By: SWADESH KATOCH
A lot of people think that we need money if we want to do some social activities. It is not completely true. There are so many things that we can do without money. I am planning to do the following next year and if anyone of our group member like this idea then he can do the same in his village.
As I am sitting in the US – too far from my village, therefore I have to ask someone to do this for me. If I would have been near to my village, I would have prefered to do it myself.
What I am trying to do:
I will ask one my cousins to sow the seeds for different vegetables like cucumber (Kheera), Calabash Gourd (Ghiya), Squash (Kaddu), Okra (Bhindi), Eggplants (Brinjal – Baingan), Indian bittermelon (Karela), Basil (Bhavadi – Pahari name) etc.
Where we can do:
We will plant them on empty land, wasteland and on both sides of roads in the village. Someone told me that we should sow these seeds in February and the vegetables are ready by July- August. We do not need land to plant these vegetables. Two to three plants of each vegetables are enough to feed the whole village.
The whole thing will not cost me more than Rs. 100.
Who will benefit:
Poor people from the entire village will get vegetables for free for 2-3 months. Anyone can eat these vegetables. Birds, Monkeys and other animals too are welcome.
My aim is to make these vegetables available all around the year for free. But I don’t know the vegetable-names that we can produce through out the year.
I am also planting fruit trees like mango, Black berry (Sahtoot), Guava, peaches, figs etc. So that kids in the village can eat fresh fruits all around the year.
You can mail me your suggestions. If someone of you like this idea, we can repeat in other areas also. Critics can also send their take on this.