Our Farmers

Our farmer partners are the backbone of our company as well as our country. They do the hard of growing the food we eat and yet rarely get the credit due to them. Original Indian Table is a partner to farmers committed to growing crops that are sustainable and suited to their local agro-climatic conditions. We ensure that atleast 30% of the final price reaches the farmers.

Since the Green Revolution in India, there has been a focus on increasing farm productivity by focusing on a selected basket of products and using conventional agricultural practices. This has led to the loss of traditional food varieties and practices and the excessive application of chemical inputs has increased costs and reduced soil productivity making farming an unviable economic activity

Today there is a trend of farmers shifting to indigenous crop varieties to revive their soil and are struggling to sell their products beyond local markets. Parallely there’s a growing population of customers looking for healthy local food options. Original Indian Table aims to bridge this gap.

Today we are actively sourcing from 19 farmer groups spread across India of which 5 are women farmer groups.

Women farmers from Munsiari, Uttarakhand cleaning different varieties of local rajma grown by them. This is probably the best Rajma in India due to the soil and altitude at which it is grown.

Boregowda and his brother Shankar are passionate farmers as part of a larger network of farmers in South India that is preserving local millets and rice varieties. Photo by Sahaj

MiraDi and other local women preparing savoury artisanal blends of Himalayan rock salts- Lemon Rind, Garlic and Bhangjeera that are handcrafted and delicious.

The farmers of Ladakh work hard to preserve their indigenous food products including apricots, buckwheat, barley and black peas. They can be seen harvesting apricots here. Photo by LEDeG

Agriculture in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand is dominated by women who do most of the work in the field. These hardworking women farmers do farming while managing their household. Photo by Umang

Rice being an important part of West Bengal’s staple diet, the state has numerous rice varieties like black rice and Gobindo Bhog rice that are grown and preserved by these farmers. Photo by ONganic

Syed Ghani Khan is a well-known name in the farmer community. His pioneering work and efforts in the preservation of over 850 varieties of rice is commendable and inspiring. Photo by Sahaj

A conversation with the women farmers of Uttarakhand who grow Lakhori chillies. These women are part of Self-Help Groups and depend on farming for their livelihood.