Sustainable Development in Northern India
Spring is knocking at the door! And in Rajhol migrant camp we are starting to harvest some winter vegetables.
Carrots, radishes, mustard and coriander are the crops we are harvesting; Peas, potatoes, onions and garlic are still waiting, eating peacefully, enjoying the visits of bees attracted by the yellow mustard flowers and watching the kids running around the four raise beds. Kids! The most dangerous visitors, they hang around stepping on the pour veggies. Most of the time the visit finishes when Badu (grandmother of almost all of them) sees them and follows them shouting and threatening them with a stick. Hard life if you are an onion in the migrant camp!
The migrants are happy, enjoying the flavours of their small but tasty veggies. However, they don’t know how to harvest them. For example, they cut the leaves of the carrots leaving the tasty and nutritious red carrot inside the ground. Yes! I said red, that’s the colour of carrots in our region! We taught them how to harvest it. However, we will have to explain it again with new signs. Here we are also getting a graduate in theatre.
At the same time, we are preparing a new plot to fill it with summer crops: Tomatoes, Eggplant, Chillies, Lady Fingers and several varieties of beans and some medicinal and aromatic plants to help us to keep the pests away. This will be the second sowing season since we started. We breathe optimism and we are getting ready to open the door to the beautiful and productive spring.
Seasons in Kangra Valley, Himachal Pradesh
The sowing time is quite confusing so let me explain how it works. In our region, Kangra valley, Himachal Pradesh, North West of India there are three seasons; winter from November to mid February; summer from mid February to June; Rainy season from June to September. The periods between summer and winter and between rainy season and winter have short spring and autumn.
Miquel Saludas, Spain
Organic Farming Project Manager, Rajhol