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I Want: A Small Home But Bigger Space to Grow Our Food (and Hearts)

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A small home with a real large space (yard space) to grow my own food – this is what I’m dreaming of right now. In the meantime, we’re doing what we can with the space/soil in the yard we have. Trying to grow in the Goan monsoons  (July, Aug, Sept, Oct) was a steep learning curve. The rocky soil, the soil erosion, the pests (the joy and comedy of living right next to the paddy fields and ponds!), the stormy winds, and the time we got in bits and pieces with a baby – all put together – it almost eroded our enthusiasm and energy. Until this past month.

We’re back in the yard – with a new vigour, commitment and strategy – all thanks to a beautiful harvest of organically grown turmeric. The delicious turmeric+coconut+molasses drink that I made with it, cemented my resolve (to grow) deeper.


So, now I have sown a wide array of seeds – amaranth, red radish, green and yellow capsicum, fenugreek, coriander, onion (bulb), green chili, some gourds.

I hope the New year will bring renewed colours in our yard. Wish us luck. But, more than that – wish us what it takes to stay committed on this path no matter how much or how little food we get on our plates – from our garden of hope.

Happy New Beginnings and Continuums to you and your family!

Talking about small homes, I came across this TedEx talk in which Andrew Morrison discusses the impact of big homes on one’s wallet, peace of mind and relationships, and how tiny homes allow one to “live within the scale of one’s humanity.”

Well, though I don’t think I can manage in a TINY home with two children, I do feel like I can do without a big home (that we have right now) with two children. That would save Avie and me (both of us are cleanliness and aesthetics freaks) the time and energy and heart to get our hands ‘dirtier’ in the yard.

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  • Sunita January 3, 2015, 8:40 pm

    Oh!!! Your turmeric is SO healthy-looking! Congratulations! What a cool thing to see in mid-winter. Our local farmers have just taken up growing ginger and turmeric in hot greenhouses (during the summer only of course!), and I can’t believe the difference in eating these truly fresh instead of buying them shipped from far away.

    • Rashmie January 13, 2015, 11:55 pm

      Sunita, sorry about the really late reply. I’ve been so determined to write that one article every day for the blog for the past two weeks or so, that an hour I get to myself I spend it away for the article. Even though i tried, I could not manage to reply to all the comments i received from lovely friends/readers like you. So, for the past two days, i decided to take a break and take some time aside to reply and connect. it feels nice to connect while writing those articles. Without your comments and feedback, writing won’t be as much fun.
      And yes, I totally agree about eating locally grown versus something that was shipped across continents. Here in Goa, I love the sight of women folk selling their small produce in cane baskets. They come with their baskets filled with a few cucumbers, amaranth greens, papaya, bananas. These veggies (not much) get over in no time.

  • Miquela January 4, 2015, 5:38 pm

    My husband and I dream of buying a farm in France when his contract in Egypt ends. To that end, we are learning all we can about homesteading now and practicing growing things on our balcony. The learning curve is still going to be steep, even with all the theory under our belts, but we’re committed to making it happen.

    Your turmeric reminds me that I need to try planting some sprouted ginger…and that I need to look into greenhouses. :P

    • Rashmie January 13, 2015, 11:48 pm

      As I hear more about your journey towards having your own farm, I feel intrigued to know more. Would you be interested in writing about this journey, for my blog – in the form of an article, elaborating how you’re growing things on your balcony – as a step towards graduating to farm.
      I’d be honoured if you write about this for my blog. But, if not, no worries. I’ll still understand… :-)