How to grow a tiny forest anywhere: Shubhendu Sharma

A forest planted by humans, then left to nature’s own devices, typically takes at least 100 years to mature. But what if we could make the process happen ten times faster? In this short talk, eco-entrepreneur (and TED Fellow) Shubhendu Sharma explains how to create a mini-forest ecosystem anywhere.

The Permaculture Research Insitute

PRI Zaytuna Farm functions as a model farm (in development) and permaculture training facility. Geoff and Nadia Lawton, world-renowned permaculture educators and consultants, lead the project. Much of Geoff and Nadia’s time over the last few years has been spent away from the Institute, consulting and helping set up projects in diverse locales around the world. Seeing the worldwide demand for knowledgeable permaculture consultants and teachers increase exponentially, as fuel and fertiliser prices skyrocket and the effects of climate change, soil depletion and water shortages begin to hit hard, priority and focus is now shifting back to the Institute, where growing the training program will increase the output of quality teachers to help fill the growing need for them.


  1. Just now seen your ted talk show, it was fantastic. In today’s world this work is widely required, hats off to your initiative. I am from Raipur city of widespread pollution, would like to get your idea in practical. First one with my own commercial plot, would like to have your guidance in near future.

  2. I was at your lecture at the past IX CICES, Santiago; and I did not get your email address; will you please send it to me. I would like to comment about a project opportunity here in Perú.

    Thank you

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