Alina Jumabhoy has spent several years learning about, and experimenting with, different organic growing techniques at various gardens and farms around the country. Fuelled by her quest for self-sufficiency, she’s now putting that information to good use on her own rural farm.
Having been born and raised in suburbs and cities, gardening was never a big part of my life growing up. However, city-living never felt quite right…So, back in 2014, I impulsively gave up the London rat race in search of a greener future.
With my little dog in tow, I spent time living and working on organic farms around the country. It didn’t take long for me to fall in love with the farming life, and I immersed myself in learning everything that I could.
Today, I live on my own little farm in North East Scotland. It’s no longer just my little dog and I – we’ve added four rescue dogs to our family, along with chickens, ducks, turkeys, geese, sheep, and a pony.
My aim is to be as self-sufficient as possible. I’m planting out a two-acre edible forest garden to help with this – less than a year in, and it’s already home to around 100 different edible perennial species, with more than 400 plants and trees in total. I also heavily depend on my polytunnel (as well as the sunny windowsills in my home!), for extending my growing season.
Learning how to properly store and preserve my harvests is also important to me. Luckily, I love to cook and experiment in the kitchen, and it really doesn’t get much better than having fresh, homegrown ingredients at my disposal.
When I’m not with my animals or in the garden, I spend my days writing, usually about animals and gardening. I hope to inspire others to make their own life-changing decisions – something that might seem crazy at first could be just what you never knew you needed.