Narayana Reddy, a pioneer of organic farming in India, passed away earlier this week at the age of 83 from natural causes. An influential figure, Reddy would often hold classes on organic farming over the weekends at his farm in Doddaballapura Taluk, Bengaluru Rural district, which is more than 50 km away from Varthur.
After running away from his village as a young boy, Reddy first found a job as a cleaner in a local restaurant. In the following years, he completed school, learnt typewriting, found another job as an office attendant before being promoted to manager. His life changed when he met a NASA scientist at an ashram, who gave him a copy of Japanese organic farming pioneer Masanobu Fukuoka’s ‘One Straw Revolution.’