Our work with marginalized smallholding farmers of Maharashtra involves careful evaluation of farmland, farming practices and handholding to make the transition to Organic farming. We work with smallholding organic farmers and help them with access to markets through tight value chains and a fair 5-10x price for their produce.
from Shelgaon, pune
Namdeo is a hardworking farmer and works on a small piece of land. His entire family is involved in the work Namdeo does and they staunchly keep his farm organic.
Team-TBOF has been guiding him since the last 5 years and have observed his practices. He grows Organic Pomegranates. Namdeo could start selling his organic Pomegranates at the OrganicWe Farmers Market. The very first time he came to the market, Namadev went back all sold out! His 10 crates of Organic pomegranates were sold for ₹15,000/- direct to customers - the market rate of which was otherwise not even a third of this amount!
Project 100 Organic Farmers
1000 Acres Organic Farms
1000 Acres Organic Farms
Shelgaon Village, Pune
By Govt of Maharashtra Dept of Agriculture
Farmer Satyajit delivered a lecture on the importance of Organic Farming to farmers (Krushi Unnati Shendriya Sheti Gat) in Shelgaon village Indapur Taluka District Pune. Organised by Govt of Maharashtra Dept of Agriculture.
Shelgaon is a very prosperous village and has close to 5000 acres of Pomegranate. If only one village like Shelgaon could turn Organic, 5000 acres of soil will be saved, close to 5,00,000 lac tonnes of Pomegranate will be chemical free and in turn could benefit 5 lac consumers.
Initiative - Govt of Maharashtra
Farmer Trainings along with ATMA
TBOF was invited by ATMA, run by the Government of Maharashtra to help those interested in Organic Farming. This was done in association with Panjrapole Trust, Pune. We addressed nearly 200 farmers of Maharashtra and shared our journey of being able to successfully market organically grown produce under our own brand name without any major funding or machinery.
Jaihind Lokchalwal Sangamner
Youth Farmer Meet
TBOF was invited by Jaihind Lokchalwal Sangamner, for their Youth Farmer Meet, on 30th June 2019, to address, guide and inspire over 1500 farmers - it was a humbling experience. With us at the event were MLA Dr Sudhir Tambe and former IAS Chandrakant Dalvi whose work in rural development via his NGO is notable. We were also awarded for work done in the international marketing of agricultural produce.
Ketki Farmers Meet
We addressed a progressive group of over 200 farmers who are embarking on the journey of group farming. We were called to speak and share our story of organic farming and marketing - this was held at village Nimgaon Ketki, Taluka Indapur, Dist Pune.
Farmer training and interaction at Mohite Industries Kolhapur, organised by Smt Monika Mohite, whose immense interest and love to turn her farm organic had kept us talking for over 6 months - the training and handholding for farmers was conducted on 20th Sept 2019.
Kolhapur is blessed by nature with abundant rainfall, many rivers, fertile soil and hardworking sporty people, they have always held the mantle in many walks of life and we are sure with them getting into organic farming with gusto, they will set an example for others to follow.
Malinagar Dist Solapur
An amazing session with over 400 farmers on the 20th Sept 2020 at the KrishiSamrat 1st anniversary celebration organised by a group of progressive and passionate farmers in Malinagar near Akluj, Dist Solapur.
The soil movement grows - more and more farmers now are expressing their interest in converting their soil to an organic ecosystem. However, what they lack is an understanding of the complete picture; of growing crops and marketing them which does not give them the confidence to turn organic; any solution must be holistic.