MAN WHO CULTIVATES KERALA-VEGETABLES IN USA
If you were a Keralite settled in USA and yet nostalgic about Kerala food cooked with Kerala vegetables, you could try the method of Dr. S.K.Ramaswamy, originally from Kidangoor, Kottayam and now in New Jersey. He decided to bring seeds of the vegetables from Kerala and start his own farm in a 2Ĺ-acre land, thus transplanting a bit of Kerala in his adopted land of 35 years.
gourd and snake gourd, ladies finger and peas, pumpkin and chillies and so
on grow in abundance in his farm. Dr.
Ramaswamy, who is a specialist in Aromatic plant at Colgate-Palmolive,
germinates the seeds in artificial light.
There are small mechanical devices to prepare the land.
And so he does the transplanting of saplings himself.
avoids chemical fertilizers and relies of dried cow dung available in
packets. A 200ft bore well
supplies water for irrigation. Like
chemical fertilizers, he avoids chemical pesticides also.
A good fence keeps the rabbits and deer at armís length.
the produce from the farm is more than that required for the family, he
gives away a portion of it to his friends.
The balance is stored in deep freezer and is used for up to 6
addition to South Indian vegetables, the doctor cultivates apple, plum,
peach and pear in his farm.
Dr. Ramaswamy in his farm
Courtesy: Suresh Muthukulam, Karshakashree, June 2001
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