INSPIRATION,LIFESTYLE,REAL LIFE STORIES

Meet The Modern Farmer: Dorothy D. Angaye

 Hello, lovelies! It’s been a whirlwind this past week. With the back-to-school era, comes more responsibilities, rescheduling and adjusting. Well, I’ve talked so much of how excited I’ve been with the inspirational people on board with Bubu’s Boulevard; giving us a sneak peek to their lives. It was supposed to have kicked off last month but you know na…..”To ‘hair’ is human”. LOL
We kick off with our fascinating Modern farmer, in fact I call her a ‘pharmer’ in my head. I’ve never seen a young, enthusiastic and proud farmer like this lady. Anytime she posts a produce on her Facebook wall, she does it with pride. This is a terrain most young people don’t want to tread on but here she is, killing it. So we are delighted to be interviewing her today. The 21st century Farmer! Enjoy.

A little about yourself….

I am Miss Doubara Dorothy Angaye from Bayelsa state. I am from a Christian home and a family of educationists. I have Five (5) siblings, I’m the third child. I have three(3) sisters and two(2) brothers. I was born and brought up in Port Harcourt until I relocated to Bayelsa State in 2008 after I graduated from the university.

How/where did your love for farming start and what were your challenges when you decided to follow your interest passionately ?
I visited a friend’s farm in Port Harcourt in 2012, although it was a fish farm (not gardening like what I do now). I got inspired seeing these little creatures and watching them grow, so I began to research to see what I could do. In December of that same year I started my snailery (snail farming) in my father’s backyard, then by 2014 June after I had spent 6 months in the Famous Songhai Regional Center Benin Republic, I started my crop production farm.
Some of my challenges starting were trying to sell the produce, getting dedicated staff, trying to pay staff salaries and dealing with society. A lot of people felt I was too educated to be doing a dirty job like farming.

What’s your vision and mission on farming personally and your vision towards Nigeria and farming?

Every item except the pasta was home grown by her

My personal  vision is to be sufficient and grow everything that I eat, there’s something about earning your dinner. My vision for Nigeria Agriculture is to see a lot of rural farmers have access to good seeds and better trainings, having government policies that will help the Agricultural sector, see a lot of young people venture into Agriculture because it’s actually a lucrative business.

As a farmer, What is that farm produce you can’t do without eating everyday?

That will be lettuce. It’s  an antioxidant and my day just wouldn’t be complete without a lettuce juice.

What’s your social life like outside farming?

 Hmmm…for now my life is all about the farm, from Sunday to Sunday, I think I only sleep at home.

What’s the first reaction you get from intended love interests/ partners when you tell them you are a farmer. And what’s the funniest/weirdest reaction you’ve gotten?

Actually most of them don’t believe I am a farmer, they think I’m lying. One time I met someone after I told him what I do, he said, “let me see your palm”. When he felt it, his response was, “It’s your money that’s farming for you, you don’t do the job yourself.”

 

What’s one must-have farm produce you’d advice for everyone’s garden?That would be Tomatoes, very rich in antioxidants and vitamins, the taste of freshly harvested tomatoes is unbeatable. And somehow the majority of us use it on a daily basis.

If you have to have a dinner with three VIP guests, who will they be and why?

Family!….because of the nature of my job, I hardly spend time with family. At 6:30am I’m off to work and I get back at 7pm, then I’ve had a long day and I just want to shower and sleep.

Ever done anything weird that’s being inspired by your love for farming? E.g Having a tattoo of a pepper. Or naming your pet- 
“melon”.
LOL….Dragging everyone to the garden to celebrate my birthday we were all standing,when we could have been sitting upstairs in the office.

What’s the most surprising and unlikely produce you’ve harvested on Nigerian soil?

The Winter melon also known as wax gourd. It’s an important vegetable in Indian and China known for its healing powers also used in Ayurvedic medicine.

An Advice for people passionate to start farming…

It’s  a very lucrative business, but before you start get professional training and start small so you can grow and learn from your own mistakes.

Feast your eyes on some of her produce:

There are also cucumbers, pawpaw, green beans, carrots, sweet potatoes etc.


Hope you got inspired like I did. About this interview segment. I hope to do it biweekly. And I coined out a name for this segment as “BB Chats with…..”No, not BlackBerry chats, but Bubu’s Boulevard Chats. Well, my head is clogged. So that’s the best name I could come up with. Cool, Nah or Urgggh?!!! Let me know your thoughts. Do you have people that inspire you and you want to share their story. Hook us up with them, let’s have a chat. Send me an email on bubusboulevard@gmail.com. Have a fruitful week ahead.

376 total views, 6 views today

Previous Story
Next Story

You Might Also Like

2 Comments

  • Reply
    Ella
    September 22, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    Wow I’m super proud of her. Ladies rock women rock. #noexcuses

    • Reply
      Bubu
      September 22, 2017 at 11:31 pm

      Very true….No excuses!

    Leave a Reply