Smart ways to invest and attain early financial freedom

Being the son of an army officer and having grown up in spacious british bangalows in cantonments in the 70’s and 80’s, I have always dreamt of having a weekend house with large gardens, away from the hustle and bustle of city, where I could live with nature and do some weekend farming.

Initially, I had thought about owning my own farm house – but then it needed at least a five acre plot and I would have to develop all the infrastructure myself. That was a lot of commitment of time and effort and money and my busy lifestyle did not allow that.

I soon started looking for a farm house community which comes with common security, power backup, water facilities, good neighbours and a small club house. Something that is appx. one hour away from Bangalore (where I live and teach). Ideally the club house should have a few rooms to stay overnight and a dining facility where someone would serve me food and beer. A place where I can do weekend farming (remaining days the farm being taken care by someone else) and have the pleasure of consuming what is grown in my farm.

I am happy to share that I have finally got a one acre farm plot off Bangalore which will be part of such a community. I am planting 200 fruit trees there (ten trees each of Guava, Lemon, Sitafal, Mangoes, Jackfruit, Lychee, Rambutan, Chikku, Star fruit, Birds cherry, Jamun, Coconut, Papaya, Banana, Peepal, Neem, Mahogany, Gulmohars and a few more).

This farm house community is being developed by my friend Johny, with whom I have co-invested in Wayanad (Kerala) since 2007. I trust Johny and quite a few of my friends have co invested with him in the past 5-6 years. Johny owns and manages two good resorts in Wayanad called Wayanad Blooms and Blooms Green Farm – you can see the feedback on his resort here - WAYANAD BLOOMS and GREEN FARM

Johny has been working without my knowledge with others to develop this 75 acre farm community called Blooms Ecovillage for the past one and half years and shared his plans with me six months back. He also took ideas from me and now the community is starting to take shape.

It is situated appx. 50 Kms from Bangalore, in Tamil Nadu. His friends have been acquiring land for the last 2-3 years and they already have appx 30 acres registered and hope to register around 40-45 acres in the coming months. Of this 30 acres, appx 20 acres has already been bought by other like-minded friends of Johny.

Here is the location of the property

The idea is to create a “pesticide free” farm community. Have farm plots where the farming work is outsourced to Johny’s associates and we participate in farming as much as we can and use it as a weekend getaway.

The older farm plots (that were acquired in the last 2 -3 years) are costing appx 20 lacs per acre and a few are still available if you are interested.(update as of 15th June - it is all sold out)

The newer farm plots (that are being acquired now) would cost around Rs 25 lacs as the local farmers have realised what Johny’s team is doing.

There are also a few half acre plots.

Here are some photos of this place - PHOTOS.

So if you are interested in being part of a this community and owning a farm property like this off Bangalore, then please do reach out to Johny by phone at 09995552299 or by mail at bloomsecovillage@gmail.com.

Author Description

S. G. Raja Sekharan

S. G. Raja Sekharan is a visiting MBA faculty, a mentor to budding entreprenuers, a wealth management consultant, an author of a book on Investing in India and the author of this blog.

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