Homesteading update : Composting our own shit

We started construction of compost toilet in May 2019 and completed in August, the same year. The compost toilet foundation and the chamber walls, the chamber ceiling were constructed with stones, hollow bricks, cement, sand and concrete. The walls were built with self-manufactured sun-dried adobe bricks made with farm sub-soil. The roof was a madras…

Introducing Vanya and our childbirth story

When Noushadya found out she was missing her periods in the month of May last year, she took a home pregnancy test. To be extra sure, she took it twice and then we informed our parents. To confirm the pregnancy, we visited a nursing home at Ambasamudram. And that’s how we had embarked on the…

Palmyra Sprouts Flour : A rare and unique Karpagatharu offering

Palmyra Sprouts Flour / பனங்கிழங்கு மாவு / ஒடியல் மாவு is a forgotten produce native to Tamil Nadu. It is grown from the seeds of the fruits of the magnificent Palmyra trees / பனை மரம். Palmyra trees are referred to as Karpagatharu (கற்பகதரு) in Sangam literature for the tremendous number of useful products the tree has…

COP26: Are India’s commitments enough?

The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, more commonly referred to as COP26, was the 26th annual conference, held in Glasgow, Scotland, in November 2021. Around 197 countries attended. The representatives were either the country’s leaders or delegates. Here is a summary of what India what has agreed to in COP26. There are only 7…

My thoughts on Natural Produce Costs and Pricing in Tamil Nadu

ஏன் இயற்கை விவசாயத்தில் விளைவிக்கப்பட்ட விளை பொருட்களின் விலை அதிகமாக உள்ளது? மேலே உள்ள கேள்வி ஒரு சாமானியனின் கேள்வியாக உள்ளது இதற்கான விடைகாணும் பொருட்டு ஒரு இயற்கை விவசாயியாக இதை ஒரு சாமானியனுக்கு புரியும் வண்ணம் எடுத்துரைக்க இந்த பதிவு. நீண்ட பதிவிற்கு மன்னிக்கவும் சற்று நேரம் ஒதுக்கி படித்தால் நம் வயிற்றிற்கு இடும் உணவு நல் உணவாக அமையும். பொதுவாக விவசாயத்தில் விலை நிர்ணயம் என்பது விவசாயிகளால் 100% நிர்ணயிக்கப்படுவதில்லை!!! பின் யார் விலை…

Launch of our logo and online store!

As our efforts move on from being just an individual farm to an organic farmers collective, telling stories about food + agriculture and selling organic produce direct from farmer to consumer, we thought it would best to change our identity from Noushadya & Sudhakar to Vivasayee’s Life as an entity. That’s how the discussion about…

Don’t Look Up : Is the end of Kaliyuga near?

Noushadya and I are now on a 2 month break at Kochi to deliver our baby at Birth Village, an informed Birthing Centre – more on this later. So, we are finally able to take some time out to indulge in watching movies on Netflix and spend some free time away from the land while…

Spotted : Russell’s Viper

On the lazy overcast sunday of the extended Diwali weekend, Noushadya and I were watching Jai Bhim, a well made movie inspired from real events based on the discrimination of Irular tribe by society, police and legal system of Tamil Nadu. The Irular tribe is known for their snake catching abilities amongst others. Half way…

Our Fountainhead of Inspiration : Prabhanjan Farm

When we bought this land at Vikramasingapuram, I faced buyers remorse and therefore several sleepless nights for several weeks. We were a family who had uprooted our comfortable city life and were planning to set up shop at a town that we had not even visited earlier. When we settled down and started to meet…