Ten-second takeaway

Get your weekly supply of veggies and greens straight out of Kikui Farms {part of Red Hills Nature Resort} in the Nilgiris, delivered right to your doorstep.

Chef turned farmers

Vishanth Kumar – a UK trained chef who has a masters in sustainable development- and Micah Kaufman  – a former Executive Chef at the Milwaukee Art Museum {Wisconsin, USA} – partnered up for Kikui Farms. Both saw a real need for an “honest” alternative to the food supply and farming system that exists. They point out that industrialised chemical farming that’s rampant today does little for ecosystems and has destroyed the natural order of things for greater economic benefit. Kikui Farms, however, relies on permacultural farming that employs every natural resource including water, sunlight, weeds, compost, animals, insects and humans to grow sustainable crops. While they are too nascent for organic certification, Kikui’s rotational farming philosophy uses only naturally available resources to grow a diverse set of crops in the Nilgiris.

Garden variety

Today, Kikui produces around 30 different varieties of veggies and greens. Once you mail or call Vishanth, he’ll box up a host of vegetables that are available on the farm, during that week, and send it across. Kumar says that you’ll get around six different varieties and around 4.5 kilos of produce on a weekly basis. While they don’t encourage picking and choosing your vegetables, you’ll most often get a helping of carrots and potatoes {since they are staples} along with seasonal offerings like pumpkin, peas, cauliflowers, beetroots, broccoli and plenty of others.

Kikui has a regular clientele and they only deliver to a handful of neighbourhoods, in Bangalore, where they get a minimum of ten orders. Whitefield, Cox Town, Sarjapur Road, and Domlur are part of their usual routes. Once you’ve made that initial call, you’ll get a call every Wednesday to check whether you’ll be needing your weekly supply and deliveries are made each Friday.

Where: You can mail Vishanth Kumar at vishanth@kikui.in or call him at +91 9442471754.

When: Deliveries are done every Friday.

Price: INR 500 for a box of veggies.

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