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THE BASICS



Each mini-farm is divided into 12 beds, and you can grow a different vegetable in each of them, if you so wish.
Loam soil is considered as the best soil for agricultural purpose. The reason that loam soil is suitable for growing plants is because its texture has a combination of soil particles. The soil particles are sandy loams, silty loams, loamy sand and clay loams.
It’s Simple. Just install the app and follow the instructions.
1. Install the app
2. Choose a community farm near you - the list is sorted based on your current location and shows driving distance to the farms.
3. Book a plot.
4. Choose a starter plan with the veggies you want to grow.
5. Pay for a month’s subscription.
Organic farmers manage crop nutrients through a crop rotation that includes cover crops and the application of plant and animal organic matter, generally in the form of compose.
Once you pay for your mini-farm, farmers will start preparing your plot with the vegetables you would like. In case you have not made any modifications to the starter plans, you may be allocated a mini-farm which already has those vegetables growing in various stages of their lifecycle. When your harvest is ready we will inform you, then you can visit the farm to pick it up yourself - or let us deliver your produce right at your doorstep.
Everything that you need! It includes use of your ear-marked plot for growing, all seeds, saplings, fertilizers, pest control mechanisms, labor, water, utilities, use of tools and implements needed for farming, support for up to 8 farm visits every month, and weekly deliveries of your harvest at your doorstep. You will also have access to the grower community in your farm, updates on the app, and content created specifically to get you to learn farming in a fun, entertaining way. In addition, you would also be invited to participate in regular workshops and events hosted by Soil and Farmer.
The size of the mini-farm may vary based on the partner farm that you choose and is mentioned in the farm listing in the app - but the most common size supported by our current partner farmers is 600 square feet
Organic farm systems protect crop damage by various insect pests primarily through the use of biological and cultural practices such as crop rotation; diversification; habitat management; beneficial organism releases; sanitation; and timing.
Yes indeed. Industrial agriculture has been degrading soil quality the world over. Our approach of multi-cropping along with natural farming techniques, are extremely beneficial to preserving and rejuvenating the soil.
You will learn everything about farming for vegetables by using the app regularly or by visiting the farm and interacting with the farmers. You will get to know how each crop is grown, what can be done when an adverse event like a pest attack happens, how to rotate your crops, and so much more! Everything that happens during the growing cycle of each of your crops is available in the app, and it can be fun re-living how the carrots you ate today, actually made the journey from a seed to something edible. Our customers tell us that the Soil and Farmer experience has turned out to be a valuable educational experience, especially for kids in the family.
Yes, all your crops will be grown organically with no chemical inputs. We also follow natural farming techniques like mulching, planting pest repellant plants etc - in order to make sure that the food that you grow is natural and wholesome.

GROWING



In the app go to the My Plot section, and click on any of the beds. Then click on the Replace button - you will see a recommended list of vegetables that you can choose. You can choose one of the recommended vegetables for best results, or choose any other vegetables that show up in the list.
You should click on the empty bed and choose a vegetable from the list that appears. Choose from the recommended ones for best results. If a bed becomes empty owing to a harvest, and you do not take any action for 48 hours, the farmer will be automatically instructed by our system to plant a default vegetable into that bed.
You should click on the empty bed and choose a vegetable from the list that appears. Choose from the recommended ones for best results. If a bed becomes empty owing to a harvest, and you do not take any action for 48 hours, the farmer will be automatically instructed by our system to plant a default vegetable into that bed.
Once you choose a new vegetable to be planted in a bed in your mini-farm, the bed enters into a work-in-progress stage and the farmer will implement your changes in the next 48 hours. You will be notified through the app when your changes have been implemented.
Once you choose a new vegetable to be planted in a bed in your mini-farm, the bed enters into a work-in-progress stage and the farmer will implement your changes in the next 48 hours. You will be notified through the app when your changes have been implemented.
You can handle raw manure and other animal and plant material in such a way that prevents water, soil and crop contamination. In order to be applied without a days-to-harvest restriction, manure must be properly composted.
We allow up to a maximum of 12 changes to your growing plan every month - much more than what you would need. Please be careful when you make these changes. Overdoing it may cause unnecessary wastage and prolong the time needed to get you your next harvest.
The numbers of vegetables that depends on the specific region of India you are in and the season. The app updates this list dynamically for you to choose from, so you don’t need to worry about whether you are making the right growing choices.
Weed management on organic farms have cultural and mechanical techniques such as the rotation of crops that suppress weeds, mulching, tillage, cultivation, water management, and manual weeding. Weeds often help to conserve soil, improve organic matter, and provide beneficial habitat for natural enemies on organic farms. Insects and diseases can help to keep certain weed populations in check.

DELIVERY



You can change your delivery address by going to the Account tab in the app. Please note that we will only be able to change your delivery address to pin codes service-able by our delivery service.
You can change your delivery address by going to the Account tab in the app. Please note that we will only be able to change your delivery address to pin codes service-able by our delivery service.
Yes - please set the “Pause my deliveries” option in Account->Delivery Settings if you are away on vacation. Remember to switch the option off when you are back in town! If, while attempting to deliver your produce to you, we learn you are out of town, we will automatically set this option for you, and notify you - you will need to switch it off when you are back in town.

VISITING THE FARM



Absolutely! We highly encourage you to visit the farm - it’s an essential part of the Soil and Farmer experience. Just make sure you schedule a farm visit through the app - you can do it from the My Plots section. This will allow us to make sure someone can assist you during your visit.
You can schedule up to 6 farm visits every month via the app. But if you go over limit and are really keen to visit, we are here to help! Just drop our support team a note, and we will handle it as an exception.

BILLING



Soil and Farmer operates on a pre-paid monthly subscription model. If your first payment was on 5th of March, your next payment due date will be 5th of April. In order to continue to receive Soil and Farmer services, you need to ensure your total subscription dues are paid up on or before the payment due date for each subscription period. You will find your payment due date in the Home section of the app. We are working on enabling an automatic recurring payment, but till we have that in place, you would need to remember to pay on or before the due date.
You can pay via a number of mechanisms supported by our online payment gateway partners - debit cards, credit cards, net banking, wallets and UPI. Don’t worry - it’s all safe and secure.
Please avoid this. When you miss the due date for payment, your mini-farm is released into a pool for allocating to new customers. If the mini-farm gets allocated to someone else, and you pay up your late dues at that point of time, you may have to be allocated a new plot - where you may have to start from scratch again.
You can cancel your subscription anytime by going to Accounts->Billing section in the app, or by sending us an email at support@farmizen.com. Your services will continue till the end of your current paid-up billing cycle.
There is no way currently to cancel your subscription. If you cancel your subscription, your mini-farm may be allocated to another customer, and you will have to start a growing plan afresh if you subscribe again.
Once your subscription has expired, your mini-farm is released for other consumers to book. If you are planning to cancel your subscription, you should drop in and harvest whatever you want from your mini-farm before your subscription expires. Once the mini-farm is released, and is booked by another customer, it's their prerogative on what they want to do with any existing plants which are growing in their mini-farm.

OTHERS



We are moving fast and will get to all the major cities in India soon. Please sign up for our waitlist to get notified when we launch in your city.
You can book more than one mini-farm! Many customers end up taking a subscription to more than one mini-farm because they have larger families and want more produce. Note that the billing periods for each mini-farm will be based on the date on which that specific mini-farm was booked.
Please send an email to support@farmizen.com with a screenshot of the problematic conversation, and we will take it up from there.
Please send us an email to support@farmizen.com with your feedback about the farmer, and we will take it from there. We are working on a review and rating mechanism within the app as well.

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