A House made of Earth – Part 3

This is Part 3 of a three part series of our story of the construction of our house using locally available sustainable material and skill. Click here to read Part 1 and Part 2. I am not sharing too many technical details for I am not an expert. Those who are interested in the finer…

A snapshot of happenings at our farm

We are building a food forest and kitchen garden for ourselves at Papanasam, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India since July 2018. We have been focusing on adding a lot of carbon / organic material to the soil. That’s why you will see photos covered with neem, mexican sunflower and glyricidia. We have let the old neem…

My opinion of Covid root causes

I have been avoiding in getting involved in discussions around coronavirus much because I am in a bubble. Until this blog post. All I can hear about when we hear the solutions to Covid are : Vaccines and Herd immunity. And definitely vaccines more than herd immunity or personal immunity. While vaccines are a good…

A House made of Earth – Part 2

This is Part 2 of a three part series of our story of the construction of our house using locally available sustainable materials and skills. Click here to read Part 1. I am not sharing too many technical details for I am not an expert. Those who are interested in the finer details of the…

A House made of Earth – Part 1

This is Part 1 of a three part series of our story of the construction of our house using locally available sustainable materials and skills. I am not sharing too many technical details for I am not an expert. Those who are interested in the finer details of methods employed, please Comment below or write…

Introducing Kabir and thoughts on bull rearing

Introducing Kabir, the first calf born in our farm, the newest addition to our family. Kapila was the 2nd cow who arrived at the farm last year February had just delivered a male calf Krish then. We knew of the impending delivery on account of Kapila’s demeanour from 22nd June morning. Seshaiyya had volunteered to…

Closest encounter with the Sambhar Deer

Last week, just when we were locking the gate at the end of the day, we had heard a crying sound we hadn’t heard before and immediately knew something was amiss nearby. In a National Geographicesque scene, 2 hunting dogs, a Chippiparai and a Kombai, owned by a nearby farmer chased a huge Sambhar deer…

Is MakeInIndia a wise decision for the 21st century?

To reduce poverty in our country, a common solution proposed by experts is that people need to move away from agriculture and into manufacturing & services : manufacturing because of China’s prowess and services because of India’s success in IT. A few years back, I was of the same opinion, thanks to conditioning. I am…

Is Organic produce truly tastier? And our papaya story so far…

It has finally started raining Papayas at the farm after a long mouth watering wait. The feature image photo is the 2nd papaya we harvested from the farm. We couldn’t wait to start eating the first papaya last week and hence the lack of social media excitement. 😉 While the saplings were given free of…