India: Man grows veggies in PVC pipes

Mithilesh Kumar Singh, who is from the village of Ballia in Uttar Pradesh, spent the majority of his youth playing outside and watching his family work in the fields.

But when he moved to Azamgarh for his schooling and then to Delhi for a career, everything changed. "Like many young people, I relocated to Delhi in 2007 after finishing my degree in computer science engineering in the hopes of finding a well-paying job. However, I was unable to join any organization, so I decided to pursue my love of writing by working as a content writer," Mithilesh said.

He has, over the years, worked for many portals and a global media content company. Although he was happy with his job, he recalls that the environment in the capital city was monotonous and extremely unhealthy. He explains, "I missed my village, with its green fields and farm-fresh food.

The 38-year-old and his wife, Vindhyavasini, had a garden on their terrace. "We reside on the top level of an apartment, and we originally used the terrace to grow ornamental plants. When the pandemic started, we considered producing vegetables as well," says Mithilesh.

However, Mithilesh and Vindhyavasini returned to their village for almost a year while the virus started rapidly spreading throughout the nation. "I gained a greater knowledge of farming and its practices during that time. This gave me the motivation I needed to start an organic vegetable garden at home in Delhi. My goal was to produce enough food for my family's needs while also giving away any surplus to others."

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