…growing heirloom tomatoes
heirloom cherry tomatoes
heirloom cherry tomato mix box
heirloom tomatoes for seed
…learning about roots
beet, our 3rd season of trials, and finally!
purple vienna knolrabi, atomic red carrot
…making ghee (clarified butter)
…grazing and milking our growing family of cows
Aaie and Baliya on their morning graze… Baaliya’s first walk into the wild
Dharti… she’s really a deer dressed as a cow
…making our own packaging from supari (betel) tree leaves
heirloom tomatoes in-house packaging
heirloom tomato box
…fermenting edibles from the zen garden!
pickins from our zen garden to ferment. herbs, leaves, flowers, spice
choucroute ready to sit
…expanding our heirloom tomato collection
cornu des andes
…sourcing produce from other farmers to encourage their good practices and get them better value for their work
Rice grown by farmer Prakash
Indigenous tomatoes grown by farmer Biju
What’s on the horizon? … Bees! We hope to home the hardworking-pollinating-honey-making-compound-eyed ones soon.
Packaging. When working with earth, a side mission becomes to rid oneself of our nouveau addiction to plastic. Here’s sharing our packaging practices…
We wrap fresh herbs, greens, berries in the leaves of indigenous trees, e.g., teak and fig, both solid leaves that hold for the purpose of transport. They also keep the produce extremely fresh, being of nature. Nature provides plenty of tie (e.g., sorrel stem, banana stem). For loose stuff (grains and powders), we reuse glass bottles/jars after sterilization. Fruits are loose in cloth bags. Newspaper is one of our last resorts, to avoid the leaching of printing ink into our food.
No, we’re no saint. We’re not entirely off land either. Our preserves and tisanes live in glass. But here’s the key to the thought process… While each industry comes with it’s own dirty history, think of the product’s lifecycle load on the ecosys, that is, during growth, to process, it’s reusability, it’s recyclabilty, as also it’s end-of-life disposal.
A US EPA initiative that bodes well in this matter: Refuse > Reduce > Reuse > Recycle
Farm to fork – Herbs packaged in indigenous leaves
Herbs were harvested Friday morning. They traveled 6 hours via public transportation, on a glorious Indian summer day. They lived in the refrigerator upon receipt, in their original packaging. This photo was taken 2 days later, Sunday afternoon.
Toor Dal packaged in glass bottles, re-used after sterilizing