When all the other Malayalees make their Onam Sadya with vegetables brought from the market and rice brought in from Andhra Pradesh (a majority of rice to Kerala comes from this State), Raveendran’s family would be making all the delicious Onam dishes with vegetables from their own garden. The rice used for the sadya is also cultivated at Raveendran’s house. The fascinating part is he grows vegetables and rice on his terrace at home. This ‘wonder’ farmer grows paddy in separate pots on his terrace along with vegetables, fruits and medicinal plants.
For Raveendran and his family, buying household items like vegetables is a story of the past. Raveendran started cultivating paddy on his terrace from 2002. But it was only in 2008 that he started cultivating it in bulk. Varieties such as Uma, Prathyaasha and Pokkaali are grown on his terrace. He believes that the yield is more in this new form of agriculture, since the fertilizer deposited remains at the root of the paddy. Another interesting thing about this farmer is that he only uses fertilizer made by himself. No chemicals are used at Raveendran’s farm.