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Saaraketha is a catalyst that empowers rural small holder farmers to embrace sustainable methods of production. Our faith in sustainable growth; that man and nature can co-exist in harmony, fuels our passion to empower the local farming communities by transferring knowledge, entrepreneurship and facilitating access to technology to bring about dignity to the vocation of farming.


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Haputale farmers join the Saaraketha Organics fold

Saaraketha Organics welcomed its newest cluster of certified organic farmers this time from the cool hills of Haputale, expanding their product range to meet the growing demand for fresh organic food. 

'We are excited to be adding these new farmers not just because they add value to our product line up but because each of these farmers comes with a vast experience of over 20 years in traditional organic farming.'Prasanna Hettiarachchi CEO of Saaraketha explained. 'Being certified is just another step to help them get a better price and bring this great range to our customers.'

20 farmers with cultivations across 20 acres from Haputale will be certified as part of this expansion that will add high grown varieties of carrots, leeks, cabbage, potato, pumpkin, capsicum and even a delectable selection of fruits to the Saaraketha Home Delivery box. 

'We have had the privilege of running the only online organic store (www.saaraketha.com/shop) in Sri Lanka for the last 5 years. Our range now includes over 80 varieties of local fruits and vegetables, free range eggs, heirloom rice, fresh organic spices and a great collection of yams, greens and herbs. But we want to do more than just offer products. We want to share best practices, we want to inform, edutain and help each customer experience the true virtues of organic food and sustainable living' says Prasanna. 




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Haputale farmers join the Saaraketha Organics fold
Saaraketha Organics welcomed its newest cluster of certified organic farmers this time from the cool hills of Haputale, expanding their product range to meet the growing demand for fresh organic food.  'We are excited to be adding these new farmers not just because they add v... 08-09-2014
 
AOD students take on the Saaraketha design challenge on sustainable packaging
'Lightweight, recyclable, reusable, minimalistic, innovative, inspiring!' These were just some of the words graphic design students of the AOD International Design Campus were dabbling with for the last 6 months. Their quest was to produce sustainable packaging choices that would tran... 11-07-2014
 
Why your food may be naturally confusing you.
At an exhibition featuring local and regional food manufacturers we did our rounds to discover a confusing medley of vendors, producers and distributors touting everything from Organic, to Natural to Sustainably Produced. Some confused organic with natural in whi... 15-03-2014
 
Here's a Be(et) you cannot miss this year!
And so another year has begun - it's been quiet on the frontlines but we've been busy as bees at the backend this month and we hope you like the results.  Saaraketha Organics is excited to have a new look, a growing range of new products and new friends who believe in what we do.... 19-01-2014
 
Heirloom Rice Pancakes Anyone? - by Romayne
Red rice isn't really on everyone's favourite lunch menu - especially the kind that takes a while to cook like the traditional varieties of Saaraketha’s organic heirloom rice, although that's what makes them so much more nutritious than the glutinous starch we swallow for lunch ... 25-10-2013
 
It?s Tomato week at Saaraketha ? Are you ready?
Sometimes the most obvious item in your kitchen is the hardest to see ? the little tomato is one such conflicted fruit which occasionally thinks it?s a vegetable. Scientifically the tomato is a true fruit but thanks to being so popular in the kitchen most people, especially cooks classify it as a... 01-09-2013
 
The Spicy Sweet Smell of Ceylon Cinnamon is back!
Once upon a time, cinnamon was more valuable than gold that wars were fought over it, poems written about it and a great fuss made over its origins. The potential health benefits of Ceylon cinnamon is nothing short of magical. Now after a recent study  by the University of Mississippi in the... 09-08-2013
 
Milky Goodness in my Saaraketha Box - written by Elizabeth
When my Saaraketha box comes, it is filled with the colors of the rainbow – red tomatoes, orange carrots, yellow lemons, green cucumbers, purple brinjals, and many more. I feel good knowing that this provides a wide variety of nutrients every week.       ... 13-06-2013
 
Saaraketha makes new friends at the Good Market!!
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Slo-Lanka Slow Food Taste Workshop at the Good Market
Slow Food Colombo presented “SLO-LANKA”, a collaboration between Sri Lanka, Slovenia and Slow Food at The Good Market last Thursday 24th Jan 2013. Tatjana Butul who is the Slow Food Convivium Leader from Slovenia was also present, where he taught the participants how to make ... 28-01-2013
 
Saaraketha partners with Chitra Lane School for the Special Child & Children's Resource Centre
              Taking another step forward, Saaraketha joined hands with Chitra Lane School for Special Children, in a bid to support their Sheltered Workshop. The Chitra Lane Sheltered Workshop provides a caring environ... 27-01-2013
 
Speech by Prasanna Hettiarachchi President of Slow Food Colombo at the International Congress of Slow Food in Turin, Italy on the 28th of October 2012
“Revival of authentic heirloom rice varieties by strengthening the triangle of life.”     Ayubowan! Background I am humbled by the opportunity to address the International congress; having listened to the many stories from so many other colleagues at... 11-01-2013
 
The first ever Good Market... A success!
The first ever Good Market was successfully held on Thursday (06th December) at "Diyatha Uyana" (Boardwalk) in Battaramulla which attracted large numbers of visitors. This weekly event willl continue to promote sustainable production and consumption while creating a platform for ent... 07-12-2012
 
Prasanna Hettiarachchi of Saaraketha endorses The Good Market
Prasanna Hettiarachchi is the founder/Chairman of Saaraketha, an agricultural enterprise that empowers rural small holder farmers to embrace sustainable methods of production. Saaraketha is one of the key vendors at The Good Market. Here’s what he had to say about the initiative… ... 29-11-2012
 
Saaraketha to showcase products at The Good Market
The Good Market is an event that promote sustainable production and consumption, a gathering of farmers, producer groups and social enterprises from all corners of Sri Lanka, showcasing their products that are good for our health, our communities, and our environment. The first Good Market is... 29-11-2012
 
President of Slow Food Sri Lanka address the 6th International Congress at the Salone del Gusto / Terra Madre
6th Slow Food International Congress held during the Salone del Gusto / Terra Madre 2012, was an event that allowed Congress Leaders (Leaders of Slow Food Conviviums) to address the audience who represented the whole Slow Food International network, and allowed them to share ideas and thoughts wh... 22-11-2012
 
Saaraketha Heirloom Rice, Spices and Millets @ the Bio Diversity Area - Salone del Gusto / Terra Madre 2012
                            Click here for images of the Bio Diversity Area - Salone del Gusto / Terra Madre 2012, Turin, Italy. ... 28-11-2012
 
Saaraketha @ Salone del Gusto / Terra Madre 2012 (Turin, Italy)
Salone del Gusto / Terra Madre was held from the 25th - 29th in Turin, Italy with the participation of producers, chefs, food artisans and presenters. Saaraketha together with Slow Food Sri Lanka were the joint coordinators of the Sri Lankan delegation which consisted of hoteliers, ... 12-11-2012
 
Case Study on Saaraketha by the University of Queensland, Australia
A research team representing the University of Queensland is currently in Sri Lanka, conducting a case study on the journey of Saaraketha; challenges faced, possible solutions and lessons learned. This team consists of individuals with highly dynamic personalities with a passion for studying busi... 27-09-2012
 
Saaraketha presents 'Saraii Village'...
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Organic Veggie Poya Buffet
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Artichoke Festival
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Saaraketha Home Delivery Service...
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Saaraketha at Fruit Logistica 2012
Our marketing team participated in Fruit Logistica 2012 which was held from the 08th – 10th February in Berlin, Germany. Fruit Logistica is the world’s leading trade fair for the Fresh Fruits & Vegetables Business. More than 2,400 companies from across the entire fresh pr... 21-02-2012
 
Global Knowledge Partnerships
If we value the pursuit of knowledge, we must be free to follow wherever that search may lead us. The free mind is not a barking dog, to be tethered on a ten-foot chain. -Adlai E. Stevenson Jr. (1900 - 1965), Speech at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, October 8, 1952   S... 20-12-2011
 
Saaraketha as the Official Food Designer at Sri Lanka Design Festival 2011
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Digitization of the rural landscape of "80 Yaya" (the block 80) - Video
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Transforming Rural Lives and Landscapes - Video
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Bridging the Rural Divide through Empowerment
“We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.”  Franklin D. Roosevelt With the unstinted support of the Fulbright Commission, British Council and the American Center, Saaraketha has been able to work with school teachers and yout... 25-07-2010
 
Wholesome Meals Using Organic Produce for Saaraketha Employees
The employees of Saaraketha are the first to benefit from the wholesome, natural organic produce of the Saaraketha plantation. Vegetables, fruits, yams, greens and herbs are sourced from the farm daily by the cook who prepares meals for the plantation staff at the demonstration kitchen and pavili... 20-04-2010
 
Three Pronged Mapping Exercise: Spatial, Social and Agro-biodiversity Survey Carried Out
At Saaraketha we aim to couple the benefits of modern technology with the wisdom of traditional agriculture to bring about maximum productivity from land and resources. Currently the main focus at the farm is on a mapping survey using Geographic Information System (GIS) techonology where spatial,... 16-04-2010
 
"Passage to India" - Slow Foods September 2009
Once again the Slow Foods Colombo hosted a gala event themed the "Passage to India" on the 25th of September at Tropical Hut, Paradise Beach, Mount Lavinia. The Indian menu was prepared by Chef Ranga of the Mount Lavinia Hotel; a very young but excellent chef that offered all guests... 06-10-2009
 
Slow Food Colombo Presents the "Cuban Style Family Dinner"
The Sri Lankan Slow Food movement was started in June of 2009 with Chef Leo, Ramya Jeerasinghe, Prasanna Hettiarachchi and Charitha Abeyratne of Saaraketha getting together to register the “Slow Food Colombo” convivium. Since the inception Slow Food Colombo along with the Mount La... 02-09-2009
 
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