With the State witnessing fluctuating vegetable prices, Chacko Joseph and family, braving peak summer, are passionately engaged in homestead organic farming.
Mr. Joseph, 60, has managed to cultivate over 60 varieties of crops on his eight-cent residential premises at Kanhangad South. His house occupies four cents of land.
There are a cow shed, a fish pond, a beehive, and an azolla tank to grow fodder. The family also rears poultry.
Among other things, there are coconut and areca nut trees, papaya, Chikku, plantains, orange, pepper, tapioca, pineapple, ginger, turmeric, and paddy. Crops are cultivated in grow-bags on the terrace measuring 1,200 sq ft.
Specially tailored bags are also being used to grow jack fruit, mango, pomegranate, guava , cherry, and other fruits, besides vegetables. Over 50 varieties of flowering plants add colour to the yard.
Mr. Joseph, hailing from nearby Ennappara locality, is ably supported by wife Mary.
Kerala Development Tourism Society helps in bringing his innovative ideas to frution.