A LITTLE STORY ABOUT US

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 The Kalimpong Store celebrates the spirit of Trade from the Himalayas and endeavors to empower our local farmers and artisans. We support and encourage our locals to rewind to their authentic culture and craftsmanship. While we strive to protect the environment we promote and encourage a Zero Waste lifestyle. Our philosophy is guided along the pillars of Authenticity, Regeneration, and Harmony.
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OUR PEOPLE

 

Our people in mountains live a joyful life in peace and harmony with nature. They are skilled farmers and crafters who celebrate nature as the true God. They pray and thank all its forces that come together to create an ecosystem for their survival. Their respect towards mother nature reflects in their farming practices which are regenerative are in sync with their natural environment. Their farm and forest produce are organically grown and still hold the mystical properties of the Himalayas. 

OUR PRODUCTS

 

Our products give you access to the mountains at your doorsteps. We bring to you the finest - farm and handicraft products from our mountain farmers and artisans. Your purchase helps us support and encourage them to rewind to their authentic craftsmanship and culture. We aim to give back as much as we can to the regions of the source through various green initiatives, cooperative structures, and fair pricing.
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Frequently Asked Questions


Why chooses organic?

Because it's a need more than a choice. India and the world are facing a food crisis thanks to the systemic destruction of farmlands and food production systems over the last five decades through the uncontrolled use of fertilizers and chemical pesticides. A study by the spice board of India points out that consumption of harmful chemical pesticides is the second largest cause of death after tobacco. 

Your demand for organic food products drives farmers to grow food using traditional methods without the use of chemicals. Your purchase also makes it economically viable for them to grow organic food. So, the little premium you pay returns back to you enormously as health benefits. 

 

Why support small Businesses?

Buying from small businesses shows you care about communities and their people. Small business owners don’t have the funds to big or go home, so when you buy local you in a way support the business owners and their employees. Moreover, this shows that respect their efforts to make an honest living even against all of the competition out there. Small businesses deliver quality products to their customers and customers are their first priority, hence you can be more sure of the quality of the products. 

Why are our farming parctices better?

Our is a method of Permaculture farming which is a way of ecological farming technique that helps soil to regain and maintain its natural properties. Permaculture incorporates many methods of growing food in a forest garden (a forest replicated environment) but the major principles are. 

  1. No-tillage of the soil
  2. No use of chemical fertilizer and Pesticides
  3. Creating an ecologically regenerative space that can grow for itself. 
  4. Growing multiple crops/fruits at a time at the same place to keep the nutrients content of soil balanced.
  5. Creating a regenerative water store and working creatively with local resources. 

For ages, our farmers have been doing following these principles of farming that have kept our soil and its natural ecosystems in check. It helps the soil to revive and house tons of carbon in the form of microorganisms. This also creates a regenerative and sustainable life cycle for the surrounding environment. 

What is Zero Waste? Can one be zero waste?

Wikipedia describes Zero Waste as the conservation of all resources by means of responsible production, consumption, reuse, and recovery of all products, packaging, and materials, without burning them, and without discharges to land, water, or air that threaten the environment or human health. The goal is for no trash to be sent to landfills, incinerators, or the ocean.

Currently, only 9% of plastic is actually recycled and the rest lands up in the landfills and our oceans. On an individual level, one can do home composting of their organic waste, recycle or reuse products, and practice eco bricking. These practices can divert up to 90-95% of the trash that currently goes into landfills, incinerators, and oceans. 

We are proud to say that at The Kalimpong Store, we endure the concept of zero-waste. Our Packaging facility is a Zero Waste Center and we have a Zero Waste Concept Store in Siliguri. 

Why buy from us?

We are constantly striving to support our local farmers and artisans. We want to provide them economically sufficient life with-in their homeland. 

Your purchase will help us to support and encourage our villagers to rewind to their original craftmanship and invoke a feeling of pride towards their local culture.

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