Women in Agriculture

Permaculture on the Farm: Lessons of Resilience

I didn’t know how much my annual plants would like to be nestled between established perennials, elders who hold the soil firm and strong around them while they establish their young roots. Plants like to be on contour so they can soak up all the water they desire. They need a system that is designed for them to survive and thrive… and not suffer or get sick.

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From a Garden in a Box to a Permaculture Farm in India: One Woman’s Story

It was a moment of Déjà vu. Only, this time it wasn’t the voice of Aaji, my grandmother, telling me excitedly that we could use the broken shelf as a vegetable bed on the terrace of the block of apartments we all lived in, a family of six then, in a one bedroom apartment in the concrete jungle of Mumbai, in India.

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Gardening Through Grief

Our love started like a fairy tale. I met my late husband in 2006 and it was love at first sight. We would spend ten years together, and have six sons in that time period. We both shared a love of nature, and had every intention of gardening and starting a farm. Plans changed when he became ill and our focus shifted to taking care of him more. Even though he was sick, he would muster up the energy to prepare the yard for gardening, he even planted the cilantro that is growing like crazy right now in the yard.

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