by Amit Roy
A PICTURE of the humble bhindi – lady’s finger – has won second prize in a prestigious science photography competition.
It was taken in Buddha Garden in Auroville, Tamil Nadu, in south India, and shows two lots of bhindi. The image illustrates how the vegetable is longer and healthier when grown using a smart automated system that combines “a highly localised weather forecast with local know-how of irrigation needs and soil conditions”.
The photograph, credited to “Lucy Bryden/Heriot-Watt University” and taken by Vimal Bhojraj, won second prize in the “People and Skills” category of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council’s annual photography competition for 2018.
Buddha Garden comprises 10.9 acres and Vivek Mishra, one of the staff, tells me why it is so special: “It’s our duty to engage as many people as possible to make them understand about organic farming – anyone who is ready to learn about Mother Nature.
“For the last several years, Buddha Garden has done many in-farm research projects. If a farm values growth in all forms, it helps with a much deeper understanding of plants, soil and life around farming.”
With spring (hopefully) not too far away, more Eastern Eye readers should perhaps give gardening a go.