A day in the life of a shepherd

What does a shepherd do the whole day? He accompanies the sheep. Is that all he does? Walk with them? Play the flute? Daydream? A dream job, indeed! Have you had these kinds of thoughts when you saw sheep / goats dotted around on the landscape…? Or perhaps the shepherd as much as the sheep […]

Watching the forests grow…

The fires were always a problem. Shepherds from far and wide brought their flocks, sometimes as big as 10,000 animals, for grazing here. Often they would carelessly toss out their lit beedis and unwittingly start fires. Once a fire starts, it moves very fast, feeding on the dry, thick layer of grass. It can lay waste acres and acres of land. If I saw a fire, I would run to the village to raise an alarm. All would then rush back and work together, and beat the fires out with eeta leaves. It was very hard work. The flames often burnt our hands and the smoke would choke us, making our eyes burn and water. But what to do..? It was either that or see all our work turn to ashes.

Going the Organic way…

This is my 6th year of the change in farming from chemical inputs to organic methods. Soil has become healthier. The birds which had disappeared during the chemical phase returned. The yields are good, and the soil is healthy and thriving.

Arika stands tall

I am known as the Arika farmer in the village. I was the first one to cultivate Arika (Kodo millet). People laughed at me and thought I was crazy. But I went ahead. At the end of it, it was I who went home laughing… because I made more than the ones who cultivated groundnut.

Nagaratna comes home

It used to be very difficult earlier. We were shunned by the whole community. People stopped coming to our house. Nagaratna herself was shooed away by close family members. The community never supported us during our crisis.

 

Our Beginnings

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Our Milestones

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