Choose to Grow organic
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 harimitti.com
Founder Surhid Chandra with chief knowledge officer Suvendu Sekhar Das, at the Hari Mitti nursery