For Avir and Avan
Our children inspire us in so many ways.They push us to reveal sides of ourselves and drive passions that we never knew existed and for me this passion is Organic Farming!
The moment a woman becomes a mother, the maternal instinct kicks in, and she wants to be a source of health and nutrition to her child. I have always been conscious of sourcing good quality, nutritious food for my family but when my babies arrived I found this to be more challenging than ever. As I began to feed them their daily nutritional requirement of fruit and vegetables I began to worry about where these came from and just how much chemical my babies were ingesting, how much we all were ingesting and what all of this meant in the long term. I spoke to other parents, doctors, nutritionists, environmentalists & farmers. I studied the impact various food and lifestyle choices had on our well being and longevity but most of all on the health and development of my children.
Buying organic is easier said than done. While there are many organic options available for cereals, pulses, oils and other foods, complete with the necessary certification, sourcing our daily requirement of organic fruit and vegetables was another story. And even when these were available they often came with no certification and there was rarely a steady supply of the variety we needed. The only way to know for sure was to cultivate my own and this is exactly what I did on an untouched piece of land in Latur, Maharashtra. With the help and efforts of the local organic farmers and environmentalists, I have managed to get bountiful harvests without the use of any chemical fertilisers or pesticides.