Solar Eclipse 2017

I still remember the total solar eclipse of 1980. It was February and the city in the beautiful hill town of Ranchi, India came to a standstill. All schools and offices were shut down by a local government decree. There was no amazon or internet those days. The newspapers came only the next day, TV…

Water Lilly

The water pond in the apiary had the first bloom of the water Lilly this season in the farm. The long term goal of our farm is to have a diversity supporting and complementing the native flora and fauna. Water Lilly in a small pond helps purify the water and shelter to many water based…

Farmer’s wish list

I am an engineer, a farmer, an apiarist, a photographer and an artist. The daily prompt challenge of ‘The poetry of list making’, made me think. A poem….Why not? To leave behind a sustainable farm Full with attainable charm Zero tilling and no chemicals Lots of compost and some animals Flowers, fruits and vegetables Year…

Event on Harnessing Solar Energy

Greenbytes farm is coordinating the event with the help of Washington Borough’s Green Team to make this even possible. The following is the even press release by the Washington Borough’s BID office. WASHINGTON (July 16, 2016) – Everyone has seen a cooking demonstration; they’re a staple of farmers’ markets and foodie events. But visitors to the weekly Washington…

Eastern Blue Bird

    Eastern Blue Birds (Sialia sails; family of Thrushes) are small in size (16-21cm), beautiful blue-feathered birds with a partial white and orange breast. They typically will lay 3-7 eggs at a time and eggs are blue in color too. They feed mainly on insects and this makes them valuable for the farm ecosystem. Eastern…

New Born Fawn

A newly born fawn found resting in the farm while the doe went out foraging for food. The fawn played out there still and did not even blink its eyes. Even a touch did not invoke a reaction. The fawn had spectacular white dots and beautiful soft hairs on the head. I felt blessed to see a…

Eastern Box Turtle

Eastern Box Turtle is a protected species and is generally found in deciduous forests, being a land reptile. Contrary to perception, it may drown when placed in deep water. It is elusive as it can easily hide below fallen logs, moist leaves and dirt. It is exciting to know, our farm has a box turtle too. Our…

Why we do farming

Why not? John F Kennedy once said, to quote “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them”. How true are the words. We talked all the time to save the planet and blamed all the evil to the chemical laced farm…

Sustainability and United States

Today, the world lives in the 21st century. This phrase in itself is very powerful and important. It stands for all that the human generation has learnt from the industrial revolution and the two world wars in the 20th century. The human race has survived the numerous wars and the holocaust, reached moon and beyond,…