Tamarind Valley Collective – FAQs

  • What are the founding principles? How do we ensure these are adhered to?
    • While the community will frame a detailed set of rules that everyone will agree to, and sign an MoA with the same detailed, a set of baseline ideas are as follows
      • Ownership is individual (except for the common pool of land) but the farm planning, operations, maintenance and P&L are jointly done by all members of the collective.
      • The team employed for farm and hospitality operations are employees of the collective, and will be entitled to a min 15% profit share from both agriculture as well as hospitality, outside of the salaries paid.
      • The farm will be developed in accordance with the principles of permaculture, with small adaptations and deviations agreed to by the majority of the collective, still in keeping with sustainable agriculture practices.
      • All members, current and future, will sign the MoA that ensures they automatically agree to the above, the rules framed by the collective and amendments to the same as effected.
      • The initial agreements with TFC for farm management and operations, and with Linger for hospitality management and operations, is for 10 years, and provides a sort of a ‘lock-in’ for the collective’s goals.
  • Who is driving the Collective? What are their authorities and liabilities?
    • The Farming Collective  is a partnership firm responsible for
      • Project conceptualization, execution oversight.
      • Signing up and managing architects, farm consultants, solar vendor etc.
      • Farming operations operations for 10 years through a contract signed with the owners’ association or co-operative.
    • Vivasv  is the lead partner for
      • All land acquisition, construction, large civil work.
      • Getting onboard and managing contractors for the same as necessary.
    • Linger : Hospitality operations and marketing through a contract for the same with the community, as well as with individual home owners where desired.
  •  How is the land owned? Definition of each unit? How many in all? Land usage?
    • Each unit is 1.5 acres. Of this, 1.28 acres is farm land registered in individual owners’ names, and the rest as part of the common pool.
    • All construction – of the individually owned units, common infrastructure, staff quarters, hospitality infrastructure will be on the common pool. Other usage may include roads, water bodies etc. Except for the individual units, the ownership of all other assets, and of the common pool of the land itself, lies with the collective association/co-operative.
  • Who takes decisions on future development?
    • The community – association/co-op does it in accordance with the bye laws.
    • The bye-laws are themselves being framed by the community with inputs from a lawyer.
  • What does having a 1.5 acre land really mean? Are all lands parcels the same in terms of being arable, accessible, etc? Will each plot’s land be clearly earmarked? What rights do you have on your plot?
    • That’s the attempt. Not all land will be exactly the same, and will not have the same usage, and the best way to make use of it is as part of a large pool. In a large ecosystem, the forest, the riparian zones, the wind breaks – all play a role. A small reversal of the tragedy of the commons if you will 🙂

 

  • How much effort is required to be put in by every member?
    • The whole idea is that while most people have an intent to get involved, the amount of effort and time they might be able to put in will vary. This is why The Farming Collective professionally manages the farm and oversees the team employed there by the collective to ensure the farm continues to make progress. However, all the effort and time members put into this will help the farm do better, accelerate the experimentation and growth of good ideas, and help create and connect access to markets, value added products, and foster micro-entrepreneurship
    • We’re also trying to figure out a fair mechanism to account for the efforts of members who’re able to contribute in various ways.
  • Timeline for construction
    • Estimate is about 1.5years from when we start work immediately following registration.
  • Are Bank Loans available?
    • We have just spoke to the Karnataka Bank guys. A loan can be taken for part of the land, and all of the construction. Will share details shortly.
  • Can one decide what can be grown on own plot?
    • Experimentation on land upto 0.25 acres is welcome, and encouraged! Any owner can submit the idea, and timeframe, and help and resourced needed for the same. If association is ok, we’ll go ahead. If it works, we expand to larger scale. If not, cull it and pull land bank into common plans.
  • Water security – how do we ensure this?
    • Collective effort + permaculture consultant plans. 3 lakes, couple of dozen gully plugs, swales. Ground water is good, and 3 borewells yield a lot, but the idea is to trap as much water as possible, and also reduce the need for the same as the forest takes root.
  • Can we freely rent out or sell ones property? How will this be governed?
    • Sell – yes, with a first right of refusal within the collective or referrals from there. Rental – nope. Actually – have not checked on the last bit – I guess we’ll pose it to the community and frame rules accordingly. Governed : thru the sale agreement, bye laws and social pressure 😀
  • What are the annual maintenance charges? How is this fixed?
    • We’re keeping aside a 1L/unit fund initially, and will be maintaining the expense and revenue records for the same, and passing the same on to the association/co-op as formed. The P&L statement will determine charges or rev share. Estimates indicate this will not exceed 4.5k/month, and we are targeting a cost neutral operation in 3 years.