Bhaskar Save was born in 1922 in the charming village of Dihri in Gujarat, India. He had a happy childhood and reminisces about his formative years. “Farming was a natural, intercultural part of life
, changing according to the season. It was a fulfilling occupation - not the alienated, anxiety ridden struggle it has become with modern methods.” Bhaskar Save grew up on his family farm which cultivated traditional crops like rice, pulses and vegetables. Despite the demands of farming there was abundant leisure time, which allowed him to observe and enjoy the beauty and gifts of nature. He spent ten years as a teacher while working every day from 6:00 to 10:00 am on the family farm.
In 1951 he married Maltiben. In the same year he dug a well and, along with water irrigation, came the first use of chemical fertilizers. He started to have bumper crops which even attracted public attention. This led the director of a fertilizer company to offer him an agency for marketing chemical fertilizers
! He was convinced as well as convincing with this new form of agriculture and became a “model farmer” in the early days of the so-called “green revolution”. In the mid- 1950s, he was able to buy one hectare of land suitable for growing paddy. This was the foundation of his present Kalpavruksha farm. Save soon realised that he had entered a vicious cycle with the use of chemical fertilizers. Just to avoid dropping yields he had to use more and more mineral fertilizer.