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I'm 13, from Sri Lanka, and I grew an ancient perennial rice in my garden

 
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Hello! My name is Subashitha, and I'm from Sri Lanka. I'm thirteen years old, and I am interested in how agriculture is different in other parts of the world, and how it changes throughout history.

I made a video about how I grew an ancient type of perennial rice in my garden. Take a look here:  


This type of rice is called Swayanjatha, and it is very special because it is indigenous to ancient Sri Lanka. For a long time it had been lost, but now a few people like me are growing it again. It is powerful because it is perrenial, meaning it gives rice for many seasons.

I got the seed as a gift from my history teacher. I decided to grow this rice to show people that we can grow and eat local rice instead of importing rice, just like we did in ancient times.

Thank you!
 
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Well done! That is certainly a wonderful project you have going there. I enjoy learning about and have a deep respect for what ancient people where I live ate as well. Here in the northwest US, they mostly hunted, fished, and foraged wild foods and while I am not a hunter, I forage a lot, which is one of my favorite activities. It feeds the belly and the soul. Thanks for sharing your video.
 
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Very nice!
If you ever decide you want to sell seeds I will be the first to buy!
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Wonderful video!
Now I'm curious, I'd love to see some of the threshed rice. Is it red?

 
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Thank you! I'm really happy that you liked the video. It's a great idea to harvest the rice. I've made a new video for you:

 
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Well I remember like I heard the term "Swayanjatha" before and maybe something about how people relate it to the history of buddhism(?); but I never knew what it really is.

Do you eat this for regular meals? Does it taste like normal rice too?
 
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WOW! Well done! This is fantastic. I am very excited that you are growing this rice. Though i do not know much about rice myself i think it is important for you to keep growing it and also to keep learning. Do you have any plans to plant other types of rice and/or start your own rice breeding projects?

The first major crop i planted on my own was an old Thanksgiving decoration and an old type of what is commonly called "Indian Corn" here. When i planted this odd Maize i was surprised to get a 100% purple Maize plant! It was so spectacular it cultivated my passion for planting and growing and breeding. I still like to plant Purple Maize plants every few years. I also have been tinkering with planting and breeding with Wild Maize also known as Teosinte. Teosinte is not a plant that normally grows in my climate, but i am working hard at changing that. Last year was the first year i was able to harvest Teosinte seeds in my climate despite it naturally being adapted to a warmer climate.

I hope you continue and keep learning!

Warm wishes from Colorado in the United States.

(My blog: https://keen101.wordpress.com/2013/02/11/differences-between-teosinte-species/)
 
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Thanks for the update, what an exciting project!
 
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