This farm, Yogi Farms , is a part of an experimental project, to see which winter crops are best suited to the soil and climatic conditions in Goa. The people managing the farm, Yogita and Karan , do not have a background in agriculture or farming, but they more than make up for this with their interest and passion for organic farming.
Bok Choi/ Pak Choy Bamboo Spinach Cauliflower bed
Cauliflower leaves tied together to make an "umbrella" for the cauliflower
Marigold bush that acts as protection against nematodes
Salad greens A tomato sapling Cluster beans
Knol Kohl/ Kohlrabi
Not only does the farm grow vegetables which are typical in Goa like red amaranth leaves (tambdi bhaji as it is known here), okra (ladies’ fingers/ bhende), cucumber (taushe), cluster beans (chitki), eggplant/ aubergine (brinjal/ baingan/ vayangi), spring onions, turmeric (haldi), onion and garlic scapes, but also vegetables like cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, knol-khol (kohlrabi), capsicum/ bell peppers, spinach (paalak) which are typically grown in parts of India that have cooler climates. They have also successfully raised herbs like rosemary, varieties of basil and mint, sage, etc as well vegetables like bok choi/ pak choy, broccoli, rainbow corn, cherry tomatoes, a variety of lettuce including butter crunch lettuce and arugula on the farm.
They use dried cow dung/ cow pats and panchagavya as fertilizer. Panchagavya is also a good pesticide as it the practise of planting marigolds in between saplings the beds as these are good for controlling pests especially nematodes. Marigolds also fetch a good price in the flower markets locally. My trip has got me enthused for now about extending my meagre pot collection in which some basil, mint, lemon grass and chillies are fighting to survive. I came back from the farm with some eggplant and tomato saplings which I have planted in a couple of pots. If they survive, I’m planning to go back and pick a little more stuff from the farm that should be able to grow in my pots like some herbs and may some salad greens.