Sister Rose switches role from best college teacher to full-time farmer
Thrissur: Sister Rose Anto has given a break to her routine of teaching and has dedicated her time after prayers for farming. A recipient of the ward for the best college teacher, Sister Rose is a full-time farmer after her retirement in 2019. She maintains a 12.5 acre of paddy field at Peruvallipadam at Kombara in Irinjalakkuda here.
The people of the village often reminds the sister to take care while working hard on the fields, because she had donated one of her kidneys to a stranger in 2018. Sister Rose hails from Alappuzha and holds MPhil with first rank and PhD in Hindi Literature. She joined as Hindi professor in St Joseph's College in Irinjalakkuda in 1988. She became a sister in Holy Family Church in 1992.
After Bishop James Pazhayattil granted her permission to involve in social work, Sister Rose started farming. She was NSS programme officer and the in-charge of women cell in the college. When she retired as department head after 31 years of service, the University of Calicut honoured her with Prof M M Gani Award for best college teacher.
The sister donated her kidney to a cycle shop worker in Irinjalakkuda while she entered the 25th year of nunhood. Before retirement, she also cultivated paddy in Peruvallipadam for five years. The harvest and earnings from the farming and her pension are spent for the welfare of the poor people. Sister managed to deliver a load of essentials for the victims of Pettimudy landslide.
Sister Rose also engages in blood donation and nature conservation. She bought a car and learned driving to bring paddy and fertilizers. In order to prepare organic fertilizer 'Jeevamritham', she even started rearing a Kasaragod dwarf cow. She lives in a house near the fields. Sister inspires and guides the green army's paddy farming venture on 125 acres of land here.