Magical Mystical Makaibari

Makaibari: more than a Tea Estate

Makaibari is the world's first tea factory and was established in 1859. All farmers are artists. Their palette is the earth, where they create their paintings with various seeds and animals, to produce food that sustains mankind. An enormous responsibility that needs unequivocal support from all. Rudolph Steiner's biodynamic method has evolved an uniquely healthy soil, that houses a healthy society. The goal of biodynamic practices coupled with permaculture, to usher harmony between soil, microorganisms, plants, animals and man, is a simple magical experience which could be replicated as a model in many places.

Harmonious interactions at all stages have created a bio trope for many species of animals to thrive here, including endangered panthers, tigers, birds, butterflies, snakes, spiders and many others, feeding off of each other as part of the natural food chain. Makaibari follows a form of integrated forest management utilizing permaculture where the tea bush is part of a multi-tier system of trees and plants typical of a sub-tropical rainforest, as opposed to a monocultural farm that grows only one crop. Makaibari retains 70% of its entire area under forest cover. All of these could be experienced through our village Homestay and volunteer work and internships.

News from Makaibari

Mr. Banerjee interviewed by the BBC

BBC 7 June 2015 - David Baillie interviews Rajah Banerjee on the safeguard of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, Unesco World Heritage.

The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway once took precious tea from the foothills of the mountains to the teapots of the world. But it's become a victim of the colossal inefficiency of the state-run system and is facing a slow extinction through neglect. "Without investment it will die. But with investment it can strengthen tourism, and the whole community will benefit." says Rajah.

Read the full article on the BBC website

Mr. Banerjee interviewed by the BBC

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"Soils constitute the foundation of vegetation and agriculture. Forests need it to grow. We need it for food, feed, fiber, fuel and much more."

José Graziano da Silva, FAO Director-General - International Year of Soils 2015: Healthy soils for a healthy life