ORGANIC INDIA was formed in the 1990's by a small group of people from different parts of the world who met in Lucknow, a town in northern India, where they had traveled to meet a teacher named Sri H.W.L. Poonja, or Papaji as he was called by many. Drawn to India in search of truth and self-realization, they found their way to Lucknow upon hearing of the simple teachings of Papaji: "Keep Quiet. The eternal truth exists within you. Do not entertain a single thought and the truth will reveal itself to itself."
Inspired by Papaji's lifetime of service to the Indian people, this group of visionaries (and future founders of ORGANIC INDIA) came together to create a holistic business that would eventually change the face of agriculture in northern India. Their idea was simple: establish a business model that will support the livelihood of thousands of impoverished farmers in India by providing training and education that will enable them to be self-sufficient and to develop skills that will be passed on to their children and future generations.
This idea became a movement as the Indian people began to cultivate and develop organic, biodynamic and sustainable farming methods. The founder's mission to offer safe, healthful products to the world is the driving force behind an organic revolution that is now occurring there.
ORGANIC INDIA works with thousands of family farmers in India, cultivating tens of thousands of acres of farmland that has been 3rd party certified organic through funding from ORGANIC INDIA. The farmers are commissioned to grow organic crops under their guidance, which ORGANIC INDIA then purchases from them at a premium market price. ORGANIC INDIA also works with local tribes-people in India who ethically wildcraft herbs on 592,000 acres of forest that ORGANIC INDIA has converted to USDA certified organic.
Currently, ORGANIC INDIA markets certified organic, biodynamic, and ethically wildcrafted products throughout India, the United States, Israel, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, Japan and Australia.