Ushering in The Organic Era: Kavita Mukhi- Farmer’s Market
Ushering in The Organic Era:
Kavita Mukhi- Farmer’s Market
By Zeba Akhtar
For the past seven seasons, the hood of Bandra has been basking in the glory of all things organic, and for that, we have one woman to thank.
Meet Kavita Mukhi, a journalist turned nutritionist and a successful craniosacral therapist who had the urge and tenacity to bring in the Farmer’s Market, which takes place most Sundays at Bhalla House in Bandra West.
We caught up with Kavita with an urge to know more about her journey and how she undertook the whole task of such a massive event.
A journalist by profession, she took up the idea of nutrition initially under a personal impulse. A young mother, she was continuously bombarded by different opinions and ideas regarding the usage of natural products after the birth of her son. Hence, she decided to study it all herself. Thus began the process of studying nutrition. However, that too was not enough for her, and she decided to extend the limitations of nutrition by training to become a craniosacral therapist.
Since then, she has been using her skills to help people heal naturally.
The decision to bring in the Farmer’s Market was one based on a lot of thought and demand. In 1990, she began Conscious Foods, which was a little health store, and stacked mostly dry organic products. With time, the demand for fresh produce grew, and thus in 2010, the Farmer’s Market came about. It took Kavita a long time to process and implement the idea due to lack of a space large enough to host the market, as parks would not designate their Sundays to the market.
“The main motivation is to see Indian farming wisdom, culture, tradition, & heritage be conserved by ensuring that the farmer is a happy man and that his children want to remain in the business. The health of the soil is important too. Our health is only a side benefit.”
That apart, Kavita also believes that it is important that agriculture, or rather traditional agriculture is preserved, else we would all fade away into the trap of genetically modified or artificially grown products. The Farmer’s Market is an attempt to rekindle the spirit of farming, create awareness about the benefits of fresh products, and reduce over reliance on packaged food.
With these ideals in mind, she keeps her kitchen completely organic but does not mind eating out at invitations or restaurants.
Despite echoing so many different roles and gaining equivalent success at them, Kavita still wishes that she had more time for her family where she could stay back at home and spend quality time taking care of her loved ones.
Such is the capacity of multi-tasking when it comes to this phenomenal woman!
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