‘Eco-friendly’, ‘go green’ ‘being kind to nature’ are words that we hear often. But how many of us are really serious about being considerate towards Mother Nature? While these words and phrases have mostly remained mere buzz words for many, there are a select few among us who are passionate enough to go that extra mile to be really eco-friendly.

Mysore-based Chida Shivanna is one such intensely passionate person who is not only considerate towards the environment, but also made sure he builds a sustainable enterprise as well.

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Image courtesy: Oxygen Acres

Being an engineer by profession, he worked at various technology firms in the United States until 2002. However, he always dreamed of creating an organic farm in his home town. This dream eventually was realised in the form of ‘Oxygen Acres’ – a vast green farm that produces organic milk and milk products from pure and hygienically bred cows.

Located in a village called Aregowdana Halli on the outskirts of Mysore, the Oxygen Acres farm has today become well known among people who seek organic food products not just in Mysore, but across the country as well. Talking about the progress and popularity of his farm, Chida Shivanna says, “When we first thought of coming up with a place like this, our idea was only to cater to our family and a few close friends. But with time, the word of mouth spread, and many who heard about our milk products began asking for larger supply and thus our business began witnessing progress.”

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Image courtesy: Oxygen Acres

However, Shivanna believes in having a few customers and maintain certain quality standards for the products produced, instead of having too many customers which would make maintenance difficult for him and his employees. He states, “We initially started with 4 cows in the farm and we have 40 cows today. But since a year and a half now, we haven’t bought any more cows since we want to concentrate on maintaining the health and hygiene of our place and the cows. We are happy with what we do.”

What makes Oxygen Acres different?

While there are many organic farms and milk producers across the country, Oxygen Acres stands out due to its immense focus on preserving freshness and hygiene. Shivanna says “Freshness is our key focus. The milk we sell is untouched by human hands. Our cows are milked by milking machines, and the milk is stored and delivered in reusable hygienic food grade containers. Our cows are fed the way our ancestors fed them, and when they become sick, our doctors avoid giving them antibiotics. In case if it is necessary to give antibiotics, the milk of that particular cow is not delivered to our customers or used to make milk products for a duration of 14 days after medication.”

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Chida Shivanna  oxygen acres

The morning milk is delivered to customers within an hour of milking to ensure freshness. Hence, milk from Oxygen Acres is delivered only to customers in Mysore city, while other value added products such as cheese and paneer are available to people elsewhere. “We do a honest business by providing thick pure milk free of water adulteration and by delivering them in reusable containers, we save a lot of plastic waste too,” says Shivanna.

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Oxygen Acres is also known for producing the best quality of cheese products in south Karnataka. The credit for this goes to Shivanna’s effort to pursue courses in cheese making at universities in the US and gaining the technical knowhow.

What’s more, those who wish to see the place can also take a tour around the Oxygen Acres farm. This helps visitors to understand the process of cheese making, get hands-on experience of the process, taste some delicious cheese samples, take a look at the hygienic cowshed and walk around the lush green field and breathe in some fresh air!

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Ask the brain behind this beautiful place as to how he feels about establishing a place that’s not just eco-friendly, but is also catering to those who love going organic. Being a modest person, Shivanna simply says, “It’s a good feeling; many of my friends in the US are so happy about what I do and it inspires them to do something similar and go organic.”

Text – Ambika Nagaraj
Pics – Ambika Nagaraj, Oxygen Acres
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http://www.oxygenacres.com/

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AmbikaNagaraj
Ambika Nagaraj is a 'typical Mysorean' residing in Bangalore. Born and brought up in the beautiful city of Mysore, she has been working in the Garden City since two years now. She took to writing since 2004 when she joined the University of Mysore as a Master’s student of Journalism, and has continued to do for a living ever since. In her five years of experience in journalism, Ambika has reported, written, managed, co-edited and also supervised layout designs for the companies that she has worked with. She is quite jovial person to work with. She does not consider writing as a 'job' since it's her passion. She always come up with an enthusiastic 'Yes!' filled with excitement, every time someone asks her to write something!
  • Venkatnag

    After reading the article i feel like visiting the place… thanks for helping us know about people like Chida and such unique places…

    • Caleidoscope

      Hey thanks Venkat. Please check their web to take appointment. Cheers

  • Namitha

    The article is extremly informative..will definately visit this place sometime soon.

    • Caleidoscope

      Thanks Namitha, You have to take appointment to visit Oxygen Acres. please visit their website for more info.

  • Girish

    The guy needs all the support for doing his bit for conservation.

    • Caleidoscope

      Hi Girish, agreed we all should support his effort.

  • Kevin Mendonsa

    Go Green, good effort! great eye opener for all.

    • Caleidoscope

      Thanks Kevin.

  • Karthik

    Never thought any individual would make such a genuine effort towards nature. Kudos !!

    • Caleidoscope

      Thanks Karthik, hope to see you back on caleidoscope.

  • sneha mr

    Had heard about this,but your article gave me detail info about oxygen acres … would love to visit after reading our article.!

    • Caleidoscope

      Hi Sneha, please do visit and write back to us.

  • Swaroop

    Hi,

    The article is very informative. This has made me to think to start similar farm in my native.

    Thanks for bringing this hidden Eco-entrepreneurs to lime-light.

    • Caleidoscope

      Way to go Swaroop, hope to see your farm soon.

  • hey! wonderful article! very helpful for small scale entrepreneurs…

    • Caleidoscope

      Thanks Sneha…

  • Sanchita

    Great ideas! A very informative article and a great initiative taken up…

    • Caleidoscope

      Thanks Sanchita…

  • Ambika

    Thanku all. Do visit the place once and I’m sure u will all be pleased. It is good to know and meet people like Chida.

  • Rajeev

    Hi Ambika,
    Thanks for such an informative article. Please let people know where the farm is located exactly

  • Harshal

    Good concept!!
    In Germany/Europe its famous concept as a Bio-Products.
    Really difficult to get Pure without chemical milk in India.
    I am going to start small plant in Maharashtra India, but will not start directly from Cows. First start to collect Pure milk from farmers & directly send to customer in pouch after chilling with different channels.
    Be in touch. If I need some help then will contact you.