Setting up a small urban organic farm

I am starting with two small pieces of land.

First is a 20 cents (1/5th of an acre) plot. Half of this plot already has banana plantation. A couple of trees are there in the other half, but they don’t seem to put too much of shade on the ground. Excluding the banana plantation, I am expecting roughly 8 cents of cultivable area to start with some vegetable crops.

Farming on this land is a group project. Nishad and I are going to work on this together, and probably bring in two or three more members. Nishad is from a very similar background as I’m, 20+ years of working in IT in the Middle East and US, and now in an entrepreneurial / executive role. Land is owned by a common friend of ours, Dinesh, who has generously agreed to give us the land for farming.

We hope to organically produce enough vegetables from this farm for our families. Each of the members would take turn and attend the farm. This land is close to my home, just 10 minutes walk away. We need to find a water source, well or bore well, and get electricity connection for irrigation. We are awaiting soil test results now to figure out what kind of soil preparation would be needed. So, there is some pre-work to do before we can get our hands dirty. 🙂

Second is a personal project on a similar size, 8 cents, plot. There is good vegetation in this land but no cultivation at present. Somebody seems to be letting their cow graze here, which is great (until I start farming) because it keeps the grass short and fertility of land stays in great shape. This plot is 20 minutes drive from my home and it will be difficult to visit every day. So I plan to plant crops that don’t need daily attention.

I hope to run this personal farm in a financially self-sufficient model after the first few months. Meaning, I should be able to sell the produce for making enough money to run the farm and be able to distribute a part of the produce to family and friends. I know that’s too ambitious for a farm of this size, but nothing wrong in having a dream, isn’t it? 🙂

Like in the first case, I need to find water source, get electricity connection and do a soil test. I hope to make some progress over the next couple of weeks. Well, I better stop blogging and start farming. 🙂

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