Happy New Year!
I'm back in town quickly and, hooray! the internet is working! So, FOR REAL THIS TIME, I present you with "Sarah's Life on Niramayam Farm."
I live here:
|Hagrid's hut, anybody?|
After I'm sufficiently caffeine-ed, I head out to the fields to do some work!
|Suresh plowing fields the old-fashioned way|
I have quite a few tasks that I have undertaken here at the farm. Ramesh, the owner of the farm, was interested in testing out a few new ways of farming and set the tasks to his WWOOFers. We built a few gardens using "the double dig" method, where, you guessed it, we turn the soil over twice. We've also built an herb spiral, started a few different types of compost piles, started a Fukuoka-inspired field, and built a pond! Ramesh has also assigned me the task of photographing and identifying the birds on his farm. Easily the most fun and frustrating task I've ever been handed.
|Compostin'. 1 part organic matter (leaves, kitchen scraps, etc...), 1 part cow shit.|
After a day's work, we pass the time eating, drinking, and being merry in the good ole outdoors.
|Silipy! Daughter of Bayla, the unphotographable.|
|Ze Mountains at Dusk|
|Desraj and Suresh, two of the farm's awesome workers.|
|Being silly by the fire|
I leave you all with another installment of "How To..."
How To Make a Clay Pond Using Common House/Farmhold Ingredients
Step 1: Gather the ingredients:
|A volunteer. The more unwilling, the better.|
|The most important ingredient of all. Fresh dung.|
Step 2: Tell your volunteer to mix the ingredients together. What? I certainly can't stick my hand in cow shit and take pictures at the same time!
Step 3: Once thoroughly mixed, wind up and SPLAT.
Step 4: Admire your handiwork and try not to breathe through your nose.