About Us

We coach people on growing their own food at home, organically. Drop in for our workshops or have us design your kitchen garden — outdoors or on a balcony.

We do this through our workshops on organic kitchen gardening (which have had over 2,500 participants over the last four years), our garden guide service which helps beginners get a quick start on growing vegetables and fruits in gardens, balconies or terraces and by making organic gardening inputs more easily accessible.

Gardening Workshops

Growing food can be challenging, especially if you are a beginner.

Our workshops (currently in Goa and Mumbai) have helped over 3,000 people learn the basics of growing food organically.

Kitchen Garden Design

If you’re trying to set up your first kitchen garden, you may want some help.

We design organic kitchen gardens and coach you through your first steps, and help create a wonderful and productive garden.

Organic Garden Inputs

Sometimes its difficult to find the right inputs for your organic kitchen garden.

We stock several products (in Goa only) for organic soil improvement and pest management, and also seasonal vegetable seedlings and seeds.

The Backstory

Green Essentials (based in Goa) guides people who are looking to improving the quality of their food, by growing it organically at home.

Inspired by Poonam Kasturi’s Daily Dump, we began as a small store, which originated because of our personal adventures (and frustrations) while searching for green products that met our own needs. The store (in hibernation for a few months as we move to a new location) provides gardening inputs and ideas for healthier and more environmentally friendly alternatives to products that we use at home everyday.

Over the years, we’ve moved from selling green products into promoting the cause of organic kitchen gardening – because of the amazing positive impact that this has on us and on our environment. We believe that kitchen gardening is an important way to influence us directly (our health) and indirectly (the health of our environment – the water, soil, plants and more). We also try to educate our community about various topics related to the environment.

We have been a part of various initiatives organised by the International Centre Goa and the Botanical Society of Goa to promote organic kitchen gardening in Goa and Mumbai. We also provide organic gardeners easy access to the inputs they need to break free from synthetic fertilisers and poison-based pest repellents.

Karan & Yogita

 

In the Press

“What earlier was perceived as a smelly, untouchable refuse is now considered as precious food for plants. Dealing with waste has become the new cool.”
– Business Goa, Article – Best of Waste
“The soaring food inflation, scary thought of incessant use of chemicals on vegetables giving you second thoughts? Then look no further. Your kitchen garden is the place you grow fresh, seasonal and, most importantly, healthy vegetables.”
– Navhind Times, Article – You Reap what you Sow

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