It’s a hobby farm where culinary herbs are grown organically. Some of the herbs have health benefits too. Thai & Italian restaurants in the city of Pune India are the main buyers of the herbs.
Jugnoo Farm came into being in 1998. Bell peppers was the flagship product. Cultivation of bell peppers was the first ever in Pune. The bell peppers were grown from Dutch seeds and the product was very attractive to look at.
Hard and tasty, thick walled, juicy and rich in vitamin C. Shelf life of about 8 days. Great demand in Pune theme restaurants and premier super markets like Dorabjees.
After a few years in 2002 an awareness of the harmful effects of chemical pesticides dawned on us. Most exotic veggies are difficult to grow without using pesticides. The farming philosophy changed from chemical to organic farming.
The herbs are quite happy to grow in our climate and respond well to natural ways of growing. Growing herbs gives you a good feeling too. Not only are they consumed but most of them have good health benefits.
This blog presents a record of the stages that a novice went through to set up a farm in village setting. The learning still continues. The blog will be dedicated to share and learn points on growing and the benefits and the use of herbs
A family Kantilal, Nanda and their children lived on the farm. Their contribution is unmeasurable. They returned to their village in 2004. Sometime in 2007 we got the tragic news that Nanda expired in her village leaving behind her young children. May her soul rest in peace.
We now have Kashinath from the village Autadewadi who is an amazing person. Spiritual and and with great humility. The plants love his presence too and I may post my thoughts on this on this later. Kashi does not live at the farm. The village folks are so friendly, large hearted and always so cooperative. We can learn a lot from their simple logic and frugal economics.