Kochi: When her husband gifted her 40 plastic containers on the Valentine’s Day in 2005, it took Felina by surprise.
The couple used to celebrate the lover’s day by exchanging small gifts, but that year her husband Eric Morris decided to mark the occasion in a different way.
In fact, the rare gift set off Felina’s initiation into farming.
Inspired by an advertisement put out by the Vegetable and Food Promotion Council (VFPCK) to promote organic farming, Eric took the initiative to set up a kitchen garden in the backyard of their house.
Taking the lovely message from her husband to her heart, Felina started cultivating vegetables such as pumpkin, bitter gourd, long beans, ash guard etc., on the backside of ‘Vinal’, their residence located on the Shenoy Cross Road in Kaloor.
Over the years, the duo has converted their backyard into a full-fledged garden comprising a wide variety of vegetable plants. More importantly, they get most of the vegetables necessary right from their kitchen garden.
Most of the pots and containers that Eric gifted to her 12 years ago could not withstand the test of time, but the farming is still going on in full swing.
Eric is a charted accountant by profession. Along with vegetable cultivation, the couple is also into fish farming.