Organic Farmer’s Training Centre
Located in rural outskirts of Tumkur in the village Kodiyala, lays Shiva’s Organic Farm. An agricultural graduate himself, he quit his government job to give roots to his dream of organic farming.
Tumkur has around 300-400 farmers who are practicing organic farming today. Driven by the passion of helping and organising the farmers of his region he decided to materialise his idea of an Organic Farmer’s Training Centre into reality. He wishes to train young children who are at the threshold preparing for their career, whom he wishes to teach the importance and the need for organic farming.
Observing the parallels both in the agricultural and the building scene, he decided to make the training centre truly organic. “Why should I use conventional building material when I am going to be teaching and training young people about organic farming? I wanted to use natural building materials, and I wanted to do the training centre in bamboo and mud,” he says.
Shiva was recently honoured with Krishi Ratna Award by the Govt of Karnataka.
Before commencing the designing of the organic farmers training centre, we studied the local houses in the nearby villages and observed how the people had responded to the local climate and materials available.
Flat mud roofs, thick walls, are used as an insulation to respond to the hot and arid climate. Our study has been portrayed in Thannal’s Ageless Village Series Blog.
The training centre comprises of two structures- a training hall to host lectures and seminars for 50 people, and a dormitory to accommodate people who will be attending the workshops. Keeping in mind the climactic conditions, we thereby decided to use cob and wattle and daub for the training hall and the dorm. We created two separate courtyards to segregate the male and the female dormitory, although maintaining the unity of the structure. The training hall is partially underground to create earth-cut seating spaces to break away from the conventional table chair seating arrangement and utilising the dug soil for building the remaining structure.