Tucked away in the quaint little village of Dhanotu in Dharamshala, Peepal Farm is changing the way we are looking and treating our environment. Initiated by Robin Singh, Joellen Anderson and Shivani Bhalla it works on the concept of animal and environmental welfare by reduction of the ‘suffering footprint’ that has impacted our climate negatively. Condoned off mainly by our act of mindless consumption and trivializing the impact it has on our nature we are paving our way to an imminent doomsday with our blinded attitude and complacency. This very ideology needs to be eradicated to make a safer and cleaner environment.
“We have an emphasis on beauty, to temper the suffering with beauty so people who are not used to seeing it, can be exposed more to the animal rights issues”
The Peepal Farm derives its name from the versatility and robust simplicity of the peepal tree. It mainly acts on animal welfare and rescuing by providing shelter to stray puppies and canines, cattle, goats and oxen and keeping them in a healthy and safe environment. They are also trying to change the mindset of the masses by incorporating a homestay in the rustic, natural habitat of the Himalayan valley to instill the point of environmental conservation practices. They also house an in-built organic farm which produces fresh vegetables and cattle fodder. “None of us have any background in growing food. Our farm is our experiment for learning how to grow grains, roots, veggies and fruit for us, and green fodder for cows”, says Singh about his farming venture. The Peepal Farm is thriving conduit in a long sought change required to cause a positive impact on our environment.
Drawing off the concept of ‘suffering footprint’, Robin says it is equally pertinent to not just limit and check one’s own footprint but also reduce other’s as well. It is not just enough to act but also to ‘involve and inspire’. About his journey from a corporate lifestyle to the farms of India, Robin talks about the need to realize the impact of our actions on the environment. “We have an emphasis on beauty, to temper the suffering with beauty so people who are not used to seeing it, can be exposed more to the animal rights issues”. Having worked in Auroville and later running a sterilization program in Delhi, he realized the need to move the endeavor to a larger scale and that is when the Peepal Farms was conceptualized.
“Peepal Farm is aiming to bring about that much awaited transformation for people to actively participate in conservation”
Strongly acting on their motto of spreading awareness to ‘involve and inspire’, they are significantly present on social media. Dotting off on social media, think tanks, and cultural representations Peepal Farm is aiming to bring about that much awaited transformation for people to be actively participating in conservational activities.