Mojo Plantation

The Mojo Plantation Spice Farm is located near Galibeedu village in one of the high rainfall zones of Kodagu District, Karnataka. At 1100m altitude, we receive 3500–5000mm (200 inches) of rain annually, most of it between June and September. The plantation is densely forested with native trees and has several small streams. While this environment places limitations on the types and quantities of crops we can grow, it creates its own unique flavors which are reflected in the excellent quality of our organic produce. Our main crops are cardamom, coffee, black pepper, vanilla, cinnamon, kokam and minor ones are ginger, turmeric, allspice, fruits and vegetables which get consumed by the guesthouse.

Why Organic?

Conventional agriculture, with its accompanying toxic agri-chemicals has devastated major landscapes across the planet and destroyed the health of its inhabitants, including us. Experts from across the world are calling for a paradigm shift in the way we do agriculture to a more sustainable ‘agro-ecology’ which is what we have been practicing here for over 20 years.

We welcome and encourage all forms of organic farming whether it be revival of traditional practices (such as panchkavya, jeevamruth), biodynamic farming, permaculture or natural farming; they all result in sustaining alive and healthy soils which are the foundation of a strong agri-ecosystem.

Animal husbandry is an integral part of the complete cycle of sustainable farming. They convert all our green waste into valuable dung which feeds the plants. This dung is broken down in our biogas plant by anaerobic bacteria, releasing methane gas (which is used for cooking) and a very fertile compost which is applied to the soil — wonderful for the crops.

We have endeavored to develop this plantation along the principles by which Nature maintains a balanced environment. Our aim has been to combine time-tested traditional practices and modern scientific approaches. The methods we follow are based upon:

  1. Maintaining a forest-like canopy above, a dense ground cover of weeds between the crops, and dense mulching helps to conserve fragile top soil.
  2. Incorporation of fallow spaces and tanks/ponds within the cultivated areas allows creation of habitats that promote populations of a wide range predatory species which keep the pest populations under control.
  3. Multiple cropping of diverse species helps prevent buildup of pest populations.
  4. Recycling all forms of organic wastes generated on the farm through use of bacterial cultures such as EM.
  5. Maintenance of nurseries for all crops. The location is changed every year to avoid pathogens from developing.