The Madman’s farm is not about individuals but about the spirit of madness, of sanity, of path less travelled. There are lot of friends involved in the farm in their own ways. Some live on the farm while others contribute from whereever they are.
Human Residents :
35, Engineer – MBA by Education, worked for 3 years in corporate and 3 years in NGO and -Alternative Schools, finally took to natural farming and rural life. Experimenter, risk taking and believes in enjoying every bit till it lasts.
30, moved to farm from Khamrehi (Satna), M.Com, Had taught in Govt. Schools, Enjoys listening to soft and romantic music, likes cooking and travelling.
41, worked for 12 years in 2 private sector banks after securing the degree of MBA (Mktg) from Mumbai University in the year 2000. Jack of many trades, but no special talent yet discovered.
40, completed post-graduation (M Sc) in Organic Chemistry in 1999 and then taught Chemistry in colleges, in an education portal, was a research fellow in a Govt of India laboratory under Ministry of Defence. Quit working outside home in 2005, when Siddharth was to be born.
11, attended school in 1st. Did not complete the academic year, though. Reads extensively on various subjects including Indian Mythology, Space and general stories. Extremely fond of animals – currently domestic like cows and dogs. Mom supervises some academic studies – English and Maths only for about 1 hr a day.
8, enjoying life to the fullest. Speaks in 3 languages (English, Hindi and Tamil) fluently. Is learning to read when mood permits.
Sundar Singh and Mai
Aged around 60, both live in farm and take care of farm and it’s animals. They belong to nearby village and have moved to farm to help us with various things. (No longer living at farm now, they decided to shift to nearby town due to education of their daughter.)
49, a tribal resident of nearby village (Budhanwada) has patnered with farm (locally known as Batiya) for farming activities. He is the driving force behind various farming activities be it sowing, harvesting or shooing away wild animals. (He now lives at farm with his family, after Sundar singh left)
36, resides and works in Bangalore though his heart keep flying back to farm quite often..he own 3 acres of the farm and is working towards creating a food forest here, enjoys working with systems and automations. He is in a way tech-expert of the farm
31, lives and works in Mumbai. He is in constant touch with the farm activities and works on website and internet related aspects of farm. He is fervently investigation the issues of “happiness” of human beings and loves to read and travel. He is driving various social startups and in inclined to use technology in field of happiness, social well being and individual growth.
Dr. Manohara, Sanjeev Patil, Berty, Guruprasad, Ananth, Dr. Gananath and some more friends from Mysore are supporting the farm in various ways. All of these friends have been working on various aspects of environment and natural farming for various years now and have rich experience to share. Most of the new ideas , plans and organic seeds of various plants and trees come from this Mysore group of friends. (www.Arivu.org)
Mrs. Sushma Tomar and Shri P.S. Tomar
Last but not the least, the land legally belongs to Sushma Ji and Prahlad Ji (Shashi’s parents) who have extended their support for carrying out the entire experiment here without any specific terms and conditions.