Our backbone!

Mandya Organic Farmers Co Op Society

Take a look at some of the things we do!
A question no one dares asking!
Why does the rice that a farmer sells at ₹15/kg gets sold to consumers at ₹100/kg, whether it be through a retail store or in the form of a ‘value add’, say a meal at a restaurant? Because Farming, by and large, is quite an unorganized, informal, yet tightly controlled sector.

Now, we certainly don’t want Corporates to come in and homogenize the sector (imagine Monocropping and Profiteering) resulting in a much deeper chaos.

But we also want to make sure Farmers can have an upper hand in negotiations and get fair prices for their produce. This is why we formed the Mandya Organic Farmers Co-operative Society.

Organic Farming Training Program

The Co-Op Soc creates awareness in villages about Organic Farming and as a part of that conducts different kinds of training programs for farmers.

You’d be glad to know every Monday we conduct a free organic farming training session for farmers and have been doing it for the past 5 years.

Madhu has opened up this program for Low Skilled Workers in the cities as well as Urbanites. Please tap the button below to learn more!

learn farming

Farmers’ Market Ft. Actual Farmers!

In a quest to deliver justice for farmers, we have seen many sidelining the farmers who should be at the front and center — not at all a strange phenomenon when demand for organic food is growing stronger every day.

How many times have you heard a Farmers' Market happening nearby and not being able to spot a single farmer there? :) Well, we decided to do something about this: The Co-Op Society holds a Farmers’ Market on every Sunday in Mandya where real, actual farmers come to sell their produce directly to the consumers, so that they get a better price benefit.

Please come by for the next one:
Address: DC Office, Mandya
Timings: 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Every Sunday

Donating Cows to Marginal Farmers

If farmers shouldn't use Chemical Fertilizers than how can they provide nutrients to crops. Well, the nature has provided with us Cows — taking what she gives to us, Farmers prepare an organic manure called Jeevamritha which helps in nourishing and replenishing the top soil for organic farming. The problem is, some of our farmers have Cows, most of them don't. To bridge this gap we tied up with a GoShala in Mandya and have been donating cows to needy farmer families. Till date, we've donated 600 Oxen, Cows, and Buffalos!

If you wish to donate a Cow to a poor farmer let us know by tapping the button below.

Donate a Cow!

Donate a Cow #SaveDesiCows

The reason we call Cow our mother is her mere existence helps us thrive. She gives us Gomaya, Milk, Curd, Ghee, Gaumutram — which are known as Pancha Gavyam and help rejuvenate one’s life.

Why Gau Daan?
1. Paap Dhenu Gau Daan: To get rid off Sins
2. Moksha Dhenu Gau Daan: For Moksha
3. Prayaschit Dhenu Gau Daan: To seek Forgiveness

A Desi Cow will be donated in your name. The ritual is done keeping in mind the sanctity of the Ancient Vedic Standards. More than anything, a farmer, the ‘Anna Data’ will be happy and you will not earn just ‘Samskara’, but also enrich lives in a meaningful way

Donate a Cow!

14+ Lakes Rejuvinated Across Mandya

As Sons and Daughters of the Soil, it comes naturally for us to care about the flora and fauna!

When the lakes in Mandya went dry, Organic Mandya worked with the villagers and local authorities to rejuvenate the lakes, naturally fertile silt soil of the Lake Bed was given to farmers as manure and the lake bunds were beautified.

As on date, Organic Mandya has assisted with the 14 Lake Rejuvenation Projects in Mandya District.

60,000+ Saplings Donated So Far

Organic Mandya has been instrumental in implementing the Forest-Farming Program to its members, all our farmers have been directed to plant trees alongside the border of their farms.

Fruit/Forest trees help a ton in helping survive the main crop. They are also of great help to our farmers in multiplying their income. There has been a resurgent interest in Forest Trees among the farming community and we are glad to do our bit!

In association with Karnataka Forest Department, we have given close to 60,000 saplings to our farmers.

Produce Stalls

We chose Keelara in Mandya as our first village to implement a Sustainable Shop model. Keelara village has about 4000 families, each families spend about ₹500 month for Greens. These Greens are bought from the outside market, which means ₹2.4 Crore goes out of the village each year!

To keep the unnecessary money outflow under check, and revive Village Economy, we dedicated a Poison-Free Food Store to Keelara Organic Farmers Club. The Shop is owned by Keelara Organic Farmers Club. The club produces organic food and the fresh produce is sold in the store. Once the surplus is achieved, they supply to Organic Mandya, which in turn gets sold across our stores in Bangalore. The village produces, the village consumes, excess is sold outside. This model also makes Farmers healthy!

Organic Farmers Club with 7000+ Farmers So Far.

We have formed about 300+ Organic Farmers Clubs spread across 270 Villages covering about
7000 Farmers.

These clubs are responsible for the production of Organic Cereals, Pulses, and Vegetables and also act as a decentralized warehouse for us.

Kitchen Garden Club. 4500+ Women Farmers

This club, as the name suggests, is focussed on helping women become self-sustainable by creating Kitchen Gardens (Keerai Madi) in the backyard of their homes. These beautiful gardens help them in two ways — a) reduce their dependency for essentials since pretty much everything can be grown in one’s own backyard and b) earn additional income by selling greens or ‘value-adds’ like Soaps, Ghee, Essential Oils, etc (and the best part is most of these all can be made using ingredients from the Kitchen Garden).

You should know this is not something new or invented by us — just 40 years ago, most Indian Village Homes used to have elaborate gardens to get fresh local greens throughout the year. This club is spread across 200 Villages and has 4500 Women members.

Kabaddi Club

The voice of the Youth is truly the voice of the nation. And that is precisely why it’s of paramount importance that the Youth is full of vigor and energy — how gracefully they move, how strong and wise they are, eventually decides the course of the nation.

Our prestigious 60 Kabaddi Clubs has players from 60 Villages and has about 1800 Youth involved! It serves as a valuable resource pool for Organic Mandya activities — for example, few of them serve as field assistants and on-field quality control executives