Sustainability Pokhara-Style

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Location: Pokhara, Nepal
Lat/Long: 28° 15′ 50″ N / 83° 58′ 20″ E
Weather Conditions: 74F (23C) Rain
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DAILY AUDIO UPDATE

Aaron Doering

This morning we woke up early and were off to the Mountain View Eco Farm (MVEF). Director and founder Mr. Bed Raj Paudel, known more commonly as Govinda, met us at the road and we trekked to his beautiful farm overlooking the city of Pokhara, Lake Begnas, and the Annapurna Mountain Range. Govinda spent the next two hours showcasing the more than 30 species of plants he is growing interspersed among each other. He shared his expertise in organic farming and described not only the crops and fruits he is growing, but also the role of a cow and chickens on his farm. Govinda was kind enough to give us an interview during which he described the vital importance of education in his life and how his education has afforded him the knowledge to pursue his profession.

We were also fortunate to speak with Govinda’s mother, Ms. Sharada Paudel. Ms. Paudel shared her insights into the environment, education, and sustainability and ended the interview with three impromptu poems, which she sang, about the environment. Truly beautiful!

On the way back to Pokhara, we interviewed Mr. Ram Chandra Adhikari from Essence Tour & Travels. He shared the importance between the environment and his profession of being a guide and trekking service.

Stay tuned for the next full update for video and the complete story of these interviews!


DAILY IMAGES


Leaving downtown Pokhara en route for Mountain View Eco Farm.
Typical roadside store outside downtown Pokhara.
Crowded bus leaving Pokhara.

Aaron and Bedraj Paudel hiking up to Mountain View Eco Farm.
The view over Lake Begnas from Mountain View Eco Farm.
The view over Pokhara from Mountain View Eco Farm.

Scarecrow at Mountain View Eco Farm.
Aaron interviewing Bedraj Paudel about sustainable farming.
Cabbage growing at Mountain View Eco Farm.

Bedraj Paudel discussing education and sustainable farming.
Bamboo shoots create a shelter to hold tarps during the monsoon.
Bedraj Paudel explaining his sustainable farming techniques.

Chili peppers are among the 30 crops growing at Mountain View Eco Farm.
Beautiful flowers line the crops at Mountain View Eco Farm.
Chickens at Mountain View Eco Farm.

Chickens at Mountain View Eco Farm.
A cow's urine and dung are collected and used for natural fertilizer.
Sharada Paudel and her son, Bedraj Paudel, at Mountain View Eco Farm.

Sharada Paudel sharing her thoughts on education in Nepal.
New construction along the road into Pokhara.
Roadside market in Pokhara.

Arriving back in Pokhara.
Interview with Ram Chandra Adhikari of Essence Tours and Travel, Pokhara.
Interview with Ram Chandra Adhikari of Essence Tours and Travel, Pokhara.

Ram Chandra Adhikari, Essence Tours and Travel, sharing his thoughts on tourism and sustainability..


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