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Pearl onions, peanuts, lemon trees, and rice remind Narmadha of the vacations visiting her grandparents in a farming village near Perambalur. During the annual harvest festival called Pongal, all the farmers and families would thank each of the natural resources that helped them grow and harvest their crops. Goudhaman and Narmadha grew up in Southern India where their elders were strongly involved in the agricultural community, but they were encouraged to find successful jobs that were not so physically labor-intensive.

Years later, Goudhaman now sits at a desk for 10 to 12 hours a day at his IT job and has decided he wants to dedicate his time and energy to learning more about growing and harvesting. His goal is to move back to India in a few years to become a “24/7” farmer, closer to nature and family. He is building his foundations through the garden program at Community Crops. He talks about the benefits of being out in his plot,¬†“It is really good to stretch and be in touch with dirt and nature. It is better for your eyes. The Vitamin D helps. Gardening relieves stress and helps me feel happier”. He harvests okra, beets, radish, tomato, carrots and garlic in his plots at 1st & L and Narmadha happily supports him and cooks the bounty. “We have more than we need. We share with friends”.