Hailing from a village in Ballia of Uttar Pradesh, Mithilesh Kumar Singh spent most of his childhood roaming across the fields and watching his household work there.
Issues modified, nonetheless, when he moved to Azamgarh for his research, and later, Delhi for a job. “I accomplished laptop science engineering in 2007 and moved to Delhi like each different youth, with the hope to land a well-paying job. However I couldn’t make it to any firm and adopted my ardour for writing by turning right into a content material author,” Mithilesh tells The Higher India.
Through the years, he labored for various portals and a global media content material firm. And whereas he was happy with the job, the ambiance within the capital metropolis was monotonous and unhealthy, he remembers. “I missed my village….its inexperienced fields and farm-fresh produce,” he says.
The 38-year-old and his spouse Vindhyavasini had a backyard on their terrace. Mithilesh explains, “We stay on the highest ground of an condominium and initially used the terrace to develop decorative crops. When the pandemic started, we considered rising greens too.”
Nonetheless, because the virus started spreading quick by the nation, Mithilesh and Vindhyavasini returned to his village for nearly a 12 months. “In that point, I realized extra about farming and its strategies. This inspired me to place collectively an natural vegetable backyard again dwelling in Delhi. My thought was to develop sufficient to fulfill the wants of my family, and share the surplus with others at no cost.”
A novel twist
As a substitute of utilizing pots or develop luggage, Mithilesh zeroed in on unused PVC pipes within the condominium so he may save numerous house.
Generally, PVC pipes are low cost, straightforward to seek out, and may save up on tonnes of house. Furthermore, it doesn’t require an advanced arrange.
Utilizing this vertical gardening methodology to his profit, Mithilesh expanded his backyard in 2021, and at present grows chilli, coriander, tomato, brinjal, okra, peas, bitter gourd and different day-to-day veggies.
“The PVC pipe backyard grew to become a hit and folks began visiting our place to see the setup. They confirmed curiosity in studying easy methods to construct an identical backyard. As I’m keen on writing and in addition know web site designing, I began a gardening portal referred to as Veg Roof,” he says.
This was his first step in the direction of constructing a farming startup. He additionally started taking pictures movies and posting on his YouTube channel with the identical identify. In April this 12 months, he had Veg Roof registered.
“Regardless of the considerable info on the market on a number of channels and websites, many individuals nonetheless discover gardening a strenuous process. A significant situation many face is the restricted availability of house. I discovered that rising veggies on PVC pipes largely solves this drawback. I’ve began a pilot mission of giving crops that I develop in PVC pipes to individuals in my locality. This manner, they perceive it’s attainable and get an preliminary push,” he says.
Initially, he gave the primary 18 crops of every selection at no cost. Because the outcomes had been promising, Mithilesh has began promoting the identical to anybody .
The YouTube channel, alternatively, is replete with movies sharing recommendations on gardening, strategies of farming, and easy methods to make full use of the obtainable house for setting a backyard.
“My intention is to make the individuals of town eat what they like, freed from poison. Residing within the metropolis myself, I’ve come to know that it’s a large problem to get natural greens right here,” provides Mithilesh. “I would like individuals to grasp that natural greens may be cultivated even of their small balcony. Individuals are keen on ready-to-use issues now. That’s why I present partially grown crops in PVC pipes to them. All they should do is pour water and harvest.”
He additionally says that the COVID-19 interval has taught individuals to eat and stay healthily which is drastically behind the success of his startup.
Lately Mithilesh participated within the Dreamdeal Problem organised by Anupam Mittal, a shark on Shark Tank India,. Mithilesh’s startup thought was well-received within the problem and he acquired mentorship from the businessman.
“My final dream is to draw increasingly more individuals into farming. I hope this humble startup might be a push for everybody to plant what they eat,” he says.
Learn this story in Hindi right here.
Edited by Divya Sethu