For Chottanikkara-native Ezekiel Paulose, his favorite factor to do is the gathering and safety of uncommon medicinal crops.
However farming isn’t just a interest for him. He hails from a farming household the place his ancestors had been full-time cultivators. “My father was a mechanical engineer however cherished farming a lot. It was he who first began gathering medicinal crops. That’s how I received too,” says Ezekiel, who works as a techniques architect in Bengaluru.
The medicinal herbs backyard is put collectively on the four-acre land close to his house. Right here there are 500 varieties, together with rudraksha, paarijatha, cluster fig, gurmar, Lakshmi taru and betadine crops. Different crops in his backyard embrace shimshapa from Sri Lanka, which is tree turmeric confirmed to be efficient for pores and skin issues and anali vegam from Agasthyamalai used as an antidote for viper bites.
Other than medicinal crops, there’s an area reserved for some unique plant species just like the pitcher in addition to duck, black fowl and fish farming. “I’m practising an built-in farming methodology which is the upkeep of livestock, poultry and fish in the identical place. One’s excreta turns into the opposite’s meals. For instance, fishes are stored in a 1,45,000 litre tank from which the sludge is collected for use because the meals for geese and black fowls,” explains the farmer.
Moreover, Ezekiel’s home in Kerala is supplied with a rainwater harvester and photo voltaic panels which takes care of your complete water and electrical energy wants of the household.
The drugs man
It was throughout 2007-2008 that Ezekiel kicked off his medicinal herbs assortment. “This interest requires effort and to an amazing extent, cash too. After I received my first job and received to journey across the nation as a part of it, I took the plant assortment significantly. Typically it’s from fellow hobbyists in change for every other plant and in any other case, it’s purchased. I additionally grew to become a part of a group of medicinal plant collectors,” shares the 39-year-old.
Ezekiel’s pals in Karnataka and Northern states normally assist him to find uncommon crops and ship them throughout. “When folks go to my backyard in quest of any plant or medicines, relying upon the provision, I promote them and even give them away free of charge,” he says.
Whereas the farmer was working in Bengaluru he used to go to his house in Ernakulam each weekend to ensure the crops had been superb. After the lockdown and the following work-from-home orders, he now finds time to take care of the crops. “My household, together with my spouse and two youngsters, are additionally engaged in these actions. We encourage children to make new saplings of a plant and preserve the curiosity for gardening alive,” he gushes.
The gardener says that preserving the uncommon forms of such crops is important as they’ve wonderful medicinal properties. “Nature is aware of finest in terms of therapeutic. In case of wounds or different illnesses, none of us in the home runs to a hospital. If we all know the right components and crops, there’s a resolution for each illness on this medicinal backyard,” he says.
Ezekiel additionally provides that it has by no means been about ‘discovering time’ for this interest. “Everybody has or ought to have a interest which may calm the thoughts and energise us to face no matter life throws our manner. That is why I began this assortment. It has develop into a ritual to go to the backyard earlier than and after work. It’s a large meditative follow for me,” he shares.
He provides that he additionally likes his vintage assortment. Area in his home is reserved to showcase the wide selection of artefacts he has gathered from varied places. His assortment features a gramophone, typewriter, utensils, tailoring machine, measuring bowls and extra.
Ezekiel’s dream is to show his ancestral house and the backyard round it right into a ‘natural homestay’. “I’m planning to design it as an ideal getaway from metropolis life. The presence of all these medicinal crops itself is a sort of detoxing which is way wanted nowadays,” he says.
The passionate gardener additionally provides that he hopes to the touch the magic variety of 1,000 medicinal crops and broaden his backyard right into a inexperienced haven.
Edited by Yoshita Rao
Picture Credit: Ezekiel Poulose