Annadata verified farmers Stalls at the 22-25 Dec event

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(updated, 21 Dec 2017)

Sameer Zanjurne

A soldier from the Indian Navy, Sameer took to farming in the year 2004. He was into chemical farming before, but started witnessing the ill effects of it on his fields and his and his family’s health.. He then started looking at other options of farming. Took training under David Hogg in Bangalore, in Bio-dynamics and started implementing different techniques in his farm. He has his unique blend of healing techniques he has come up with, that involves farm animals, products and methods. He will be showcasing these products also at Annadata Organic Food festival.

When asked how he feels about his current practices, he is quick to respond- ‘ Life makes more sense! My life insurance is educating my family in the right ways of farming’.

Anant Bhoyar, Nagpur

Based in Nagpur, Anant Bhoir has been practicing organic farming since 12 years. His family has been into farming since generations, though he himself is a Diploma holder in Electrical Engineering. He has always had an inclination towards farming and took to it completely, 12 years back. As he ventured into it, he realised, the pesticides that were being used in the fields were basically to counter what nature was doing in its course. And through the years, nature was getting evolved herself, with pests being resistant to the various pesticides. Instead of thus competing with nature, he decided to take the path of being friends with nature and understanding her better.

14 acres of land, started getting closely converted to organic farming. First year 7 acres, next year 3 and the following year 4 acres of land was converted. His influences have been plenty- ranging from Gandhi, Sarvodaya mission, Prayog Parivar by Dhabolkarand his father’s ideals and teachings. He also connected with Shri Subash Palekar and read books by Bhaskar Save and Fukuoka. As his journey on safe food had begun, he soon realised that having only one aspect of life right, does not make complete sense. He started looking at a complete sustainable concept of living and was led to getting influenced by Lourie Baker on sustainable construction. Anant started moving towards sustainable living in food, shelter, and also health perspectives. The experiences and influences of his life, brought out the enlightened and creative energy in him and he started writing about farmer stories, an editorial in a local newspaper and also published couple of books on the subjects influencing him.

His group markets with the brand name: Gaonkus and they have begun the journey of processing the raw materials and making finished products that are costumer friendly.

As a hobby he also makes artifacts of the various parts of plants and trees from his farm.
Email: anantbhoyar180@gmail.com

Shashwat Organics: Vaishali Gadgil

Farming chose me. All that I seek and love is found in the mountains, plants and animals. T o understand the unspoken language of nature, one has to surrender and become one with it. My farming journey started in 2013 and I made ‘Nature’ as my first teacher. I follow Permaculture and sun and moon cycles in farming. Nature gives us many clues and I am not shy of experimentation. Good seeds are our gift to the next generations and protecting them is our first responsibility as farmer. I freely share the seeds with other farmers and encourage them to give it forward. I have been fortunate to collect a large variety of indigenous seeds through the travels across India and other countries. My family and friends call me a “Seed Hog”.

Shashwat means “Eternal” and Shashwat Organics has a philosophy – Organic is Eternal. It started with a desire to share the lovely food that we grow with likeminded people. Slowly, the community grew and other farmers expressed the desire to join hands and market their products through Shashwat. Very rarely does money exchange hands, we follow the age old barter system and exchange of seeds. Today Shashwat has a strong network of genuine farmers and its growing.

Besides Nature, Bill Mollison & Masanobu Fukuoka , Ms. Juli Cariappa an organic Farmer from Mysore & Mr. Sanjay Patil of BAIF have been my pillars of strength and supporters. Embracing farming has enriched my life and I hold a dream , that 30 years from now EARTH would reclaim what she has lost. The Annadata safefood movement and many such movements around the world are a strong indicator. All good things happen quietly, there is certain strength in genuinity.

The phrase “Poor Farmer” is a diachotomy. A farmer is empowered already, all he needs is positive encouragement to grow safe food. Consumers need empowerment in many ways and a good way to start would be by embracing a healthy and natural lifestyle. Urban populace should also take interest and responsibility in understanding the source of food and growing whatever little possible around their farm house, kitchen garden or on the terrace. The Urban food jungle is important to secure our food source and I am helping many to achieve this through my experience.

The food you eat can be either the safest & the most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison. – Ann Wigmore

I can be reached @ +919881826002 or shashwatorganics@gmail.com
Also to know more visit www.shashwatogranics.com

Rupali and Prasad Gurav from Kankavli, Sindhudurg

Rupali and Prasad Gurav’s journey as New farmers of RED RICE at Kankavli, Sindhudurg
My journey egins with me a as a consumer searching for the good old red rice that I remember having eaten as a kid at my grandmothers village house. For the last 10 years every time I visited the village, I would enquire about the availability of the red rice porridge we called “Pej” or “Kanji”. But each time I was told that it has been replaced by the hybrid white rice variety. I was disappointed and my village stay seemed incomplete without the Pej. Even my grandmother had resorted to making Pej out of white rice.

Some years back, fed up with the Mumbai grind, we moved to the village for good. An elderly family member asked me if I was farming too. To which I replied, I would if I get my hands on the traditional red rice variety. He immediately said that he could easily get it for me. Since it was too late to sow traditionally, I followed his advice and broadcasted the seeds after soaking them overnight.
The fact that I, coming from a city had chosen to do farming, with old traditional variety, that too without prior ploughing of the land and to top it broadcasting the seeds, when all around people were transplanting their crop, attracted a lot of criticism from people around and yes birds in huge numbers. The birds would throng in large numbers to feast on the sprouted seeds on my plot. I thought nothing would be left to grow at this rate. But through this ordeal, my husband and mother in law’s positive outlook and the old man’s advice “bindass sheti kar” helped me stay strong.

And lo! Pretty soon green blades of shiny grass was evenly peeping out of the soil and growing steadily. Soon it became a tourist spot as villagers started detouring to see the plot with their own. That year the rain poured with all its might but my rice stood the ground and remained immune to the crop disease called “Karpa” that was affecting the hybrid crops. I had to deweed the farm only once.
Then it was time to harvest the rice. My husband offered to thrash the rice and the two of us managed to cut and thrash the rice without any help using a special grass cutting sickle. It was when we started filling the rice in the gunnybags, that I was amazed by the bounty I had been blessed with. Mother nature had given me many times more than the seeds I had sown or the efforts I had put.
The villagers also slowly started reserving the seeds for the next year. Taking the rice to the mill was another challenge as it was difficult to convince them not to polish it at all. The older people walking in would recollect how they had eaten such a rice in their younger years. Since then the red rice with bran intact is being cooked every day in our house. We make idlis, dosas, appams, rice noodles, modaks from red rice. The old ladies in the village would go gaga over the red rice ghavanes in pure nostalgia.

That same year Palekar Guruji came to Kankavli to conduct the “natural farming Shibir”. I attended that with a couple of young farmers from my village. When Guruji learned that I had red rice seeds, he ensured that other participants were duly informed. Since that day farmers from all over Maharashtra have been coming to my village house and buying the red rice seeds from me. Gradually the farmers in my village are having a change of heart and to them I have promised to get a good price if they continued cultivating the same using Palekar Guruji’s principles.
Today I am a farmer with a vision. A vision to spread the cultivation of indigenous seeds, a vision to bring ease of farming by exploring newer farming techniques, a vision to establish chemical free farming and a vision to introduce farming in school curriculum. Being a farmer comes second to being a mother.

Dr Shivaji Patil and Mohan Dongare

Practicing Zero Budget Natural Farming since last 3 years in Pandharpur.
Dr Shivaji Patil is an Ayurvedic doctor, who moved from Kerala after witnessing the ill-effects of the Endosulphan catastrophe. The answer to the problems he saw in Kerala was eating Food without any chemicals. And with not much co-operation from many people in growing such food, he got determined to start growing chemical toxic free food on his own, in his ancestral land in Pandharpur. He has taken much efforts to bring his produce from Pandharpur to Pune Farmer Markets and convinced and converted many customers to non-toxic food with his wisdom on health and food.

Mohan Dongare a young enthusiastic farmer, saw self and social benefits in the words of Dr. Patil and joined him in reaching out the chemical free farming methods to many farmers. Once he understood the importance of natural farming, wherein the expenditure of farming is less and also the poison free food is made available to all, he decided to switch to it. Shri Subhash Palekar’s workshop has been a turning point for him. He primarily grows pomegranate and now will start growing bhindi (lady-finger).

They work with a cooperative of 28 farmers. The co-operative primarily markets many vegetables, fruits and grains to Pune. He finds customer awareness as a huge gap in making available poison free produce in huge quantity. He is also venturing into making Kardai and Groundnut oil using cold pressed method which will retain the goodness of oil.
Associate suppliers: Merafarmer / Obhaaji / Orgonatural / RichnFresh

Bhimrao Kashinath Patil

Location: Sonale village, Ta. Jamner, in Dist. Jalgaon.
Area under agriculture: 92 Gunthas (2.25 Acre)

Mr Patil is a ZBNF (Zero Budget Natural Farmer) Farmer since 15 years, who does not believe in spraying of any pesticide in his farms. A total symbiosis method is adopted. Jeevamrut (cow-dung/urine based bio-composition) is deployed once over the season and weed control is ensured twice. The stress is on sunshine over crops and shade over land. Natural farming brings about a peculiar soil porosity where dampness, air and warmth are simultaneously present in the soil, This is referred to as waffsa in organic farming parlance and is ideal for plant growth.

Sales Channel: he is present at many Grain festivals and regular customer’s parcel and direct-to-home-deliveries are done on demand. Sale of various food products is made through various natural farming initiatives across community coupled with independent marketing activities for Ambadi-based processed food items.

Crops: Cotton, Perennial Tur, indigenous (gawran) Tur, Black-gram (Udad), Green-gram (Mung), Groundnut, Pigeon peas (Tur), Sorrel (Ambadi leafy veg), Shevga (drumsticks), Mango, Guar (indigenous Cluster beans), Bhindi (okhra), Brinjal, Chilli, Flake Maize, Sweet-corn, Marigold, Black Sesame, Gopi Sesame, Other leafy vegetables.

Shree Vinayak Mahajan

Shree Vinayak Mahajan a Mechanical Engineer, was working as Chief Designer at bottling line manufacturing plant in Mumbai.
He decided to become entrepreneur and that to with local delicacy. He decided to use KOKAM as base material and added CO2 to it. It became KOKAM SODA. It was a new product on horizon, with a firm eye of COLA GIANTS and its consumer base – the youth. He was (and still is) of the opinion, that the youth should change their habits from Sugar Based Carbonated Drinks to Natural Fruit based drinks. For this dream he chose a small village of Kudavale and migrated from Mumbai to Kudavale, a small village in District Dapoli, way back in 1996.

After settling in the small town of Kudavale, he could notice the farmers’ plight and the apathy of the authorities towards them. He decided to form a group of these farmers who were in search of right guidance. After lot of hypothesis testing he settled with one idea; to generate few ROLE MODELS amongst the farmers. He carefully picked up a group of farmers and started grooming them. A group of youth started aligning with his ideas and shifted the agro practices from so called NORMAL to SPECIAL and WISE. It took him 7 to 8 years to come to some respectable level of understanding with the youth. He became DRONACHARYA of this young army.

He decided to shake up the stagnant Agri machinery named Department of Agriculture and Krushi Vidyapith. He carefully started pushing the agenda of farmers into Agri machinery. Be it a small cow breeding project at animal husbandry of Vidyapeeth or be it a propagation of multi-cropping of traditional Mangoes and KAJU. Be it usage of RAWE for betterment of the villages around or make a permanent section in the VIDYAPEETH for great guru SHREE S. A. Dabholkar.

He diverted his energy into generation of SOLAR NAKSHTRA CALENDAR. For that he started studying the raw nature, traditional wisdom and Solar Nakshtras. Astoundingly he found some special connect in this theme.

In the midst of these endeavours there came GRAMODAYA. A group of farmers started exchanging their ideas and sharing their experiences. It was a total informal group, which eventually converted into a sharing platform.

He is at Kudavale for more than 21 years now and knows the terrain and its economics like a live encyclopaedia. At the ripe age of 62, he is running many “yet to be implemented” ideas in brain, and is yearning for opportunities to convert it into reality.

We welcome GRAMODAYA and Shree Vinayak Mahajan to Annadata Organic Food Festival.
Contact: Mahajan – 81492 82405
Website: https://gramoday.in/

Vasudha Sardar

Though she grew up in Mumbai, she was always close to farming, as her family was always into farming in Pargaon, near Daund. BA, LLB by education, she was always close to social work in her young days. After her father’s demise in 2002, she took over the family farming activity.
As she got into this field, she realised :
– The soil fertility was very low. In general the soil was very hard.
– Thus the productivity, though with a lot of fertilizers being put, was very low.
– The use of pesticides was rampant, because of the number of pests that were attacking the plants.
In her search for answers to these problems, she attended Shri. Subhash Palekar’s lecture on natural farming. He talked a lot about the soil and means of enriching the soil and not the plant. The take away for her was working on the soil and the yield will improve thereby. She started implementing this on her field and slowly started seeing the results.

Shree Santosh Bhapkar & Jyoti Bhapkar

Shree Santosh Bhapkar & Jyoti Bhapkar residents of Gundegaon, District Ahmednagar. He can be called as farmer and an organic food activist. He and his team have developed a Brand of SAMPOORNA SHETKARI. This Brand is in Market with select organic outlets (Non Toxic Food Outlets) since March.
He has used his 2 acres of land for Rain Water Harvesting. At the moment it has raised the water table of the entire locality. This two acre water shed management efforts have yielded great results in this draught prone area.

As the area is draught prone, it becomes more imperative to have farming without chemical base fertilisers and pesticides. He is, at the moment, farming about 80 acres of land scattered in the same locality with produce like millets, groundnuts, Udit, Tur.

With active support from Jyotiji; Shree Santosh is getting the Brand visibility in Pune & Pimpri Chinchwad city with a good success.

Farming Methodology is purely natural and based on Jivamrut and GO-MUTRA. His emphasis is on local & regional seed collection. This has yielded in development of good local genome bank of seeds. His team members like Sandeepji are also using natural farming techniques and local seeds.

He has written 100 odd notes on importance of Organic Food. He has used these teasers for propagating the Brand – Sampoorna Shetkari.

We welcome Santosh Bhapkar & Jyoti Bhapkar to Annadata Organic Food Festival.

Contact: Santosh Bhapkar – 9404388008 / 9890116971; Jyoti Bhapkar – 94230 04039

email: sampurnashetkary@gmail.com

Shree Vitthal Shinde

Shree Vitthal Shinde and team has good Brand Presence with the name of SWANAND. This brand is for AVALA products and MULBERRY products. Entire produce is home-made and concept of industrial mass production lines are kept at bay.
He is one of the pioneering person who has started selling fresh mulberries. There are many farmers who grow chemical based strawberries and / or organic strawberries. He took the mulberries to market since 8 years, and with good success. Whenever you are producing and selling fresh fruits, it needs a back-up plan of good processing and packing line. He took this challenge and started making mulberry pulp.

AVALA is popular ancient fruit and is now getting good place in the diet of city dwellers. He has produced AVALA juice by “press technique”, which produces good quality of juice, which is complete with the vital elements of AVALA.

The team started a plan of collective farming and organic farming (Non Toxic way) around year 2005. By year 2006 the team started cultivating 20 acres of organic farms near ALEPHATA – Pune. Main produce is AVALA, SITAFAL, CHIKU, MULBERRY and VEGETABLES. Shree Vitthalji works on 4 acres of land owned by him. Brand SWANAND was also established by Year 2006, by completing all required formalities at the right authorities.

SITAFAL, CHIKU and VEGETABLES are directly sold in the near vicinity. It comes to PUNE, if proper supply chain gets connected. Thus, he and his team really follow the rule of regional, seasonal and local. He and his team had been to Bheemthadi Jatra 6 times prior to this year 2017.

We welcome Shree Vitthal Shinde and his team to Annadata Organic Food Festival.

Brand: Swanand

Contact Number: 8788581242

Shri Dinesh Balsawar

At the age when a common man decides to retire and rest, Shri Balsawar took up the laborious task of becoming an Organic Farmer. Since young age his interest in growing plants, made him pursue a graduation in College of Engineering Pune (COEP); but family pressures pushed him towards corporate sector. He was marketing agro-products in a petrochemicals company when he realized that he was in the wrong direction.
At the age of 60 he bid good bye to the corporate world and came back to Kamshet, just 45 km from Pune to nourish his own land and grow healthy food for consumers, in turn making the farmers and the soil healthy. It’s been 23 years and he continues to grow 100% Organic Rice, Moong, and many more in his farms. He markets his unpolished rice under brand name COFI “Co-operative of Organic Farmers”.

COEP students once did an analysis of his rice v/s conventional rice and the tests showed an increase of over 200% in the mineral content of organic rice. This difference is prominently shown on his unpolished rice packets. He has been a guide to many organic farmers in Kamshet; giving them his valuable guidance in marketing their produce which remains a big challenge in organic industry .During his stint in Alaska, he was stunned with the lush green flowers and requested a sample of the soil to be brought back. Analysis showed that the organic matter content in that soil was 13% v/s just 0.2% to 0.46% in Indian soil. It’s not that Alaska added more organic matter, but the absence of direct sunlight in that region kept the soil rich. Thus he realized the importance of mulching in India. “Poverty of soil is as big an issue and directly related to the poverty of a country” is a profound statement by Shri Balsawar.

He has made a short film to share his thoughts on organic farming, answering why it’s costly and how this is the only way to ensure a healthy and harmonious living. The top 9 inch layer of soil – the food production zone is brimming with many microbial activities and this is explained well in his film – 9 inch Factory. This film can help awaken many farmers and consumers about the benefits of choosing the Organic way. Do not miss watching and sharing it.

Associates suppliers: www.merafarmer.com /www.obhaji.com

Vidya Rudraksh

A Story Of Determination

“Women in farmers’ families are taken for granted as free labourers. They have no role in the decision making process. I exactly utilised my naturally feminine qualities of frugality and an alert eye on ROI.”

Vidya Rudraksh, with 25 years of dedicated work in real-world agriculture, was recently honored with the state’s “Rajmata Jijau Krushi-Ratna Award” for Organic Farming. Vidyatai hails from Dighol-Amba village in Ambajogai taluka in Beed district of Marathwada. B.Sc. (Microbiology) graduate, Vidya took over the task of farming 15 acres in 1993. Her husband was posted in faraway Konkan, but she returned to their village with two children and took to farming herself. In a region known for uncertain rainfall and an even uncertain price-guarantee, it was important to keep an eye on the investment and ensure that there were no losses. She chose organic farming to ensure this. Initially her farm reared cows and generated milk production and cowdung for manure. Then she started with compost, which became fertilizer for the crops. Biogas began to be produced from the dung.

The poor health of the agriculture resulting from use of chemical fertilizers was transformed by the introduction of organic manure. Crops improved greatly and the huge expenditure on fertilizers was eliminated. Milk turned to cash and household gas came free! She acquired and adopted Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF) techniques. Vermicompost and dung manure brought down the cost of bought-out chemical fertilisers. They had limited well-water, but optimised it by drip-irrigating the crops.Back in 1997, she started the Kalpana Chawla Bachat Gat. Loans were given to other women members, at 2% interest rate. Today the turnover of this Bachat Gat is Rupees seven lakhs. Beed district witnessed a terrible famine for four consecutive years. In testing times, the group made immeasurable contribution to their families by using the savings for trading in various products in regional exhibitions. Mahalaxmi Saras Exhibition, organized at Mumbai in 2014, proved to be a turning point for Vidyatai. One of her friends suggested they market their organic farming produce in this exhibition. This outing taught them the art of communicating and negotiating with urban market.

Back in 1997, she started the Kalpana Chawla Bachat Gat. Loans were given to other women members, at 2% interest rate. Today the turnover of this Bachat Gat is Rupees seven lakhs. Beed district witnessed a terrible famine for four consecutive years. In testing times, the group made immeasurable contribution to their families by using the savings for trading in various products in regional exhibitions. Mahalaxmi Saras Exhibition, organized at Mumbai in 2014, proved to be a turning point for Vidyatai. One of her friends suggested they market their organic farming produce in this exhibition. This outing taught them the art of communicating and negotiating with urban market.

Vidyatai is proud that her agricultural experiments have not only succeeded commercially, but she has been able to support a few families One of her sons Avinash is studying at IIT Kanpur and the other did his B.Tech. and is in a job. Vidyatai has also been honored with Ranaragini, Savitri Samman, Vereshshaiv Samaj Bhushan Samman, and other such awards. 25 years of toil has not left Vidyatai tired. Her day continues to begin at 4 am and her story continues to inspires more and more farmers each day.
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Kalsubai group, Akole

Kalsubai in the Sahyadri ranges is known as the highest mountain peak in the state of Maharashtra. Geograpical limitations mean that water cannot be arrested by dams, nor stored. The farming here is entirely dependent on the usually heavy rainfall in the monsoon season. Rice is their prime crop. Alongside rice, they traditionally harvested millets like ragi, varai, saava, bhaduli and red-gram, black-lentil and kadwe-wal. However, over the last decade the farming scene witnessed drastic changes most of which are not conducive to the local community and their traditional farm-system. Agriculture has turned increasingly market-centric. Amidst all this, Saurabh Pratishthan’s Nature Club of Akole took a bold step.

Under the peak of Kalsubai, at the feet of the mountain, a village has been tribal-farming for generations. Over the last 7-8 years, hybrid variety of rice started getting planted. This rice crop has an apparently high yield but chemical fertilisers are mandatory. The visible high yield prompted many to go for it in spite of the incumbent switch to use of toxic chemicals. Every terrace started getting tilled for this rice. The other grain and millet crops were left no room to be planted. Gradually these crops weaned off  so much that even their seeds became unavailable. Sava, ragi, rala, bhadli the most nutritious of millets and cereals completely vanished from farms. Varai – the barnyard millet, however, continued to be planted on farm edges, especially on slopes where planting rice is impossible. Rice and varai harvests somehow managed to sustain the livelihoods of farmers, but in the market-centric farm-system the unprocessed varieties of millet and rice generated more profits for the traders than the toiling farmers. When this gap was understood, a varai processing machine was procured from outside Maharashtra and grain got processed on the farm to make it more desirable to direct buyers. This yielded better incomes to farmers. Consumption of varai in farmer households also brought in better health for their families.

The consumers also took a liking for the Kalsubai bhagar (varai) and demanded for their tasty traditional rice. The traditional grain’s demand was more for than production. Farmers sensed buyer sentiment and organised to plant traditional crops as well as chose to go non-toxic. Jeevamrut, organic manure began to be preferred. A sizable difference soon materialised. There is a definite hope that 100% organic farming will be achieved in the coming three years and will inspire other regions.

The Kalsubai women farmer groups have set up multiple varai processing units. Kalsubai ragi noodles and ragi papad have gained popularity. Women contribute largely to the important farm decisions. The men and women have worked hard to procure seeds of the traditional grain and cereal crops from the surrounding areas.

This story is still being written. But it is certainly a step towards a sustainable living; realised from a sustainable farm. It’s a  guarantee of a healthy environment. The foundation of an independent self-supported farm-system is being laid by using a naturally preserved seed; instead of bought out seed.

– Nilima Jorawar

Akole, Dist. Ahmednagar

Gramodaya Group

Interview from DD Sahyadri Marathi
Show : Amchi Mati Amchi Mansa (14 Sept 2016)
Subject : ‘ Success Story Farmers ‘
Participant : Mr. Rajendra Bhat, Innovative Farmers, At Bendshil Tal. Ambarnath, Dist. Thane

Two Brothers Organic Farm (TBOF)

Two guys who go into euphoria on the mention of the word Farming; then be for sure these are Satyajit & Ajinkya Two Brothers who are behind having the most Fun with doing what they like best. Born in a farmers family but educated in a city; Satyajit is an Economics Graduate, worked with Banks like Citibank & DBS, finally decided to follow his calling and get his hands all clean with Cow Dung, Soil and all the elements nature has to offer. Ajinkya, the younger one, Best Boxer in school; an MBA, worked for HDFC and HSBC, has been a hands on Farmer for quite some time and now is applying his grey cells on the logistics and getting the products closer to consumers and developing Organic farmers.

They tender with Love Orchards of Pomegranate, Drumsticks, Papaya, and various Lentils and Legumes. TBOF has enrolled with the French Hq Ecocert for an 100% Certified Organic farm and we have been issued the Scope Certificate from Ecocert.

All the farming we do stands on 5 basic principles

  1. Desi Cow Dung and Urine Slurry – a potent powerhouse of innumerable beneficial Bacteria and other microorganisms that liven up the Soil they are applied to, hence negating the demand for using Synthetic Fertlizers and Chemicals
  2. Organic Mulching– helps in retaining water that is normally lost through evaporation and forms a cosy place for microorganisms to hide and grow.
  3. Intercropping – Plants grow best when they are amongst a variety of other plants and do not compete for food or water. Biodiversity Wins.
  4. Non GMO – We trust the laboratory of our planet Earth and the seeds that have evolved through time, their nutritional value unchallenged and their robustness unmatched. We use only indigenous seeds and plants that have not been Genetically Modified.
  5. Wind Breakers – We have planted tall growing trees on the borders along with Blueberry that act like a natural compound and Wind Breaker helping preserve Moisture and Carbon Di Oxide in the soil.

Their Brand; AMOREARTH caters to all lovers of Naturally grown Lab tested Fruits and vegetables and 100% certified Organic Fruits and Vegetables. AMOREARTH will also create a platform to Farmers who practice Organic Farming to sell their products and help them preserve the fertility of our Soils and create a sustainable livelihood for themselves.

Website: https://twobrothersindia.com
Facebook: FB/twobrothersorganicfarms

Nanda Bhujbal

Located in Shikrapur, city on Pune Nagar Road.
Farming has been a family run profession and she continues to do it, along with her husband. She is part of the only female cooperative group of 29 female farmers called ‘Krishi Kanya’. Their cooperative is part of the AATMA group.  The transition to organic farming happened after they got introduced to organic farmers in an exhibition in Pune. Following that she has undergone training in Bangalore, under Narayan Reddy. After that there was a switch from the use of chemicals to the use of Jeevamrut, Dashaparni and Vermi-compost in her process of farming.

The main produce they grow are Toor , Urad, Moong, Matki, Jwari, Wheat and Bajri. The range of production is around 4-5 tonnes through the year. They are in the 2nd year of organic farming and also have applied for their Certification. They have tied up with supply chain members in Pune, Nashik, Mumbai and Baramati for the smooth marketing of their produce. There are members who have ventured into vegetables production too. Also they are getting into processed and value addition products ( like papad, kardai etc) which have direct markets in big cities.

Rohidas Lakhimale

Rohidas’s farm is located in Bohre, Maval region. Since 2006, he has been using vermicompost in his farm, but as time passed, he has gone through various trainings all over India and has incorporated those in his farming procedures. He is trained in Biodynamic farming procedure from Anand in Gujurat, and also from Nainital. He has been trained in organic farming from Indore and also done course with Narayan Reddy from Bangalore. In the recently held biodiversity Summit in Delhi, he had a stall displaying his flavoured Indrayani rice.

He has a cooperative of 50 farmers, all practicing Organic farming.  Indrayani and other varieties of rice, vatana, nachani, and regular vegetables are their important produce. Rohidas also works towards awareness at the customer and farmer circle. Their major markets include Pune and Baramati.

Dr Shivaji Patil & Mohan Dongare

Practicing  Zero Budget Natural Farming since  last  3 years in Pandharpur.

Dr Shivaji Patil is an Ayurvedic doctor, who moved from Kerala after witnessing the ill-effects of the Endosulphan catatrosphe. The answer to the problems he saw in Kerala was eating Food without any chemicals. And with not much co-operation from many people in growing such food, he got determined to start growing chemical toxic free food on his own, in his ancestral land in Pandharpur. He has taken much efforts to bring his produce from Pandharpur to Pune Farmer Markets and convinced and converted many customers to non-toxic food with his wisdom on health and food.

Mohan Dongare a young enthusiastic farmer, saw self and social benefits in the words of Dr. Patil and joined him in reaching out the chemical free farming methods to many farmers. Once he understood the importance of natural farming, wherein the expenditure of farming is less and also the poison free food is made available to all, he decided to switch to it. Shri Subhash Palekar’s workshop has been a turning point for him. He primarily grows pomegranate and now will start growing bhindi (lady-finger).

They work with a cooperative of 28 farmers. The co-operative primarily markets many vegetables, fruits and grains to Pune. He finds customer awareness as a huge gap in making available poison free produce in huge quantity. He is also venturing into making Kardai and Groundnut oil using cold pressed method which will retain the goodness of oil.

Associate suppliers: My Farmer / Obhaji / Orgonatural / RichnFresh

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