Organic Farming – a beautiful way of being with nature
By Poornima Kadanur Krishnamurthy and Anjana Parikh
Have you ever realised how a walk in the forest or just a stroll by the beach can awaken your inner-self and leave you with a feeling of happiness, contentment, and peace. Yes. Our affinity with nature is deep-rooted.
An American architect Frank Lloyd Wright had said, "Study Nature, love Nature, stay close to Nature. It will never fail you."
Centre for Sustainable Organic Farming (C-SOF)/Jaivik Vigyan Kendra (JVK) situated in Denkanikottai in Tamil Nadu, is one place which will give you the opportunity to be close to nature. The center provides extensive hands-on training to farmers, officials, and entrepreneurs on sustainable and organic farming.
The journey is less than two hours drive from Bangalore City.
The serene and tranquil environment that surrounds C-SOF/JVK can easily inspire visitors to get involved in activities related to organic farming or trekking, or nature walks.
As the Center provides an opportunity to get a feel of organic farming, then you can roll up your sleeves and get a hands-on experience in sowing and cultivation of crops and fruits. For example, if you want to learn more about the process of paddy cultivation from sowing the seeds up to threshing (process of loosening the chaff from the grain), then the in-house tour guide will assist you in the process.
After a ‘hard-day’s work’, you may like to indulge in some mouth-watering organic meal.
For that matter, recently harvested rice with a dollop of pure ghee on top and an organic egg will not only satiate your hunger but will also make you crave for more. But you shouldn’t miss the centre’s chicken prepared in a South Indian style or spinach curry made from the freshly plucked palak. And, if you’re visiting the Centre between the months of May and July, then the taste of farm fresh mangoes will compel you to plan for another trip to CSOF/JVK soon.
For those who want to get a feel of rural India, C-SOF is the place you need to visit.
The Center also provides facilities where visitors can collect firewood from the nearby jungle and cook their own organic food in the open air.
Along with adults, C-SOF provides plenty of opportunities for children to learn and be close to nature. Here, they can take a splash in a pond full of water or tend the cattle, or feed the poultry birds. And, if you want to try your hands in making earthen pots, then C-SOF also gives you the opportunity to show your craftsmanship.
One of the features of the Center is that the local farmers are also involved in organic farming practices. These farmers are equipped with organic farming techniques.
At the end of the visit, you’ll realise that a day trip to C-SOF was worth a visit. Apart from being a get-away from the hustle-bustle of urban life, it’s also a learning place where one gets an opportunity to have an insight in to the organic agricultural sector.
#294/22, 7th Cross Road, 1st Block, Jayanagar,
Bangalore - 560011, India
Phone: 080-26561151/ 080-26561152