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Jim Danisch, Judith Conant Chase, Binod Puri, and Shyam Pyakurel
Everything Organic Nursery Pvt.Ltd.(EVON) was established in 2010 with the overall aim of recognizing the wealth and health of traditional Nepali rural life and enhancing this way of life using new approaches and materials for organic farming.
We demonstrate and teach Bio-intensive organic methods which produce large yields and healthy vegetables, berries, fruit and nut trees. Small farmers can grow high value crops and increase their income.
BIOINTENSIVE BEDS PRODUCE 1.1 TO 1.5 TIMES MORE THAN CHEMICAL FERTILIZER.
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We are committed to promoting, demonstrating and teaching organic agriculture in Nepal, and improving Nepal's environment for future generations.
What We've Achieved
EVON's primary objective is enrichment of rural life so that young people will be attracted to remaining in their home villages.
Although Nepal is often considered a poor country, it is also wealthy. Nearly 90% of Nepalis own land. Almost all Nepalis have experience in living in the countryside, knowing the richness of fresh air, exhilarating spaces, pure water and wild forests. The extraordinary diversity within the country allows a variety of different agricultural products. Now many Nepalis are returning from foreign lands with money in their accounts. At EVON we have engaged many friends over the last four or five years who are investing in their countryside lands by planting trees, spices, herbs, and tea. With the addition of many roads into the countryside, villages have access to markets in the cities and beyond. Coffee, tea, cardamom, turmeric, ginger, and medicinal herbs and spices are already established market crops.
EVON believes that nuts are one of the most promising market crops for the future. Apparently Nepal imports more than two million dollars worth of almonds annually, so there is an already established market. Besides, walnuts, macadamia, pecans, pine nuts, chestnuts, and hazelnuts can be grown in Nepal. All nuts are nutritious, delicious and high-value in the 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 produce 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. Now Helvetas is doing a thorough study of locations of established plantings of nuts within Nepal. EVON has recently imported low-chill walnuts, 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 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.