From Our Founder

Having been raised in an isolated Himalayan village of the Kumaon region, I saw first hand the need to establish a brand that would support dispersed rural communities to safeguard traditional practices and ancestral seed banks under threat from generic, commodity intensive, industrialised methods, agricultural toxins, monocultures and chemically treated hybrids. I arrived at this insight after returning from years working abroad in business management. I had returned as my personal life at that time was in crisis. This period of suffering and spiritual upheaval sensitised me to the living conditions of the local villagers, to their incessant conflicts and ordeals. After several transformative encounters, both human and divine, I found myself entering upon a path of service to others, to those most vulnerable, those who bear the brunt of life’s petty injustices and tyrannies. My own existential pain had been transmuted into a sense of responsibility for the broader community.

Peasant farmers have to contend with disheartening competition both from invasive plant species (typically pine from the British occupation), and an accelerated influx of monkeys displaced from urban centres, aggravated by the relentless predations of wild boar. Corporate governance also puts further pressure on self-subsistent communities via mismanaged and poorly conceived aid programmes. My hope is to conserve those precious and singular resources indigenous to the Himalayan region by creating a niche market for exceptional foodstuffs in a manner that protects the farmer’s interests. The Himalaya has become a catch word amongst health pundits and is often dishonestly marketed by companies offering mouth service to noble initiatives, as the produce itself meets cursory organic standards whilst actually being cultivated in the accessible plains, from which the much touted, remote hill villages, receive no real benefit.

Our team

Gandharva Gopal Joshi

Gandharva Gopal Joshi

Founder

Tribhuwan Joshi

Economic Advisor

Tribhuwan’s life is an example of devotion and total service. He is an Economic Advisor to Himalayan Made in its pursuit to building a Socio-economic model for the Himalayan region for sustainable development and growth; his focus is to optimally utilize the local resources to creating a healthy production and consumption chain resulting to reversing the migration.

Bhuwan Joshi

Bhuwan Joshi

Mentor

Harish Rawat

Harish Rawat

Operation Manager

Our Core Principles

Our label has been created as a means to support remote farmers sustain and develop their cultivation of ancestral seeds and heirloom foods specific to the ecology of the Himalayan region.

Our vision is to directly assist in the restoration and maintenance of precarious communities and ecologies, viz. our primary producers: the traditional farmers of the Himalayas, the authentic custodians of this region. Our brand is informed by a replicable, socio-economic model based on the primacy of service (anterior to short-term profits). This ethic of care goes hand in hand with the promotion of healthy, chemical-free, natural foods under threat from industrialised farming (agri-business).

We work directly with dispersed isolated mountain communities, both in restoring and innovating environmentally conscientious practices, implements and methods, whilst also discovering new uses for over-looked varieties of wild, nutrient rich, local flora, and effectively creating novel product lines in the process. These relationships are all time- and labour- intensive, and make up the foundational base or communitarian ethos of what eventually ends up on our shelves our in our catalogue.

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