Octogenarian couple tries farming to make lockdown time productive; gets stunning yield
An elderly couple, who started organic farming during the lockdown, are now happy to see the unexpected yield from their kitchen garden. Kottayam Vaikom native M P Narayanan Nair and wife Leela N Nair turned their house compound into a paradise of greenery during the COVID lockdown.
Narayanan Nair, who is 86-years-old, acts as a yoga trainer at Pranav Yogashram and 84-year-old Leela is a retired school principal. When they found the long days indoors quite boring, both decided to start farming. For the past two months, they have been using only the vegetables harvested from their garden.
The couple has grown many crops including bitter gourd, snake gourd, ridge gourd, long beans, spinach, cucumber, okra, brinjal, yam, taro and purple yam. As the harvest was more than expected, they gave the excess produce to their friends and neighbours in a bid to inspire them to start organic farming.
Since the couple are unable to go out due to their risky age group, most of the essentials were ordered via online. The fresh produce helped them avoid vegetables from the market. They also share online sessions of yoga for senior citizens to overcome stress during the lockdown.