Phase II (Since November 2016)
The call to participate in the second phase of farming was relayed to the AIT community (on 2 November 2016) and this resulted in an overwhelming response from students, staff and repeat farmers from previous batch.
A site visit and orientation was held on 4 November 2016 at the Agriculture Systems and Engineering (ASE) farm area (same place as in Phase I).
There are currently fifty four farmers comprising of students and staff at AIT coming from varied backgrounds and nationalities (Nepal, Vietnam, India, Philippines, India, Thailand, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Indonesia). Each group is provided an area of 20 sq.m to cultivate and grow their vegetables.
The total area planned for this batch is about 250 m2.
The overall water pumping system has been modified and the installation completed. In phase 1, the system relied only on the solar panel so that water from the canal is pumped into the tanks but now, when (if) the water is all used-up, another option would be to activate the AC pump which is connected directly to the canal so that water supply is not disrupted. To monitor the water usage of every group, water flow meter is also installed.
An orientation meeting was held on 19 December 2016 at the field to familiarize the farmers with the use of resources at the farm.
Aims of the Program
- A well-defined farming framework in order for AIT to maintain a long term sustainable farming and fully support growing of organic, fresh, healthy and locally produced food
- This will encouraged a more dedicated group of communities willing to take on the tasks and help AIT realize its aim of greening the campus and be an example to other universities
- Utilization of unused land where AIT‘s big expanse of area waiting to be cultivated, and
- To provide/create a landscape/environment amenities beyond agricultural education, food production, recreational opportunities, etc.