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The Varanashi Story
This is the story of Varanashi Organic Farms. Owned by the Varanshi family for over 400 years, this embellished tradition began in 16th Century with the wiseman ( Jyotishi ) a favorite of the rulers of Kodagu Kingdom at the time, who gifted with large land in Moodambailu Area . The current land boundary of Varanashi Organic Farms is about 100 Acres over two properties, with 7 irrigation ponds and also a river and a riverlet adjoining one of the properties. Crop plantations are maintained within the natural vegetation of the area, and 60% of the farms is still untouched forest. Crops like Arecanut, Coconut, Cocoa, Nutmeg, Banana, Black Pepper, Jackfruit etc are grown in a multi story system. In addition different types of vegetables, fruits, flowers are also grown. Rice is cultivated organically for our own consumption during the rainy season.
It is interesting to note that the family name “Varanashi”, incessantly confused with “Varanasi”, does actually originate from the name of the Indian spiritual capital. However, generations have passed and this Varanashis are now indigenous to Bantwal Taluk of D.K District Karnataka.
Over the years, subsequent generations of Varanashis have proven themselves innovators and visionaries, transforming their ancestral property to keep up with changing times.
How did we go Organic?
In 1981, the farm was a low level chemically managed farm. With the intention of increasing the yield of the land, it was converted into a high level chemical farm. An unforeseen consequence of this transition was an increase in occurrences of disease and pest infestation, with no substantial increase in profitability. In 1991, a complete migration was made to organic methods of farming. Slowly and steadily, the subsequent years saw progress, with increased yield and profitability.
This is the story of Of Varanashi Organic Farms owned by Varanashi Family. The farming activity started by Chakrakodi family over 200 years ago with a Jyothishi a favorite of King Lingaraju Ruler of Kodagu who in 1816 gifted large land and a big house in Moodambailu. Thirumaleshwari Amma one of the female members of this family married Varanashi Krishnayya and settled at Moodambailu. His son Varanashi Subraya Bhat (who founded CAMPCO Ltd a large co-operative) and grandson Varanashi Krishna Moorthy managed the property in subsequent years and named it Varanashi Farms. Parth Varanashi is youngest heir in this family who is taking the family tradition forward.