The German legacy of horticulture under the stewardship of Rev. Fishcher, a missionary based in karkala was passed on to Alfred Soans in 1928. The experiment was to develop farms under the tropical climate which had laterite bed and shallow layer of soil. The experiment succeeded with Pineapple crops.
100 odd acres have now been developed by Soans and the lease holders after 1947. Many improved irrigation practices enabled diversification to new crops suited to the land with major crops such as Mango, Sapota, Pepper, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Cocoa, Cashew Nut, Coconut and Vanilla was possible with year round cultivation of the land.
Soans farm has literally become a tourist destination with foreign cruise ships visiting this eco farm along with the their circular trip to Bahubali statute, 1000 pillar temple with a winding down at Soans farm. Soans farm is on the way to Moodabidri from Karkala which is approximately 40 kms from the harbour town of Mangalore.
Seasonal fruits such as pineapple, pappaya, mango etc are also sold at the farm. We were lucky to have the pineapple juice at the farm served by I V Soans in their neat cafe.