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Health is the wholeness and integrity of living systems. In a time when humans are taking away the goodness of nature, we strive to turn the wheel full circle by preserving it. Founded on the belief that nature need not lose out in our quest for advancement, Tona Organic Farm strives to support a wholesome life print. We do our bit for Mother Nature and by making just one right change in life, so can everyone else.

This one farm in India, since its inception in 1999, is evolving itself everyday through continuous research and innovation so that sustainable farming practice can be adopted easily by the farmers, and the end products, food can be safe and right for healthy living for everyone.

Over the years, Tona Organic Farm

  • enjoys the credit of setting up India’s only end‐to‐end integrated organic farming village

  • specialised in integrated organic farming, aquaponics, hydroponics, vertical farming, animal rearing and 100% bio-waste recycling to create a sustainable eco-system

  • one of the top 28 innovative organisations in the world in the domain of animal husbandry

  • trains to empower youth in sustainable farming methods, product value creation, marketing and sales, brand building and supply chain management techniques

  • created the biggest field laboratory of natural farming in the state and encourages hundreds of FPC and farmers communities to move along the path of sustainable agriculture

The difference between organic products and non-organic products (conventional) has to do with how they are produced. As for organic foods, reduced pesticide use eliminates poison from the environment that kill helpful insects, such as honeybees, while reduced fertiliser use prevents polluted runoff that can poison rivers and oceans.

Tona Organic Products are perhaps even better than the other popular organic brands as those are produced with these 3 fundamental principles – (1) Farming for Safe Food, (2) Processing for Right Nutrition, (3) Supply Chain for Healthy Living.

Tona Organic Farm believes, Food is a right for our living and it must be right for our healthy living.

We have three modes of shopping option to offer – (1) Visit to any of our 8 outlets in Kolkata (Laketown, Newtown, Mandirtala, Salt Lake CC Block Post Office, Yogayog Bhawan Post Office, GPO BBD Bag, Bhawanipore Post Office, and Sarat Bose Road Post Office, (2) Shop Online for Farm to Home Delivery on next business day, (3) Doorstep Shopping through which you can ask us to send our EV Mobile Shop to your campus following a weekly schedule.

Additionally we have many franchise team selling Tona Organic Food products. Please check our Partner section.

Hospitality

Are you questioning the food you consume day after day? Generally we don’t. Rather, unquestionably we push them to our body and expect our body internal will deal with it. But many a times, unfortunately due to wrong unethical means of food adulteration, poisonous cultivation our body suffers. “Know Your Food” could be one important agenda for everyone, where you question food before you accept it.

The primary reason for visiting Tona Organic Farm could be to know your food. It’s production and processing for healthy living that can be adopted easily at home. You can learn a bit of vertical farming, waste management, hydroponics, and get a feel of real organic farming and food processing. Of course, there are more reasons, but we leave it to our visitors, as they said, ‘seeing is believing’.

The farm is just 20 km away from the Kolkata Airport, and is a perfect leisure resort for nature admirers. 

A day’s out in a group of 5 or even a group of 50 people can enjoy the farm-life and great food straight from the organic farm kitchen.

Those who don’t want to limit their experience by clock time, can have a unforgettable experience of farm-living with the habitats through our farmstay package.

We can leave our farm kitchen to a group if you want to enjoy your day by cooking in group and celebrating the meal.

Our farm is of course open to visitors who just want to spend sometime and buy all fresh products straight from the field.

We love animals, the farm is the homeland for every creatures local to this part of the planet. We would be happy if you bring your pets too.

It could be nice to spend sometime with the villagers at their home if you start moving on. They will greet you. You will enjoy the simplicity of living in harmony. The vast greeneries over the fields, waterbodies, fruit gardens, small scale organic farm at many households are all for your eyes only.

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At the first place, label helps to identify whether the product is organic or not, because India and many other countrise have accrediated institutions under government function to certify organic products. An organic seal should assure consumers of the quality and integrity of organic products. Having said this, in India there are many region which still offer by default organic and natural field produce and farmers in their small capacity cannot extend themselves further for certification. The real test of organic food could be on its natural and superior taste, which your toungue can distinguish first and then your body can certify if you move to wholesome organic food experience for sometime.

Organic food doesn’t always cost more. Some items may cost the same or even less than their conventional counterparts. As the demand for organic products increases, the cost will come down. Also, organic farmers do not receive any subsidies like conventional farmers get on fertilisers. The price of organic food is the true cost of growing. Organic farming is more labor and management intensive. Organic farms are usually smaller than conventional farms and so do not benefit from the economies of scale that larger growers get.

However, as we follow integrated organic farming at Tona Organic Farm, over the years we are able to make farming self-sustaining and self-reliant means there is no input cost in terms of procurement of seeds, fertiliser, pesticide, animal feed etc. This resulted into lower cost of production and most ethical, genuine cost of products to our customers.

You can choose from our wide range of organic food product categories –

Grains, Dairy Products, Oil, Spice, Paste, Sauces, Condiments, Fruity Spread & More, Fishes From Our Ponds, Meat And Chicken, Freshly Cut Vegetables, Whole Vegetables, Fruits, Health Products, Essential Oils, Home And Garden, and Animal Feed.

We love it when you show appreciation towards what we do. That said, we’d love to hear your organic product suggestions. You can drop an email regarding the same on [email protected] and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

Consultancy

Foundation Course For All (FCFA) aims to explore natural science in an eco-system with highest possible biodiversity involving all the natural habitats there. All those six days hands-on interdisciplinary lessons are planned over three weekends, so that participants can learn and apply at their home turf. 

Urban enthusiasts can certainly set up a terrace or rooftop garden utilising their own kitchen waste. The maintenance part sometime looks quite tricky but once you understand the inner science and management you get the control in hand. The foundation course can help you to experience how to grow your own healthy food and contribute to a healthier mother earth.

Food

The nutritional quality of organic foods is much better because of emphasis on creating a natural ecosystem, soil fertility & conservation and non-use of fertilisers, pesticides and using appropriate varieties.

The specific ingredients in fruits and vegetables that account for their many health-promoting benefits increasingly points to secondary plant metabolites, many of which are antioxidants, along with levels and mixtures of vitamins, minerals, and fiber content.

Organic food tastes better as it is grown in well-balanced soil. So, healthy plants have a great taste. Try Tona Organic Food and see the difference.

High nitrogen application to plant foods can increase crude protein concentration but decrease the nutritional value of that protein. Conventional fertilising practices could possibly result in higher crude protein content but poorer quality protein than organic practices.

There is considerable evidence from controlled experiments that some organic fertilisers result in lower nitrate concentrations in plants compared to conventional fertilisation.

The ultimate test of the nutritional value of food is its ability to support health, growth, and reproduction over successive generations of animals or humans. Evidence for increased disease resistance, productivity, or fertility of animals feeding on organically grown fodder is largely anecdotal.

Organic is not just a healthy way of eating but also one, which is guilt free. When we take care of the earth, it takes care of us too. That said, organic growing methods are far gentler on the land and aim at improving sustainability.

Farming

Organic farming is one of the forms of agriculture that is practiced by taking the natural process of soil fertility for crops production in priority for healthier quality of food production. It is is aimed at cultivating the land and raising crops in such a way, as to keep the soil alive and in good health by use of organic wastes and other biological materials along with beneficial microbes to release nutrients to crops for increased sustainable production in an eco-friendly pollution free environment.

Organic farming or similar other forms of agriculture like natural farming, ecological farming, biological farming, permaculture, regenerative agriculture puts nature into priority for sustainable living.

Conventional farming fulfils the demand of industrialised food production growing the same single crop year after year on the same land. This practice, known as mono cropping causes the depletion of nutrients and minerals in the soil. In order to continue growing crops in this depleted soil, nutrients and minerals must be added back in the form of hydrocarbon based fertilisers and mined minerals such as phosphate. Monocultures and the resulting poor health open the way for infestations of insects, diseases and weeds. Healthy bio-diverse soil keeps these infestations in check. The lack of biodiversity requires synthetic pesticides and herbicides to be used, further destroying the national soil biology.

Organic farms use production practices with environmental benefits such as water management practices, no-till or minimum tillage, habitat maintenance for beneficial insects and vertebrates, and biological pest control. These ecologically protective practices contribute to enhanced ecosystem services and benefit water quality, soil health, and biodiversity.

Using biological forms of fertiliser such as compost, animal manures, and legume cover crops, builds soil organic matter, even when routine tillage is used for weed control. Building soil organic matter increases soil water retention and nurtures more active soil microbial communities that retain nitrogen in the soil longer and transform it into non-leachable gaseous forms.

Organic biological fertiliser sources release their nutrients slowly over time, providing more opportunity for the nitrogen to be digested by soil organisms and taken up by crops before leaching below the root zone. Increased soil organic matter in the soil leads to tighter nutrient cycling and greater water holding capability in organically managed soils, with the result that nitrate leaching from groundwater is about half that of conventionally farmed soils.

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