Finally on 1st November I decided to get into farming as I got possession of joint family property of 4 acres to my single name. All of us were trying to sell the land as we all live in metros and cities, but the price offered was too low and I particularly did not want to sell off the ancestral property. Secondly I wanted to come back to my hometown – Trivandrum –Kerala, after I lost my father last year (Father was looking at the property for last several years.)
So Why Farming for someone from the computer field?
- The opportunity to breathe in the countryside a little further from the hustle and bustle of the city.
- My love of the outdoors and hard work outside
- To Self Management = Independence
- I always admired this saying – “When you eat, Thank a Farmer”
- To grow healthy vegetables – free from chemical fertilizers and poisonous insecticides
- The cost to return ratio can sometimes be troubling
- Long hours throughout the year in many different weather conditions
- Volatility of markets, harvests (a farmers livelihood)
- Self Management = Lots of pressure for a someone supporting a family
- High amount of start-up costs
- Lack of farming skills and knowledge
- Higher risk of failure than some other jobs
- Leaving a comfort zone
As I put together this list I realized a couple of things. First of all I found that it was easier to find negatives than it was to find the positives (as you can see by the lists). But, that really wasn’t surprising because in times of quiet reflection I am pretty good at finding the negatives. The second thing I realized is that most of my reasons for wanting to farm could be considered, “dreamy” reasons and my reasons for not farming were rather practical. So, is it bad that I want to farm for " dreamy " reasons? Well, yes and no! I’m sure that doing things because it feels good or right can get you into all sorts of trouble … especially financially. But, I am also sure that we need to follow our hearts at times, and that there is nothing wrong with being a good old fashioned dreamy at times. I would like to farm because of the lifestyle. I would like to farm because of the connection to the creation. I would like to farm because others before me (my father, my grandfather) did and they loved it despite all of the stresses, pains, and troubles. And lastly I want to grow good healthy vegetables which are free from chemical poisons which are eating away our health.
I have been in this forum for last 3 years and was actively following threads of people who wanted to start fresh but without making any comments. For past 1 year I have been visiting various farms in Kerala and Tamilnadu.
So I request senior members to advice me in this with your valuable advice and suggestions.
Farm Location: Trivandrum –Kerala
I will post the pictures of my farm land in a couple of days.