farm is formed by the alluvial deposit of the river. The water is
provided by the river itself. The cultivation of vegetables during
summer is done by Shukkur and
his friends. But the fruit of the effort is for the people at large to
enjoy for free.
Yes, it is not to
one or two persons that Shukkur provides free vegetables, but to about
150. As water starts receding from the shore during summer, the young
farmer gets to work. Among his crops are spinach, water melon, cabbage,
ladies finger, chillies, snake gourd, cauliflower etc. Benefactors
usually collect the produce directly from the farm.
Shukkur, father of 3
children, runs a footwear shop at Poonoor market. Every year,
vegetables worth more than Rs.10000 are cultivated here in the organic
way. He, his family and friends spend their spare time to cultivate
As rainy season
comes, the area goes underwater. Later, the river replenishes the
minerals and nutrients and gets the farm ready by the next summer.