At 72, organic farming is passion for this Keralite nurse who returned from Switzerland
Kooroppada (Kottayam): When Annamma returned to Kerala from abroad ending five decades of expat life, she dedicated her time for organic farming. Her efforts finally yielded good result in the form of government award for best organic farmer in the district.
Annamma Trub (72), hailing from Pangada in Kooroppada, set up ‘Anne’s Farm’ on 4.5-acre land and cultivated different varieties of fruits and vegetables in completely organic method. The land was purchased 11 years ago.
A nurse by profession, Annamma has been living in Switzerland for 50 years. She returned to Kerala after the death of her husband Hanas Trub, a Swiss journalist, due to cancer in 2013. Following this, she studied about lifestyle diseases like cancer and decided to start organic farming.
Annamma started farming as per the advice of Fr Michael Ouseph Parambil from Kanjirappally. She adopted a different method combining organic farming and waste recycling. Apart from vegetables, she grows papaya, passion fruit and marigold flowers. She has also purchased some Vechur cows.
Kooroppada Krishi Bhavan also offered help to Annamma. The crops are sold via Eco Shops and weekly market with the help of Krishi Bhavan. Classes by experts are organised here occasionally to clear doubts about organic farming and to introduce novel methods of agriculture.
Annamma had built a smart classroom for Pangada school in memory of her late husband. She is also the author of a few books including ‘Ente Hanas’, ‘Anayatha Vilakku’, ‘The Secret of My Happiness’ and ‘Why Am I Organic’ based on her life experience.