Know Your Facilitators:
Kapil Mandawewala – Founder & CEO, Edible Routes
Kapil studied Management of Information Systems & Finance from the University of Texas at Austin (1999-2003). He then worked for Deloitte Consulting in San Francisco as a Senior Consultant for five years.
In 2008, Kapil relocated to Gujarat to start organic farming at his 22-acre farmland. During the next five years, he established a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) system through which residents could buy local, seasonal, and fresh produce directly from the farm. He then founded Edible Routes in 2015 with the aim to help more and more people grow their own food.
Kapil has trained with Bhaskar Save in 2011, and in greenhouse cultivation from the Horticulture Training Centre in Talegaon, Maharashtra in 2012. Between 2012 and 2014, Kapil participated in the Shod Yatras in Mizoram, Manipur and Punjab with Prof. Anil Gupta, IIM Ahmedabad. He obtained his Permaculture Design Certificate in 2014 after training with Rico Zook. Since 2018, Kapil is certified as a ‘Permaculture Teacher and Designer’ by Rosemary Morrow.
With the Edible Routes team, he has created more than 2000 edible gardens and manages 25 farms in Delhi, NCR, Uttarakhand, Orissa, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Gujarat.
Julie Nabanita Bajaj
Nabanita or as she is fondly known ‘Julie’ is one of the founding members of Edible Routes. She has been passionate about gardening since childhood. From a family of avid kitchen gardeners, she grew up watching her Permaculturist father in action. A firm believer of bringing people together through gardening. She has managed many things at Edible Routes including supervising Kitchen Garden operations, the planting division, workshops and Farmlet management.
She received her Permaculture Design Certificate from Narssana Koppula, the pioneer of Indian Permaculture in November 2016 and her Advanced Permaculture Design Skills, Mapping to Scale and Landscape Graphics from Raya Cole in December 2017.
She was invited as a resource person to train women self-help group in Majuli Island, Assam and by the Northeast Rural Livelihood Project (NERLP) to train hill farmers in Nagaland in 2017.