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HB Farm Stories
Divya sends goodness from Uttarakhand hills
10 Mar 2022
Divya and her mother Indra, took over the picturesque farm in Uttarakhand from her father in 2014 - They noticed that fantastic produce grown in the hills didnt have a proper market. In a passionate endeavour to preserve this mountain produce and also help the pahadi community..they set up Himalayan Haat. They farm sustainably in the hilly forests, with only natural materials ( leaves, cow dung, spring water etc..) available around them. Jungle farming, as they call it. They co-exist in harmony with bears that love their pears, deers who love juicy tomatoes ; & all the beings around them. HH farm kitchen then turns these local produce into preserves, concentrates, herb salts & more using only age old recipes that dont include chemicals/preservatives of any sort.
Not just a food business..lot of effort has gone into providing women in this region, an opportunity for learning and earning to support their family.
Chidanand, Farmer at 71
17 Jul 2021
Chidanand is one of the oldest farmers in HB community. At the age of 73, he still brings in his own harvest and ensures everything is ok. He grows drumstick leaves, and baby corn In his farm in the outskirts of Bangalore currently for Healthy Buddha.
A very passionate farmer who believes organic or natural farming is the only way to farm.
Proud Govindaraju, introducing his new family member
24 Jul 2021
Govindaraju grows greens for us at HB and he was mighty proud to introduce us to the new addition "Gauri" to his family.
Nagaraj showing off his carrot harvest
17 Jul 2021
Farmer Nagaraju showing off his stunning batch of carrots during our visit to his farm on the outskirts of Bangalore. He strongly believes when people eat, taste and use organic produce they are sure to find out the difference.
Delicate organic strawberries, Sandeep has you covered
17 Jul 2021
Strawberries are among the fruits that are known to have high load of pesticide use.
We are very grateful to our passionate farmer friend Sandeep who sends us with great care certified organic strawberries all the way from Mahabaleshwar.
He has been practising organic farming for the past 4 years and takes great care in growing these delicate fruits with absolutely no chemicals.
Ratnagiri Alphonso like no other !
30 Mar 2022
Beautiful mango fragrance wafts through HB warehouse as the seasons first Ratnagiri Alphonso arrives. These are Certified Organic Ratnagiri Alphonso Mangoes.. Infact, they are the only certified organic alphonso from Ratnagiri location currently available. Our farmer Umeshs family has been into mango farming since 1950s. Ever since Umesh took over the farm from his father, he has ensured only organic methods are used at the farm. Mangoes are packed in APEDA certified packhouse, given ozone wash & hot water treatment and individually scanned to ensure quality. Without doubt what arrives are the best GI tagged Alphonso Mangoes out of Ratnagiri. Its location & conditions give it characteristic taste, aroma, colour & quality which are exclusive & cant be found elsewhere. We have had a taste, and oh my its got the most fragrant sweet pulp ! No better way to dig in than take a direct bite!
Meet Ramakanth, our passionate desi ghee maker
24 Mar 2022
Ramakanthji is an ayurvedic expert who makes ghee the traditional way for us. When we first met him, he had about 7 desi Gir cows. Recently on our visit we saw this family has grown to 100+ Indian desi cows. He does this exclusively for Healthy Buddha. The Desi ghee comes from a single Goshala. He is so passionate about what he does. We have witnessed how he along with his family literally take care of them as their own family. Each cow has a name and is treated with lot of care. The milk is collected from his Gir cows and boiled. The milk is then fermented to make curd. The curd is then converted into butter by hand churning it. The butter is then heated to separate the liquid fats (ghee) and milk solids. This gives pure desi ghee! Dont miss out on the goodness of this ghee in your daily cooking.
Secret to Seshu's Perfectly Sweet Organic Sapotas !
20 Feb 2022
Seshu, our HB farmer, expert on growing sweet organic sapota tells us how its done! He says; It is important to keep the soil fertile and healthy by mulching (for developing rich organic matter) and spraying Jeemarutha ( a natural cow based microbial spray. While harvesting, each fruit is carefully hand picked, even ones at at the top of tree 30ft high by climbing up with shoulder bags! Picked at the right time and double ckecking ensures no ripening issues. All of these help bringing about that super sweet, honey like taste & pulpy texture.
Farmer brothers who turned around their Grapes Orchard
08 Oct 2021
Kiran and his brother decided to take over their ancestral farmlands in Chikaballapur of which a part has been devoted to growing blue grapes. Initially, they had a rocky start with using chemical farming methods. It affected their yeilds, sent costs soaring high and leaving them to deal with loses. But the brothers werent about to give up. They switched over to zero budget natural farming methods. With persistence and passion they have they have turned things around, creating healthy soil and producing beautiful harvests. They would like to give a lot of credit to their pair of desi cows - Malnad Gidda and Hallikar, and also to the millions of earthworms that their farm is teeming with now.
Our mentor PB Murali, receiving the best farmer award
26 Jul 2021
Well, Ladies & Gentlemen, we are proud to say Mr. Murali PB, Mentor of Healthy Buddha, has been awarded with Best Farmer "Mankanni Chemmal" Award by Tamilnadu Agricultural University & Tamilnadu government.
The making of an urban organic farmer, Kumar
24 Jul 2021
Kumar was brought up on his fathers farm. He watched his father and his farm suffer due to unsustainable chemical farming methods. He decided to take a different route. He completed his studies, became a software engineer by profession and left aboard to work. Always a farmer at heart, years later he returned, researched extensively and revived his plot of land into a successful organic farm.
Jeevamrutham, the traditional natural fertilizer
24 Jul 2021
Many of you might be wondering, how does an organic farmer grow his plants without any fertilizers? Where is the plant getting the required nutrients? How can the plant grow well? Organic Farming uses a traditional organic fertilizer called Jeevamrutham. It can be used as a fertilizer for each plant for every week, which boosts the plant growth and gives good yield. It need to be used within one week of preparation. Once Jeevamrutham is applied, one shouldn’t water the plants for 12 hrs.
Farmers hard at work, transplanting Paddy
24 Jul 2021
In our farm on the outskirts of chennai, farmers are transplanting Paddy. This is a popular variety in TN called Ponni rice. Organic farmers mostly prefer this variety as it responds well under natural nutrients supply. Even though the yields may not be as high as commercial varieties, they work to preserve these high quality varieties.
Kadappa Sweet Lime Farmers
17 Jul 2021
Passionate farmers from Kadappa in AP, growing sweet limes for HB
They take great care in growing their fruits with only natural materials like plant oils and age old farming preparations like Panchaghavya.
They come to HB personally to reach their harvest to be delivered to you all.
Marketer turned farmer, Munisamy
17 Jul 2021
Is a marketer turned organic farmer, who absolutely loves his farm life. He grows amazing Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Cabbages, Brinjals, and white pumpkins and has been working closely with HB for many years now.
He uses microbe cultures for soil fertility and keeping pests away in a natural way.
He is one among passionate farmers who is really interested in honing his craft.
Ethusiastic in collaborating with us for our gardening workshops too.
Padmaja, champion woman farmer
15 Jul 2021
We have had the pleasure of working closely with Padmaja, over the last 4 years at HB. She started out with her kicthen garden in effort to grow chemical free food and today manages her own farms.
She takes great pride and passion in what she grows. The amazing fresh turmeric, drumstick, brinjal purple, tender coconut you order at HB, come from her farm.
Great to see her showing the way & inspiring women in farming.