This Goa Couple Grows 3000+ Veggies & Fruits In Their Home Garden Without Using Soil Or Any Chemicals

Organic Farming By Uma Nagar | 4 min read

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The unlimited use of chemical pesticides and fertilisers in the conventional method of agriculture has contaminated the food that we consume. In short, we have consumed poisonous food for a long time. However, after COVID-19 was widespread, we humans have taken our health seriously and many of us have switched to organic farming and sustainable living.

As per the data, around 58% of consumers feel that sustainable living is important. For that organic farming or creating a home garden or kitchen garden at home has become the most followed way. Today, Mad4India brings you the story of Peter Satwant Singh who left his job and created the home garden to produce organic products that cured his wife who battled with Leukaemia and has been living a sustainable life for 44 years.

What is a Home Garden?

People have been adapting organic farming in various ways, Home Garden is just another way of adopting organic farming. Home Garden is a creating a space in our homes for the production of vegetables, fruits and other plants for the family use. We produce our organic food and crops in our home Garden. It is an important and inexperienced way of providing a continuous supply of fruits and vegetables to our family. Creating a garden at home surely requires the efforts that makes our life sustainable and healthy.

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Meet the Goa Couple who created garden at home

Peter Satwant Singh and his wife, Neeno Singh have been living a sustainable life and eating Saatvik food for many years. Currently residing in Goa, this couple has turned their home into a garden and started living sustainably. This couple has 185 square meters of greenhouse and rooftop garden, in their house at Dona Paula, Panaji, they produce 120 kilograms of fish a year and grow 3,000 plants of vegetables and fruits.

Full NamePeter Satwant Singh
Age77 Years Old
EducationPhD in Mathematics
Relationship StatusMarried
Wife’s NameNeeno Singh

Well, living sustainably and growing a home garden is not something easy. Especially when Peter Satwant Singh was well-settled as he was a mathematician who gave up on research for progressive farming.

Peter was born in Punjab where he had seen the old ways of farming when no artificial fertilisers and pesticides were used. After completing his PhD in mathematics. In 1973, Peter got married to Neeno Singh and they moved to Punjab where this couple did organic farming and set up a garden full of various plants such as peaches, plums, pears, and Kinnow to enjoy different fruits all year round. In addition to this, this couple also have done the Bee farming for the production of Honey.

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They lived a well-sustainable life but then they moved to Delhi in 1979 for their children’s schooling. In Delhi also, they created their home garden where they grew vegetables and fruits to enjoy their sustainable life and eat organic food.

Peter’s Wife battle against Leukaemia

When Peter’s wife Neeno Singh was diagnosed with Leukaemia. She was undergoing treatment at the AIIMS when a Doctor suggested the ayurvedic treatment. Then, they met the Ayurvedic doctor in Dehradun who revealed the positive effects of eating the Satvik eating meaning consuming unprocessed food. As Neeno Singh’s treatment continued, this couple minimised the consumption of processed food which eventually led them to grow fresh vegetables and fruits and create their home garden.

In 2009, Neeno Singh got a bone transplant and fully recovered from the leukaemia in 2011. But the struggle was still there as living in the polluted air of Delhi was affecting Neeno’s health. Peter and his wife suffered constantly from the Bronchial problems. So they both decided to shift to Goa in 2013 to escape the Delhi pollution. In Goa, their son had purchased a house for them.

There, they faced the difficulty of getting adjusted to Goa food as they were used to eating organic food. In Goa, it was difficult to find organic food and they don’t want to go back to eating the processed food available in the market.

Using the Aquaponic technique

In Goa, they didn’t have much space to create a big garden that’s when they discovered the Aquaponic technique to grow plants in less space which helped them to create a sustainable model of living in Goa too. In this technique, the basic need was the fish tank with the pump that collects the fish waste in the centre of the tank. Then that fish waste transfers to an area called a biofilter where bacteria convert the waste into ammonia, nitrates and other minerals that in turn flow through pipes to become the food for the plants.

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This couple also mentioned that with this technique, they continued to grow their home garden without using any artificial fertilisers and manure. They used Vermi compost manure made from kitchen waste, fruit and vegetable peels, mustard cakes and fish compost. For pesticides, they used neem and turmeric.

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In addition to the production of fruits and vegetables in their home garden, they also make sure to recycle the waste using a rainwater harvesting system and consume less than 1000 litres of water in one day. To reduce pollution and combat heat, they have adopted different methods such as using the Khus grass as the cover for the exhaust fans.

Creating a Sustainable Life

Today, they are living a successful sustainable life as they don’t even use air conditioners during summer and eat healthy and pure organic food. They also started giving online courses to provide knowledge about the aquaponic techniques to the people of South Delhi and Gurgaon. This couple also created an aquaponic model for the school students so that they can learn about sustainable living. This couple is also a member of the Botanical Society of Goa where they participate in home garden competitions every year and they have won the first prize in the year 2016, 2017 and 2019.

Mad4India is thrilled to learn about this unique technique of Aquaponic from this power couple and hopes that their story inspires other people to adopt sustainable living.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Aquaponic?

Aquaponic is a system of aquaculture in which the waste produced by the fish supplies essential nutrients to the plants hydroponically which in turn purify the water also.

What is the age of Peter Satwant Singh?

Peter Satwant Singh is 77 years old.

What is Leukaemia?

Leukaemia is a type of cancer of the body’s blood-forming tissues that is caused by genetic changes in blood cells produced in bone marrow cells.

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