Saladbaba does it all; From organic farming to becoming a millionaire and philanthropist

Saladbaba does it all; From organic farming to becoming a millionaire and philanthropist

Millionaire Janardan Khorate wasn’t born with the riches. He and his family lived a mediocre life in Goa. Every day, Janardan had to see his father struggle for basic needs, and soon, Janardan started working as a helping hand to his father. Over the years, he realised the value of education and how it can benefit him and his parents to live a life above the substandard. He set out to complete his graduation in economics and MBA and diploma in exports/imports studies.

While Janardan was a teenager, in other parts of Goa, a couple from London was preparing to set up their business: Ambrosia Organic Farm. One day, destiny crossed Janardan’s path with David Gower and his wife. David was impressed to see a young boy work so hard to provide a better life for his parents. After working with Khorate for several years at the farm, in 2008, David gave the reins of the Ambrosia Organic Farm to Janardan.

Janardan built a rising empire out of Ambrosia Organic Farm and took it to new heights of success in India and internationally. Khorate’s vision for Ambrosia was far-sighted, and with his strategies and proper execution of plans, he achieved his goals and unlocked numerous achievements for Ambrosia and himself:

  • Recognised by Times of India as Iconic Organic food of the year consecutively for 3 years (2019, 2020, 2021)
  • Awarded India’s first organic fitness food manufacturer (2019)
  • Felicitated as the world’s first fruit-flavoured peanut butter manufacturer (2108)
  • 2017’s Rising brand of Asia
  • Awarded as India’s youngest organic farmer in 2015, and
  • Recognised as India’s first rice cake manufacturer (2015)

Janardan Khorate, famously known as Saladbaba, is now a millionaire and has announced retirement at the age of 32. Now he plans to travel, consult businesses, and focus on his philanthropy projects, i.e., to provide free education to the children of farmers and help registered farmers by providing free seeds and compost. “Every year more and more farmers connect with us. After the lockdown, the numbers increased by more than 300%. So far, I have successfully connected more than 4,000 organic farmers across India; from Tamil Nadu to Himachal Pradesh”, says Saladbaba.

From Ambrosia Organic Farm, 20% of its profits go towards the education of farmers’ children. Saladbaba administers two schools at the Maharashtra-Goa border where children receive free education and resources. Khorate adds, “Every farmer’s child who is poor and can’t afford school fees will obtain free education from the Saladbaba team.

Alekh Kumar

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