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How farming to find a cure for cancer led to the beginning of Kedia Organics

For any Mumbaikar, it is a task to travel to the outskirts of the city in Kalyan. But we were keen on meeting Kedia Organics, one of the key organic food producers for Mumbai. The seeds for Kedia Organics were sown by Dinesh Kedia and is currently being taken forward by his son, Nitin Kedia. It was back in the 90s when the Kedia family bought a piece of land in Kalyan, near Mumbai. It was in the middle of nowhere at that time and not much thought had gone in to what would be done on the land. “We started [...]

It’s a Nature’s Treat!

Carving its way through the city traffic, as my cab stopped at my destination for the day, a smiling Mr Karthik Raman welcomed me to his small paradise where Nature offers its pretty trinkets in forms of herbs and greens. Nature’s Treat is an organic farm situated in the outskirts of Bengaluru city. Founded by Karthik, who has a master’s in hospitality from Leeds University, UK and a 12 year extensive experience in gourmet cuisine and hospitality, Nature’s Treat delivers the nutrition of organically grown vegetables right at the door-steps of its 330+ subscribers. A conversation which followed with Karthik and [...]

The bumpy but satisfying road to sustainability: the story of Sustenance Farm

S. Ramalingam Ramalingam, a man of humble background and a pure vision to make the world a better place, was born and brought up in Pondicherry. He came to Auroville in 1984 while participating in physical education activities, and that is when he got a chance to get involved with the vision of Auroville- a universal city in the making in South India, dedicated to the ideal of human unity based on the vision of Sri Aurobindo (Aurobindo Ghose) and The Mother (Mira Alfassa). Ramalingam was living on a beach in the Gokulam community (of Auroville) when the 2004 [...]

Buddha Garden: an experiential farm promoting sustainability and local food

Buddha Garden in Auroville is a community farm in the true sense. The off-the-grid farm was started in 2000 by Priya Vincent in what was to become the vegetable garden of Siddhartha Farm. Over the past two decades, it has gone on to become an independent farm growing a wide range of organic food for Auroville.  When EatLocal visited the farm, we were thrilled to see that beyond the vision to produce healthy food for Auroville in a way that is environmentally, socially and economically sustainable, the farm’s focus area has shifted to knowledge sharing and experiential learning. As part of [...]

Krishna McKenzie’s Solitude

Located near the Visitor’s Centre in Auroville is Solitude Farm, a living example that nature and humans can live in harmony. When we arrived there to meet Krishna McKenzie, one of the young Aurovillians who established this in 1996, we were delighted to see the farm-forest in all its glory. Krishna had first come to India in 1990 as part of a school trip from Brockwood, a school started by Jiddu Krishnamurti in U.K. He found his teacher Fukuoka, while working in the garden of Brockwood, and eventually made his way back to India, trying to find a way of living [...]