Thursday, 27th April 2017, Geeli Mitti Farms, Village Mahrora, Uttarakhand, India:
During our entire stay at Geeli Mitti, we ensured that we spoke to every volunteer and participant of the workshop. We interacted with Ashish from Rajasthan, who spent a few years in the corporate world (in the construction business) only to realise that he wanted more from life. After having saved up enough, he’s been travelling for quite a while now – gathering key life lessons and learning how to build earth homes, before he can set up his base at Dharamshala.
The other interesting conversation I had was with Ganesh from Vidharbha district in Maharashtra. Infamously known for its highest rate of farmer suicides, young Ganesh has been trained in square foot gardening and sustainable living and agriculture. He’s here assisting Shagun at Geeli Mitti and hopes to go back and set up something that’s both environmentally and financially viable to the people back home.
Speaking to each one of them has been truly a humbling experience and I’m thankful to each one of them for having shared such deep knowledge about life and living with me.
In all this, I also lend a helping hand to the Dajus in plucking Masoor Dal from the fields. With Kunwar Singh exploring the fields with me, it was such a fulfilling day.