Poornima Savargaonkar, Ex ISRO Scientist and Founder Director, Enriched Soil and Soul Pvt. Ltd.
Awardee of “ Innovative Farmer award” by ICAR, Member Indian Council for Food and Agriculture, ( ICFA), Member of Sustainability team, National conference on Agriculture 2018, Author – NATUECO DD KiIsan Channel.
An Electronics and Telecom Engineer, an Ex-Scientist with ISRO, a car rallyist, poet, founder of Enrich Soil and Soul Pvt Ltd, and an awardee of The Innovative Farmer Award. This list of accomplishments belongs to none other than Mrs. Poornima Savargaonkar who has joined us on the show today! After working with ISRO for 13 years, she decided to answer her calling. As her love was always rooted in nature, she left ISRO to pursue sustainable urban gardening. She founded Enrich by implying creative soil technology. And created her own soil, after studying the soils of Bangalore, Pondicherry, and Madhya Pradesh. She discusses deeply the established practice of seasonal farming and self-growing of food. Mrs. Savargaonkar throws light upon the importance of the three R’s- Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. She believes that the millennials are logarithmically ahead when it comes to the awareness of the depleting resources and higher usage of nonbiodegradable materials. She believes in connecting to the small things in life and self-critiquing. “Connect, Confidence, and Resolution of thought! ” These three words describe her best. A very independent and humble personality, Mrs. Savargaonkar has truly achieved her dreams!
Awardee of “ Innovative Farmer award” by ICAR, Member Indian Council for Food and Agriculture, ( ICFA), Member of Sustainability team, National conference on Agriculture 2018, Author – NATUECO DD KiIsan Channel – 25 episodes – Chhat Par Bagwani Invitee to showcase NATUECO way for farming to Hon Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi during Krishi Unnati Mela 2018. Interviewed by DD news channels series ́Tejaswini”. Winner – India’s longest Interstate Womens Car Rally – 430 km . Poet – Published Poems collection ‘ Rabta”
Gardening always has been my hobby since childhood which got translated into passion over years of pursuing it in different climate zones of our Country. After leaving my ISRO job, gardening became my full time hobby and solace in the synthetic urban life of NCR. After facing many challenges in sustainable gardening practices in NCR life, I started deep diving into different techniques and aspects of sustainable urban gardening. Through my journey of understanding the challenges of NCR weather, soil and water, I focused my studies on soil building. This journey eventually lead me to creation of “ Amrit Mitti” on my roof top. A staunch believer in ecological ways of life, this study helped me build my own Urban Roof top farm. My this little farm is now sustainable employing “ Reduce, Reuse and Recycle” principles. I reduced my bio degradable house waste from going to landfills, Reuse my own resources of grey water and recycle the post harvest bio degradable waste! I am gradually building my own seed bank of open pollinated seed varieties of vegetables for urban farmers like me. The waste management at home became an integral activity of my soil building and Urban Roof top farming. Expanding my bandwidth of waste management, I created ready to pot organic soils for the benefit of Urban farmers using agricultural waste. This venture is named as ́Enriched Soil and Soul PVT Ltd.”. These soils have reached almost all the states of our country including far East state of Nagaland, Manipur, Tripura and Assam through E-Commerse. I conduct workshops for individuals and communities to help them treat bio degradable waste at source. I conduct workshops to teach sustainable organic urban gardening and roof top farming. I guide small scale farmers for their soil correction and move towards sustainable ways of farming.