A public library grows organic veggies in a temple complex
Chathannur: Plakkad public library has become a trail blazer by getting into organic farming with local volunteers pledging their time and produce being marketed without intense profit and loss calculations. The public library volunteers are cultivating on a one acre piece of leased land at the Plakkad Paingal temple complex.
The fully organic farm is taken care of by a 25member Committe that is headed by the President of the Public Library, Mr. M Subhash and Secretary K Satheesan. These member volunteers take turns to care of the farm in shifts running from six to nine in the morning and four to seven in the evening.
Fourteen different varieties of vegetables including the rare varieties of brinjals, amaranthus and chillies are grown here. Vermicompost and cow dung serve as the major fertilisers while the plants are sprayed with organic pesticides every ten days.
The leaders of the movement expressed satisfaction in their endeavour. They have also said that the next will be an effort to spread the agriculture to more land. Minister Mercy Kutty Amma had inaugurated the harvest in the fields. Harvest and sales happen on all Sundays.