Malabar Pepper by Kaani tribe, KMTR forest

Dichotomy of the cultivated and the wild More & more people are slowly coming to realize the destruction settled-agriculture has caused on the planet by cutting down forests. So, it is upon our generation to restore them or at least, preserve them, now that we are aware that : forests are one of the many…

Palm Jaggery – King of Sweeteners

In the first 17 years of my life in Bombay, I used to wait for Taadgola every summer. I vividly remember the vendors who used to sell Taadgola in the corner of the road 100 metres from our house in the suburbs. I used to coax my mother to buy some whenever we used to…

Agni-nakshatiram, Cyclones and Rice harvest

When Noushadya and I chose to settle down for life in Tirunelveli, few geographical factors that this district had rooting for itself were : No major seismic activity in the past 100 years It was far away from the coast. So it wouldn’t face the wrath of rising sea levels directly in the next few…

Native cows arrive at the farm

After a long wait, native cows a.k.a naatu maadu arrived at our farm on 28th February 2021. We were rearing hybrid cows (cross between jersey with native breeds) until last month. But their high maintenance needs made us re-evaluate our decision. It was two years ago, between February and April 2019, that 3 cows :…

Farm Bills and Stone Age

A common argument that we hear against the simple lifestyle that Noushadya and I are trying to lead is that we are going backwards from the common narratives of progress and development. The comment that we usually encounter is that we are heading towards the stone age. While it is known or can be intelligently…

Solar Dehydrator and Vana Tulsi

Shade and sun drying are the most sustainable ways to preserve food for long duration. We, at our farm, utilize the power of the sun directly with this process. With minimum industrially produced goods such as meshed trays, glass and black paint, we have got a solar dehydrator made locally to shade dry flowers, herbs,…

Cold pressed oils : Fad or here-to-stay ?

Oils labelled as cold pressed oils have started appearing in supermarkets, kirana stores, exclusive oil shops all around us. They are being sold in both packaged and loose forms. In Tamil, it is called Sekku Ennai; or pronounced as Chekku Ennai by people of southern Tamil Nadu. The manufacturers are both domestic as well as…

Farm Obituary 2020

Kapila It is with a lot of regret and grief that we are informing you that Kapila, the 2nd cow we brought to the farm last year, passed away on 21st November afternoon. She was grazing when her rope got stuck to a young tree and she fell from a 3 feet ledge on her…

The Wilting Flower

The wilting flower is a joy to behold too. It had lived a great life of sunshine and breeze and petals that showered pollens to the flirty kisses of bees. It had seen the wondrous growth of forests and touched the bellies of small squirrels standing inquisitively on their hind legs. It has played its…