Kalrayan Hills Farm
In the tribal area of the Kalrayn Hills in south-central India, the Arcot Lutheran Church owns about 75 acres of farmland. The development of this land, in the form of mostly organic crops, will support the church’s ministry on an ongoing basis. Certain income-generating trees grow well on this land but the church cannot afford seedlings that will eventually mature into productive trees. The planting of mango trees for annual fruit-bearing and teak and rosewood for long-term wood harvest are planned for this region. If you want to donate a tree you can do that for only $5.00, just note mango/teak tree on your donation.
The shining new tractor and trailer for the farm project in the Kalrayan Hills, India, provided in 2007 by donors, Dave and Nan Grube, will give a great booast to developing new land and new organic crops.
Previous Kalrayan happenings:
A group of high school young people from the Youth Encounter Side by Side program visited India in the summer of 2005. The group of high school age young people, led by Pastor Jamie Bruning of the Western Michigan ELCA Synod office, spent three weeks in the Kalrayan Hills working on several projects including farm work and the construction of a retaining wall behind one of the dormitories. These young people had a great experience and all would go back if they had the opportunity. Pastor Jamie and her husband would like to volunteer in India if the opportunity arises in the future.