My journey into organic farming

For Avir and Avan


Our children inspire us in so many ways.They push us to reveal sides of ourselves and drive passions that we never knew existed and for me this passion is Organic Farming!


The moment a woman becomes a mother, the maternal instinct kicks in, and she wants to be a source of health and nutrition to her child. I have always been conscious of sourcing good quality, nutritious food for my family but when my babies arrived I found this to be more challenging than ever. As I began to feed them their daily nutritional requirement of fruit and vegetables I began to worry about where these came from and just how much chemical my babies were ingesting, how much we all were ingesting and what all of this meant in the long term. I spoke to other parents, doctors, nutritionists, environmentalists & farmers. I studied the impact various food and lifestyle choices had on our well being and longevity but most of all on the health and development of my children.


Buying organic is easier said than done. While there are many organic options available for cereals, pulses, oils and other foods, complete with the necessary certification, sourcing our daily requirement of organic fruit and vegetables was another story. And even when these were available they often came with no certification and there was rarely a steady supply of the variety we needed. The only way to know for sure was to cultivate my own and this is exactly what I did on an untouched piece of land in Latur, Maharashtra. With the help and efforts of the local organic farmers and environmentalists, I have managed to get bountiful harvests without the use of any chemical fertilisers or pesticides.





It’s been two years since I started out. . . my children and family are eating healthier. . . and my confidence in organic farming has never been stronger. But this journey brought with it an important revelation; that the indiscriminate and abundant use of chemicals on farm lands is slowly but surely killing soil fertility and in the years to come this life giving soil will be unable to support any life or crop. World over governments and thought leaders are recognising this threat and making changes. We have a great example in our very own window onto the Himalaya- Sikkim!


My personal need has now evolved into a much bigger mission; a mission to bring more and more land under organic cultivation by slowly and steadily educating and supporting farmers in the region through the difficult transition. There is a wealth of knowledge and learning in our traditional ways of farming and this combined with the advances in science and technology is the way forward for us.


I have resolved to strengthen my future by going back to the ‘roots’. Nature is perfect, whole and complete. With very little effort from us and the other inhabitants of this planet it has the ability to heal itself through the cycle of seasons and the working of the ecosystems. I have resolved to do my bit to help it heal.


We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.’ ~ Native American Proverb



This Mediterranean recipe is easy to prepare and a great source of Plant-Based Protein.

Chawli (Cow pea)


Chawli is often referred to as “poor man’s meat” due to the high levels of protein found in the seeds and the leaves.

Kaanda Bhendi (Onion Okra ) Stir Fry


Serve hot with Jowar Bhakri (Indian bread made from Sorghum) or Varan – Bhaat and Toop.