well as increased markets for value-added products like dried fruits, jams, and wines, have also increased potential for rural income generation. If village communities are provided with technical information and economic incentives, they are very willing to expand their activities.
EVON believes that nuts are one of the most promising market crops for Nepal's future. Nepal imports more than $2,000,000 worth of almonds annually, which could be replaced by Nepali-grown almonds. Additionally, walnuts, macadamia, pecans, pine nuts, chestnuts, and hazelnuts can be grown in Nepal. All nuts are nutritious, delicious, and bring in high prices in the Nepali market. Additionally, nuts can be stored and shipped without damage, unlike fruits and vegetables.
EVON planted its first almond trees, Shalimar from Kashmir, six years ago. They produced a few nuts in two years and have increased yields every year. Thirty year-old pecan trees are producing good yields within the Kathmandu Valley. Macadamia nuts and walnuts are producing well in various areas of Nepal. EVON has recently imported low-chill walnut, pears, apricots and apples. We now have seven varieties of almond being tested then propagated. Our greatest achievement is the first cherries. We have Bing, Rainier and Montmorency cherry trees now six years old. We plan to import low-chill cherries this coming year.
EVON has also experimented with a large variety of vegetables: artichokes, tomatoes, carrots, brussel sprouts, arugula, US sweet corn, French beans, celeriac, Romanesco brocolli, parships, and many more. We test the vegetables for their viability in Nepal then produce seeds for distribution. All of our seeds are open-pollinated.
Besides new varieties of vegetables, fruits and nuts, EVON has just completed three years of research in pest and disease prevention and treatment and trials to assess the best soil enrichment method. The results of this research can be found in our Inventory of Pest and Diseases and in the soil enrichment section.
Another area of achievement is SRI (System of Rice Intensification). This system was introduced from Africa and has been thoroughly tested in Bihar with excellent results. EVON has planted rice using this approach for three seasons with consistent yields 2 1/2 times the Nepali traditional planting method. We are now planting wheat and oats using the same approach. SRI is now being tested by Rajendra Upreti in Morang with similar results.
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All photography provided by Jim Danisch, Judith Conant Chase, Binod Puri, and Shyam Pyakurel.