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The Problem : Non-Organic Old Tasteless Indian Vegetables

The Vegetables that are available in Indian Grocery Stores do not come from India.

 

They are largely grown in Central America to keep the prices low, mainly because of the lower labor costs.

These vegetables are harvested weeks earlier before the vegetables have reached their prime so that they can last the long journey.

This generally causes a lack of taste. Moreover, the hybrid seed varieties are selected for durability, production, and appearance at the expense of flavor. The treatments mandated to kill pests can further degrade flavor or texture. It might seem logical that older produce is also less nutritious and lasts less. It also spoils easier and earlier due to the factory preservation techniques used. 

The larger problem is of the use of fertilizers and pesticides in growing these vegetables in large scale commercial farms. Studies after studies have shown the harmful health effects on us and our family. 

Our Solution : Heirloom Organic Locally Grown

Understanding this problem, my wife and I, have personally sourced heirloom (ancient) seed varieties directly from farmers in India with a focus on taste and originality.

With our partners in India - small farmers, small scale breeders, and local seed growers, we have been able to source not only the Desi (heirloom) seeds of standard normal vegetables like Bottle Gourd, Bitter Gourd, Kasuri Methi, Chili, Ridge gourd, okra,  etc. but we have also been able to source many unique vegetable seeds from different regions of India.

We at Gopal Farm NY are now probably the largest repository of Indian Heirloom Vegetable seeds and we continue to grow them each year. We are hoping that seeing the enthusiastic usage of these local desi vegetables in the USA, local farmers, Chefs, and households in India will start growing and using them more thereby reviving the usage of healthy flavorful local seasonal vegetables.

Since 2016, we have been trialing them at our NY farm using better than Organic practices. We use a combination of ancient Indian Agriculture techniques as well as modern implements and knowledge. 

We have been grateful that many renowned Chefs of NYC have trialed them for us and included them in their seasonal recipes. 

Some Vegetables grow well, and some do not. So we try to find a close replacement from another region in India. Due to the cold climate hence shorter growing period we test various techniques to grow them longer. The high cost of labor in USA compared to India is another constraint. 

These vegetables are then picked when they are just ripe, largely only a day before they are delivered to you or you could even come and pick them up yourself!

Or you could come with your family and help plant them at the beginning of the season!

Previous year's CSA box receivers consistently list four reasons to continue to source their weekly Indian Vegetables from us:

 

1. Family's health by sourcing their Organic Indian vegetables from a local farm.

2. Jain Ahinsak Principles used to grow Vegetables

3. Taste and Nutrition

4. Convenience of home deliveries.

PROBLEM OF VIOLENCE IN AGRICULTURE

Until about 70 years ago all farming was done without man made fertilizers and pesticides. As man tried to create a solution for growing population around the world, they increased their crop production using pesticides and insecticides. That not only destroyed the natural chemical composition of the soil, it made its way into human body causing development of new diseases and complications. We are all aware of the fact that fertilizers cause so much damage to earth and insecticide pesticides used on our vegetables are extremely hazardous to health.

In organic produce too there are lot of organic insecticide and pesticides used to kill pests and other insects by their pest management control system. So both methods of farming cause lot of violence towards the other living beings and does not support ecological balance on earth.

Ahinsak farming focuses on returning to the basis without causing any harm to any living being. Ahinsa means non-violence. 

Ahinsak farming differs from organic farming that it does not even use any organic insecticides or pesticides. Following the principles of Ahinsak (non- violence) it believes in “parasparopgraho jeevaanam”-the interdependence and coexistence of all living beings with their right to live and grow.

SOLUTION - AHINSAK JAIN AGRICULTURE

We use only ancient Indian organic techniques at Gopal Farm. But to understand and cater to the Jain community who honor the principles of non-violence or Ahinsak principles, we have collaborated with Smart Jain whose Owner, Jain Artist and Community Leader Shefali Ajmera, NY states:

"Few years back I realized that all products (yes, all products) that we use in our daily lives have animal ingredients in them. This fact really touched my heart as being Jain and believer of “Live and allow others to live” philosophy by Lord Mahavir. I can never imagine that everything around me, that I am using, has killed animals. So I decided to start our own Ahinsak (non-violent) endeavours.

After studying market for almost 2 years, I decided to start my first Ahinsak endeavour in agriculture as I realized that chemical fertilizers, insecticides and pesticides affect Mother Earth and human health tremendously. Even in organic farming as pest management control uses organic pesticides and insecticides, it kills earth friendly insects along with pests. As a result, this will continue to cause ecological imbalance on earth. Believing that all living organism has full right to live its life and die naturally, thereby killing these organisms is just not the solution. Proper nurturing of the plant in connection with the nature is required.

I visited many local organic farms, even went to Organic Farmers conferences in hope to finding a like minded farmer to work with. Gopal Farm of NY was the closest to the Jain Ahinsak principles. So we have decided to collaborate with Gopal Farm to bring a curated Jain Farm Box to serve the Jain Community of Northeast USA.

Moreover, we have sponsored Dr. Sharad Godha from Jaipur, India to come and do R&D in implementing many more of the Ahinsak agriculture principles to fine tune the Ahinsak principles used at Gopal Farm.

So let’s get started with Jain Farm Box for all who wants to live healthy and pursue Ahinsak (non-violent) lifestyle / Jain Way of Life.

We are always going to be very thankful to all our supporters, subscribers and people who work with us. As these Ahinsak (non-violent) endeavours are not possible without the participation and support of each and everyone of us." 

List of Vegetables

We grow a large variety of the following Farm fresh Organic Vegetables (as per the season). You may select the box for a family of four or a family of two. You are able to weekly Customize what you need, then Checkout like in a normal shopping cart.    

Standard Vegetables - Tomatoes, Cabbage, Salad mixes, Spinach, Bell Pepper, Pumpkin, Squash, Zucchini etc.

Jain Indian Vegetables - Okra, Hot chili peppers, Curry leaves, Green Banana, Green Papaya, Indian cucumbers, Kakdi, Lauki (Bottle Gourd), Bitter melon(Karela), fresh Methi leaves, fresh mustard leaves, various Indian green Beans, Coriander leaves, Ash Gourd, Round Gourd (Tinda), Snake Gourd, Pointed Gourd, Winged Bean, Surti Papdi (Hyscianth Bean), Yard Long Bean, Moongre Green Bean etc.

More from Farm

- Organic Grass-Fed A2 Ethical Milk

- Organic Farm Fresh Fruit Box 

Specialty products like Organic Grains, Honey, Maple Syrup, Farm Sauces, Dehydrated Vegetables, Juices, and other Organic and unique premium items

Winter

In colder months, we grow the greens in geothermally heated greenhouses. We have also partnered with an Organic Farm in Florida to grow Organic Vegetables and Fruits for the beginning and end season months when it is too cold here in NY to grow warm weather Indian Vegetables. With our contracted truck, we are able to bring the harvested vegetables from our FL farm within 2 days to our NY farm keeping the flavor and freshness intact.

Answers to Questions on Pricing, Advance Payment, Content, Size of Boxes, Seasonal List, and a lot of more...
A Summary of How our CSA program works in Ordering and Receiving a Weekly Box of Organic Vegetables at home from our farm.

Delivery Region / Delivery Cost

We ship by UPS to NYC & beyond

 

The traditional Model of CSA Boxes is that the farmer puts in each Member Box a portion of what is being grown seasonally. Members generally havenot had muchchoice in selecting the boxes.  Our CSA model Mixes Choice with traditional CSA advantages.We are trying to mirror the shopping experience of going to a normal Organic Grocery Store while connecting the members to a local farm and its farming community.

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