Disha India has created Swaraj Cooperative of Natural Farmers and Consumers - for us Swaraj means self-reliance, self-management and collective responsibility. It is a collective initiative of small, landless and women farmers to practice natural and ecologically sustainable farming –and also to be self-sustainable financially.
Swaraj is a collective initiative of natural farmers and consumers, who support natural farming, grow desi seeds, rearing local cows and produce natural food product. We strongly believe that "We Are What We Eat", i.e. the quality of our thoughts, emotions, feelings and actions depends on the kind food we eat, hence our endeavor to grow natural crops and bring natural food to every home. Swaraj will inspire cooperative members towards a holistic life that is healthy, spiritual, integral and joyous.The fundamental objectives and principles of the Swaraj are:
- To encourage, support and enable small, landless and women farmers to practice natural zero budget sustainable ecological farming and dairy.
- To produce natural local food, desi cow milk and other processed natural food products.
- Consumer families to be members of the cooperative. To have a direct relationship between consumers and farmers.
- A shared vision and understanding of growing and eating healthy and natural food that benefits both the consumer and the farmer.
- Experts from different fields like natural farming, healthy cooking, spiritual living, yoga, Ayurveda, etc would also be members of the cooperative.
- Cooperative will have an internal Quality and Purity team, which will make sure that the processes, practices and produce is completely natural, pure and local–and there are no chemicals, pesticides, fertilizers, GMO seeds etc.
- Farmers, consumers and expert members of the co-operative will finalize the cost of the produce mutually every six months.
- Cooperative will only sell the produce of its member farmers and will not procure from any other sources.
- Every three months, co-operative will take the requirements of grains, dals, spices, ghee and oil, vegetables and other food material from the consumer member families and will plan accordingly.
- Farmers and consumers will be required to attend capacity building workshops regularly.