Savio Jude de Souza has become a key leader of India’s urban agriculture movement, focusing first on aquaponics and microgreens. He is the CEO and Founder of The Green Education Organisation (GEO), with a global digital platform at

www.greeneducation.in

and

www.facebook.com/greeneducationprogram.

[Image 1 Savio]

He is happy to share his story on these pages and welcomes inquiries regarding collaborations. (INDIA): + 91 7738 360 770 (EUROPE) + 353 89 4585 984 Landline: 022 28613806.

Savio worked with and was happily mentored by one of the principal father’s of India’s urban ag and sustainability initiatives, Dr. Subra Mukherjee.

[Inage 2 Subra]

I was blessed to meet dear Subra during my visit and brief lecture at the University of Calcutta. He soon thereafter founded the Indo American Aquaponics Institute, and graced me with the position of North American director. Subra returned to God in the winter of 2015/16. Here is how he signed his many emails to people across India and the world with whom he worked.

Subhrankar Mukherjee PhD,MBA
Project Manager: Aquaponics and Spirulina Eco Park Project, Mumbai.

COO & Secretary, Club of Rome - India.
Address: Development Alternatives HQ, B-32 Tara Crescent, New Delhi - 110016

SANKALPA GROUP:
Managing Trustee, Sankalpa Trust
Secretary, Society for Appropriate Rural Technology for Sustainability (ARTS)
President, Indo-American Aquaponics Institute (IAAI)


Regd. Office: P6 Cluster 2, Purbachal, Salt Lake, Kolkata 700097, INDIA.
e-mail: [subra@sankalpacmfs.org] / [subhrankar@gmail.com]


Mobile: +91 9433019821; +91 9339259812 ; +91 8017456467
Telephone: +91 33 2335 9812
Website: [www.sankalpacmfs.org/src/]
IAAI: [http://www.sankalpacmfs.org/cmfs/01coa/aquaponic/iaai.html]

And here is Subra sharing his life’s mentors:

[Image 3. Subhs Mukhopadhyay]

The Poet Laureate, Late Subhas Mukhopadhyay, founding President of Sankalpa Trust, was the first of my three mentors, who have helped to shape my thinking and actions on the creation of sustainable livelihoods, which is the raisson d’etre of the Sankalpa Group. The other two mentors are (a) Dr. Ashok Khosla, [http://www.khosla.in/], Chairman of Development Alternatives headquartered at New Delhi and President of IUCN, and (b) the Late Professor Emeritus Maurice (Maury) Albertson, who founded Village Earth [www.villageearth.org] and helped found the Peace Corps movement in 1962, with Sargent Shriver.

I hope to work with Savio over the next 24 years, advancing the vision of 5% of the world’s schools with aquaponics, microgreen, and tiny home/workshop demos. “Edible schools” where students get course credit for designing, constructing, and stewarding these living texts! The interview with Savio that follows is intended to substantiate the merit of this vision.

Key is the story of how Savio Souza is carrying the torch of Dr. Subra Mukherjee.

Milwaukee Renaissance. Might you share the story of your first encounter with dear Subra?

Savio Souza. The first time I walked into the office to meet Subra, he introduced himself with a warm handshake and charming smile with an accent that was typically NRI (non resident Indian). We immediately connected because of our commonality of having lived overseas for virtually all of our professional lives. He spoke passionately about aquaponics and how his vision had landed him this opportunity to set up Mumbai’s 1st ever aquaponics farm which was going to change the face of Urban agriculture in Mumbai. I was a little skeptical at first but deeper into the conversation felt that he was coming from a genuine place. I soon offered my services and expertise to colloborate on the project and we set a time to meet again and take our conversation forward.

Milwaukee Renaissance. How did you happen to walk in to Sue bro’s office in the 1st place? And in what city?

Souza. I had been to an agro exhibition at Mumbai and a gentleman I met there told me about Subra and recommended that I should go meet with him at the ICAR office (where they had allotted some workspace for him) in Mumbai because I was interested in organic and sustainable farming and aquaponics.

Milwaukee Renaissance. What happened in your life that inspired your interest in organic and sustainable farming and aquaponics?

Souza.My story- what made me delve into organic farming.

I set sail on this journey with the blessing of the universe which has turned out to be the greatest adventure of my life. As long as I can remember I’ve held an innate fascination for the plant kingdom.. I would like to think there could be something esoteric reasons… reasons beyond my understanding. Wind the clock back more than three decades ago and I found myself aged 8 at a school exhibition with my mother. I picked up my first book on botany called the ‘How and why wonder book of trees’. I could only read at a 1st grade level but was mesmerized by the pictures and adamantly coaxed my mother into buying it for me. That set the course for my inquisive mind to delve deeper and deeper into the world of all things green. But the farming interest only grew after I lost my dear mum to cancer and learnt that organic plant food can be used as medicine. I have always been a law onto myself and never cared much for the conventional way of doing things which included the typically store bought carciogenic food supply. Aquaponics piqued my interest a year before my meeting with Subra and when the stars aligned so to speak I got my chance to practically experience this awesome method of farming with its few pitfalls yet plethora of advantages. Nothing ventured, nothing gained right?

Milwaukee Renaissance. How much weight did you lose? Was most of this learning self taught through reading and watching videos?
I lost about 6 to 7 kilos reaching just below my ideal weight of 75 kilos in proportion to my height. Most of initial learning came from online research and reading.

  Did you have a mentor or inspiration before Subra?

Souza It was a refreshing change to finally meet a mentor (Subra) in the flesh and learn the ropes of practical aquaponics after binge watching and reading a lot of online content.

Milwaukee Renaissance. What subjects did your dear Mum teach? Was Is that where you went to primary school? How about secondary school? And the University?

Souza She started her career as a history and art teacher in the primary section and then went on teach kindergarten for the rest of her term in addition to her art teaching career in primary school. She taught at St. Anne’s High in Mumbai. A Catholic and government funded institution

After finishing basic high school I left for Australia at the young age of 17 and pursued a diploma and career in food processing technology in Sydney for 6 years. I was disillusioned after learning how unhealthily commercial food was processed but kept drifting between dead end jobs to make ends meet often battling bouts of depression with my deteriorating health from all the junk food I was eating (one of the perks of being in the industry after all). After a brief stint in India I returned to the West spending time in Geneva, Switzerland and Dublin, Ireland (back in food processing) until I returned to India when I received the news of my mum’s terminal cancer battle. It was only after her passing and hitting rock bottom, that I founded Green Education, embracing a life long dream to be closer to nature and plant life.

Milwaukee Renaissance.What is involved in “food processing technology?” What kind of work did you do in Australia, Geneva, Switzerland, and Dublin in the food processing industry?

Souza.

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