Antharam’s sustainable practises transform the community and its resident’s into prosumers at a micro-level. The primary difference between a consumer and a prosumer is that the consumer buys various products for consumption while the prosumer takes adequate steps to produce the products and then consume them. Antharam's design is based on the model of a prosumer community where production and consumption happen parallelly. Here are simple measures taken in account for the execution of the same.
On the roadmap of becoming a self-sufficient community, Antharam generates its own electricity. For doing so, the parking lot of each eco-habitat cluster has provision for solar panels that absorbs light from the sun and converts it into electricity. The photovoltaic cells are arranged in the form of a micro-grid interconnected by an electrical network between the parking areas of the eco-habitats. To further harness the community bond and maximise energy savings, the power generated in one cluster can also be shared and consumed anywhere in Organo Antharam community.
The ‘Rurban Food Culture’ at Antharam encourages the residents to grow local and seasonal vegetables in their backyard which may be used for personal consumption. Another advantage here is that organic vegetables taste much better, are healthier and packed with more nutrients as compared to the vegetables sourced from the conventional marketplace. As a result of this farm to the kitchen concept, one can enjoy home-cooked meals and live a healthy farm-to-table lifestyle within the boundaries of the home.
Antharam’s Goshala has a sufficient number of Gir cows, which produce nutritious A2 milk and thrive by consuming fresh produce. This milk caters to the overall milk consumption requirements of the community. One can enjoy easy access to unadulterated and nutritious farm-fresh milk from the Goshala. In addition, this milk is ideal to make a whole range of organic dairy products that includes yoghurt, paneer or cottage cheese, butter and even ghee.
Make your own Compost
Antharam encourages its residents to manage food waste and recycle organic waste into soil-enriching compost. Here, the microorganisms help decompose the food and vegetable waste into organic matter -- thus resonating with our ethos of giving back to nature. Additionally, compost helps plants absorb nutrients from the soil making them healthier for consumption. The Bio-gas plan within the community supports families in diverting their wet waste, which gets converted into electricity and the manure which is put back into the farmland to enhance soil health.
One can grow medicinal plants like Tulsi or holy basil in the backyard and include them in the daily diet. Antharam’s herbal garden flourishes with at least 20 species of medicinal plants with therapeutic properties. These herbal plants are grown for the well-being of the residents.
An expert team has carried outa detailed analysis of the existing water table and proposed to build a water storage structure or Pedda Baavi with an adequate capacity to reserve water. In case of water scarcity, groundwater depletion or low rainfall, the rainwater will be used for consumption as well as the daily activities of the Antharam community.
Read this blog to know more about rainwater strategies in Antharam: https://www.organo.co.in/blog/why-are-we-building-the-water-storage-structures-pedda-baavi-at-antharam
Hence the community at Organo Antharamis slowly emerging as a self-sustainable prosumer community that generates its own electricity, grows its own food, rears its own cows for milk supply and soon.