Choose to Grow or­ganic


India Today - - COVER STORY -

Farm-to-ta­ble or gar­den to ta­ble are con­cepts that may have seemed unattain­able for city dwellers with busy lives till now, but Hari Mitti will make it pos­si­ble for you. The New Town-based start-up grows over 40 va­ri­eties of veg­eta­bles, fruits and herbs and air pu­ri­fy­ing plants that you can plant in your own homes.

If you do not have a green thumb, do not worry. Hari Mitti pro­vides soil­free mulch lined crates that are loaded with ver­mi­com­post and co­coa peat and only bring plants to you once they are “hardy enough to sur­vive beyond the nurs­ery.” “Most plants need a lot of care dur­ing the seedling stage. Our aim is to take away the has­sle of ur­ban gar­den­ing. All you need to do is wa­ter them,” says founder Surhid Chan­dra.

Main­te­nance of the plants is all nat­u­ral and free of harm­ful chem­i­cals. “You may even call it or­ganic but we avoid the la­bel since there is no ac­count­ing for acid rain or even ground­wa­ter,” says Chan­dra. What he can vouch for is the po­tency of the nutri­ent rich greens. “We have had clients who say they can­not stom­ach co­rian­der and toma­toes from the vegetable seller after grow­ing their own,” he says.

From your gar­den va­ri­ety beans to “ex­otic veg­eta­bles like bell pep­pers broc­coli and oys­ter mush­rooms” they grow it all. “We have stud­ied that if one opts for about 30 to 35 crates, then a fam­ily of three can sun­stain on what they grow and need to only buy pota­toes and onions,” says Chan­dra.

If you want to pass on the gift of grow­ing to friends and fam­ily, Hari Mitti has also de­signed pinewood boxes of herbs. “These small pots al­ready come packed with enough nu­tri­ents that they con­tinue to grow with­out need­ing ex­tra main­te­nance,” says Chan­dra.

Price Rs 500 per crate or box plus in­stal­la­tion cost De­tails harim­

Founder Surhid Chan­dra with chief knowl­edge of­fi­cer Su­vendu Sekhar Das, at the Hari Mitti nurs­ery

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