Seeding a agro-forest habitat

February 15, 1990

32 acres of barren, degraded land was purchased by Mary, Bablu & John, the founders of Timbaktu Collective. This land which according to the Forest Department Gazetteer was once one of the finest summer deciduous forests of South India. It was traditionally used by C.K.Palli and Nyamadula as their grazing grounds. But over the years the land had degraded so badly that it looked like a bonsai shrub forest. Not a blade of grass grew here. The purpose of buying Timbaktu was to initiate and experiment with building an agro-forest habitat using principles of permaculture, natural farming and Nature’s wisdom.

Timbaktu Collective registered

November 14, 1991

Timbaktu Collective was registered on November 14, 2015 with its field office at Chennekothapalli village, Anantapur District and registered office at Bangalore.

One-Straw revolution translated

December 1, 1991

Masanobu Fukuoka’s “One Straw Revolution” translated into Telugu. Fukuoka’s approach and permaculture were the basis of much of our regeneration work at Timbaktu and at Kalpavalli. We also decided to establish a tree fund a which was exclusively to plant and look after trees. The fund was established mainly from a percentage of the price of the publication.

Work with women started

July 1, 1992

10 women’s groups (sanghams) in seven villages were formed and and Thrift and Credit programme initiated with them.

Chiguru begins its activities

July 15, 1992

Chiguru, a comprehensive development programme for women, children and environment, starts its activities.

Flora and fauna species go up

September 1, 1992

A survey revealed  that flora and fauna had gone up. Flora went up from 23 species when we started to 90 species. 60 different species of birds lived in Timbaktu along with different kinds of animals like bears, rabbits, foxes, snakes, porcupine, wild pigs etc.

Nature school established

November 1, 1992

Nature school established

Nature school was inaugurated in November 1992 with 35 children from the village in Chennekothapalli village. Seven evening schools (supplementary classes) were started in the six villages that catered to both the children attending government schools and  school drop outs.

Watershed Development work initiated

November 14, 1995

Watershed Development work began in Hariyancheruvu & Akkampalli watersheds.

VANA network co-founded

November 1, 1997

Co-founded VANA network in Anantapur.

Adisakthi MATCS registered

July 15, 1998

Adisakthi Mutually Aided Thrift Cooperative Society (Adisakthi), the first women’s cooperative of the collective, registered with 1,466 members in January 1998.

Initial experiments in organic farming begin

November 14, 1998

We initiated experiments in Organic farming in a small demo plot at Eetavanam. Through these experiments we learnt and understood what works and what doesn’t in our ecosystem and what kind of efforts are really needed.

Anantasakthi MACTS registered

July 15, 1999

Anantasakthi Mutually Aided Thrift Cooperative Society was registered with 14 members. It was decided that it will reach out to women members of Roddam mandal, Anantapur District.

Timbaktu residential school begins

November 13, 1999

Established Timbaktu residential school.

Biodiversity registers initiated

November 14, 1999

Initiated Biodiversity registers and collection of seeds.

Work initiated with People with Disabilities

November 14, 2000

Initiated work with people with disabilities.    

Mahilasakthi Women’s cooperative registered

November 14, 2001

Promoted and registered Mahilasakthi Women’s cooperative.

Mahasakthi formed

November 14, 2003

Formed Mahasakthi Federation of thrift coops;

Organic farming groups initiated

November 14, 2005

Initiated Organic farming groups in 8 villages with 300 farmers;

PGS Organic Council co-founded

November 14, 2006

Co-founded PGS Organic Council, India.

Kalpavalli Tree Growers’ Cooperative registered

November 14, 2008

Promoted and registered Kalpavalli Tree Growers Cooperative.

Dharani FaM Coop registered

November 14, 2008

Promoted and registered Dharani Farming & Marketing Coop.

Pratibha MATCS registered

November 14, 2008

Promoted and registered Prathibha MATCS – a Cooperative of people with disabilities.

Gramasiri Agri Labourers’ Cooperative registered

November 14, 2010

Promoted and registered Gramasiri Cooperative of landless labourers.

Durgasakthi Women’s Cooperative registered

November 14, 2011

Promoted and registered Durgasakthi Women’s cooperative

Children Leaders’ Federation formed

November 14, 2012

Children’s Federation of Leaders formed.

Mahasakthi Federation registered

November 14, 2012

Promoted and registered Mahasakthi Federation of women’s thrift coops;

Watershed Cooperatives registered

November 14, 2013

Four Watershed Cooperatives were formed and registered.

November 14, 2013

Organic farming programme expanded to 45 villages, 1,800 farmers and 9,000 acres.