I retired in the rank of Brigadier General from the Indian army in 1997, after 33 years of active service. Retirement granted me the opportunity to return to the land of my forefathers, the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, where I currently reside.
Post retirement, I finally found the time to engage with my lifelong interests of alternative medicine through homeopathy, ayurveda and foods that heal. My interest in holistic health led to increasing experiments with growing organic fruits and vegetables.
I had the opportunity to learn by conversations and study at Schumacher College, Dartington UK, where I attended two courses; Illness to Wellness in 2007 and Reconnecting Nature with Healing in 2008 ,http://www.schumachercollege.org.uk/blog/schumacher-and-the-beginning-of-my-himalayan-trajectory-by-hari-pant.
In 2010, I won a Fellowship to attend The Apprenticeship Program in Ecological Horticulture at the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (http://casfs.ucsc.edu/about/), University of California, Santa Cruz.
During my time there I also volunteered at The Garden Project in San Francisco<http://www.gardenproject.org/>, an organization founded by my mentor Cathrine Sneed, who was my teacher in Schumacher College.
Drawing upon my learning’s from the Apprentice program, I started the Himalayan Farm Project in 2011.I dream of this center as a farming community that showcases sustainable agriculture and horticulture techniques. It is open to all fellow dreamers to come and share their learnings and learn from each other.
After spending a lot of time on the farm in it’s initial stages of growth, I now live in Bhimtal with my wife Kumkum. Bhimtal is just over an hour from the farm, and I visit the farm periodically.
Since 2013, once in a year I volunteer with the Garden Project and also talk about the Himalayan Farm Project in UCSC.
You can write to me at email@example.com