I often hear friends or people around saying “what could I do?” ” I want to change job but I don’t know what to do” “I want to do something on my own”… In those cases I suggest to think of the thing you like the most, start doing it as a hobby and then think about how can you turn that into an income.
No matter what you are going to do… Do it with love and passion. Believe in your product, take care of it as if it was your kid.
Last may my dad and I were wondering what to do with the land. Farming prices are low and there is loads of working hours. But when you love the land… you can’t live without it. It was spring, loads of seeds can be planted at that time so I did some research about health, products, production process, etc. And all of a sudden I bumped into pumpkins. I was amazed by all the health benefits they provide. So I decided to do a trial in one of the fields. I did some research about types of pumpkins, I bought the ecological seeds (if I believe in health I want them to be ecologic) of the ones I thought would have better results in the kitchen and for our climate and soil.
After seeding we spoiled them with water day after day to germinate.
I can’t express the feeling of happiness and excitement when we saw the first leave coming out of the soil to enjoy its first rays of sun.
Once most of the seeds were born, we planted those tiny plants in the field. After checking them everyday, watering, observing, discovering about this plant and its flowers the pumpkin fruits were born.
A few months later they were ready to harvest so that’s what we did.
They are now in the fresh house basements waiting to be sold.
I have felt so many feelings during the whole process. The wonder if they will all be born while seeding, the excitement of seeing their leaves come out of the soil, the happiness of seeing them grow everyday, the suffering during any climate threats (specially one day we had a big ice-stones storm in the middle of summer)… the surprise of the big amount of pumpkins that were appearing under those huge plants when we started harvesting, and now seeing them all together stored in the fresh home basement. Such a blend of feelings!
Seeing the wonderful results of the nutritional analysis we did to 2 of the pumpkins and tasting the amazing dishes that come out of them… has been so rewarding after all the hard work.
Now it is time for the next step. Growing the amount of extension next spring. Looking for clients to sell them. And I would definitely love to go further with them so… I will start brain storming what else to do with our delicious pumpkins. I know we can succeed with such a wonderful product.
Any ideas will be welcome!
Photography by Mercè Rial