Would you like to start a farm? Today’s CLIDEMY Poll
I spent the whole day yesterday at an organic farm about 90 Kms from Chennai, as part of the experiential tours we are attempting at CLIDEMY.
It helps that I also coordinate the Chennai Climate Consortium, and this platform helped me gather about 30 folks from Chennai spend their entire day at an organic farm which is an integrated livestock & organic crops facility, watching cows moo, making seedballs, planting pumpkin seeds and generally hanging around nature.
While about half of the crowd had some connection to agriculture (professors, researchers, organic biz entrepreneurs), half of them were from engineering and IT/software backgrounds – the cubicle dwellers.
Interestingly the founder of Akshayakalpa Organic(Shashi Kumar), the company that runs and manages the farm, a prominent organic dairy brand in India, himself was a software engineer at Wipro for 17 years (a “coder”, in his words), before he switched to organic farming & dairy full time, with the objective of making agriculture a respectable and attractive business for future generations.
I spoke to some of the folks with engineering or software backgrounds, curious to know what brought them out of their Saturday couches to make the trip to a farm and spend a day walking around, dirtying their hands, being at the mercy of the sun god’s vagaries (who was, mercifully, quite pleasant yesterday).
𝐌𝐚𝐧𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐞 𝐜𝐮𝐛𝐢𝐜𝐥𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐨𝐟𝐟𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐝𝐰𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝐚 𝐤𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐢𝐧 𝐝𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐚𝐫𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐢𝐫 𝐜𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐫𝐬, 𝐚𝐭 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐭 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞.
A bit of a surprise for me, really.
But then, the white collar crowd that came yesterday perhaps does not represent the crowd in general, or represents a very small percentage.
All the above ruminations, on a lazy Sunday, beings up the CLIDEMY Poll question for today, especially for white collar professionals:
𝐖𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐛𝐞 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚 𝐟𝐚𝐫𝐦 𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐨𝐫 𝐢𝐧 𝐟𝐮𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞?
Poll by: CliDemy – the Climate Academy – 𝘸𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘩𝘶𝘮𝘣𝘭𝘦𝘴𝘵 & 𝘮𝘰𝘥𝘦𝘴𝘵-𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘨𝘰𝘢𝘭 𝘰𝘧 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘷𝘪𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘦𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘤𝘭𝘪𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘦𝘥𝘶𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘰 𝘢 𝘣𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘱𝘦𝘰𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘭𝘥𝘸𝘪𝘥𝘦 𝘣𝘺 2030. Help us do that!
See my LinkedIn post on this topic