When I’m not at the community center “geek station,” I try to learn and help my host-family with some minor farming related activities. This brings me to another thing I’ve learnt. Farming is painful! I knew it would be hard work, but I had no appreciation for the laboriousness of farming until I lived it. Farming with no machines is just unnecessary torture.
This afternoon, I helped my host-family by beating the living daylights out of a stack of soy bean harvest. The goal is to beat the beans out of their pods. The beans are then swept and collected manually with a broomstick, and then cleaned and laid out to dry. The amount collected today would be enough to feed one family for a couple of months. So this is self-sufficient organic farming and not mass-production farming.
A great way to release energy release if one is restless or frustrated.
The beans are out! Amen.
The final product. Soy beans for delicious Dhal…yummm!