The Team

Kapil Mandawewala

Kapil Mandawewala

Founder, CEO

Kapil studied Management of Information Systems & Finance from the University of Texas at Austin (1999-2003). He then worked for Deloitte Consulting in San Francisco as a Senior Consultant for five years. After many years in the United States, first studying Management of Information Systems and Finance and then working at Deloitte Consulting as a senior consultant, in 2008, Kapil relocated to Gujarat to start organic farming at his 22-acre farmland. During the next five years, he established a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) system through which residents could buy local, seasonal, and fresh produce directly from the farm. He then founded Edible Routes in 2015 with the aim to help more and more people grow their own food. Kapil has trained with Bhaskar Save in 2011, and in greenhouse cultivation from the Horticulture Training Centre in Talegaon, Maharashtra in 2012. Between 2012 and 2014, Kapil participated in the Shod Yatras in Mizoram, Manipur and Punjab with Prof. Anil Gupta, IIM Ahmedabad. He obtained his Permaculture Design Certificate in 2014 after training with Rico Zook. He has created more than 500 edible gardens and manages 15 farms in and around Delhi with his team.

Nabanita “Julie” Bajaj

Nabanita “Julie” Bajaj

Nabanita or as she is fondly known ‘Julie’ has been passionate about gardening since childhood. From a family of avid kitchen gardeners, she grew up watching her Permaculturist father in action. A firm believer of bringing people together through gardening she oversees many things at Edible Routes including supervising kitchen garden operations, the planting division,workshops and farmlet management. She received her Permaculture Design certificate from Narssana Koppula, the pioneer of Indian Permaculture in November 2016 and her Advanced Permaculture Design Skills, Mapping to Scale and Landscape Graphics from Raya Cole in December, 2017. She was invited as a resource person to train women self help group in Majuli island, assam and by the Northeast Rural Livelihood Project (NERLP) to train hill farmers in Nagaland in 2017.

Fazal Rashid

Fazal Rashid

Fazal Rashid studied History in college in Maine, US. Back in India, he then worked in publishing at Penguin Random House as an Assistant Editor for two years before joining Edible Routes. He also performs DastanGoi (Urdu story telling) when he is not gardening.

Saumya Chandhok

Saumya Chandhok

Saumya, a student of IGNOU is an ever resourceful and one of the most dedicated members of Edible Routes. He is an amateur rock climber and riverside backpacker. Saumya enjoys attending environmental forums, exploring the by-lanes of Chawri bazaar looking for sustainable packaging material, and selling organic products!

Nancy Bajaj

Nancy Bajaj

Nancy works hard at helping people grow their own food and in the process, is trying to change the one-sided perceptions and assumptions about alternative lifestyles society desperately clings on to. At Edible Routes she found her passions perfectly align and more. When Nancy is not farming, she is a yogi in training.

Puran Negi

Puran Negi

Puran is the man we all have come to rely on. From Rudraprayag, Uttrakhand, Puranji handles the logistics and transportation at Edible Routes and also takes charge of setting up kitchen gardens, farms, irrigation systems and what not!

Ruchi Budhiraja Warikoo

Ruchi Budhiraja Warikoo

Ruchi’s humdrum corporate life was not working out. Realising that the corporate rat race was not her cuppa, she took a sabbatical to spend time doing things she liked. She was Edible Routes’ first volunteer, working with them on and off for 2 years before finally taking charge of Sales and Marketing. Ruchi loves to work out, eat healthy, cook healthy, travel and mother her two kids.

Pallavi Goswami

Pallavi Goswami

Pallavi juggles her time between managing ER’s farmlets and her two boisterous twins. She is also a fitness buff, a former national badminton player, a yoga enthusiast and avid runner. Pallavi dreams of owning a farm in the hills someday, and working closely with the local community to grow food sustainably.

Somil Daga

Somil Daga

Somil is an engineer by profession but his heart lies in nature leading him to Aranya Agricultural Alternative's farm. He learnt natural farming while volunteering at the International Permaculture Convention (IPC). Somil is passionate about native dry land ecology and land regeneration.

Deeksha Chopra Bhatia

Deeksha Chopra Bhatia

Deeksha is passionate about creating solutions that build up healthy environments. With a strong background in environmental management and understanding of the ecological challenges in the urban environment, at Edible Routes she looks forward to design ecological models for global communities.

Naveen Kumar Singh

Naveen Kumar Singh

Naveen is a foodie and likes to stay fit and his love for healthy food led him to Edible Routes. He wanted to know more about the food he eats, how it grows and where it comes from. At Edible Routes he is the admin backbone, helping develop more green spaces to support both the environment and the city he loves.

Inder Bikal

Inder Bikal

Inder, concerned learning about the hazards of harmful chemicals in food found his way to Edible Routes to learn about organic ways of farming and to be part of a friendly and supportive community. He joined the ER family in September 2018 as a member of the admin department.

Jitender Rana

Jitender Rana

Jitender is a mechanical engineer and loves mathematics, over the years he has also grown over 2500 trees such as mango,guava and semal in his village near Saharanpur. At Edible Routes he gets to stay connected with nature by maintaining and managing the farmlets at the Aali Farm.

Sakib Khan

Sakib Khan

Sakib defies easy definition. He deeply embodies the spirit of independent, free, self-designed learning. Currently, Sakib is focusing on University of the Street in which he facilitates learning journeys and adventures for other street kids like himself. He also works for Edible Routes, making kitchen gardens, conducting workshops, and doing natural construction.

Sonu

Sonu

Sonu, one the youngest members of Edible Routes can be found quietly and carefully sowing carrots in a straight line at one of the farmlets. A lover of sports as much as the outdoors, Sonu likes to spend his free time writing stories. He is currently completing his 12​th​ from the NIOS.

Nishant Dangayach

Nishant Dangayach

Nishant is our Jaipur office lead, resposible for Kitchen Garders in Jaipur and organizing workshops for Edible Routes in Jaipur. He can be reached on +919828799991. He worked in his family business of textile export for 5 years until he realized his passion and love for farming. He is a stern believer in the power of organic farming and hence helped ER start an office in Jaipur.