Today marks 30 days until I am home. That is so crazy and scary and I can’t believe our time went by so fast. The semester has been so challenging and difficult and I’ve felt completely overwhelmed at times.
There are 4 weeks left in the semester and we leave today for Delhi. I’m going to try to make the best of it. We’re finishing up our papers for the Environment, Ecology, and Sustainable Livelihood course.
So, in the environmental spirit, here are some reflections on farming:
For fall break, (what seems like eons ago) I and four other SJPDers spent a week on an organic farm. The farm is owned and operated by a 79 year old man Narayana Reddy.
Our introduction to farm life in India began with the trip to Wayanad in Kerela four-ish weeks ago (which is when I should have posted this… oops.) We met with a group of farmers on a farm inside the city of Wayanad. Granted I only saw one angle of the property when we approached, but the farm seemed inside the city. Super cool! Anyway, we walked up a few stairs from the busy Indian street and into a farm.
The farmers we met with were very pessimistic about the future of farming in India, saying such thing as there is no future for farming. They said that years ago people believed in investing their money in land and gold, but now families are investing their money in their children’s education.
Reddy had the complete opposite position. He believes that in twenty years 80% of farmers in India will be organic farmers. His crop yields are incredibly high (coconut trees with at least a hundred coconuts) and he is willing to teach any farmer who is interested how to stop using pesticides and synthetic fertilizers and to rely on micro-organisms.
Staying on Reddy’s farm for even that short while really makes me want to farm. I was thinking out loud about my future farm and said something along the lines of “All I need is one acre. Just a small garden,” and someone else (who escapes me) said something like “Ha! One acre is small?!”
Indian farms are quite “small”. The farmers we met with in Wayanad had a ½ acre. If I remember correctly…
In the environment course, we talked about Community Supported Gardens and how people grow veggies in their yards and how that’s enough fresh produce to feed several families.
So inspired! I probably don’t even need the acre afterall.
Anyway. I have to finish packing and get ready for our next adventure.