By Hand From The Heart: One Show, Many Stories!

By Hand From The Heart is a curated makers market event in Chennai, South India. UPCOMING EVENT: 24th – 25th, AUGUST, CROWNE PLAZA, CHENNAI

Meet The Urban Farmer: Imteyaz Ali, Grow Green, Chennai

We catch up with garden enthusiast, Imteyaz Ali, Grow Green in Chennai, today on our Meet The Maker Series. He shares his experiences, gardening challenges and more…


A bit about yourself.

I am a nature lover and truly believe that our primary influence as an individual is to seek ways to improve the society and protect the quality of the natural environment, resources and eco-system.

GrowGreen is an initiative towards encouraging individuals to improve their lifestyle and health by growing their own food – it gives the experience and pleasure of eating fresh fruit and vegetables and at the same time makes you decide what kind of fertilizers and pesticides you may use or avoid for your food for a healthy and happy you and your family.

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What’s your most challenging work so far?

Chennai weather makes it difficult to grow some of the most exotic vegetables / fruits which we most commonly see growing outside India and that’s where I start experimenting my skills.


What are you bringing to By Hand, From The Heart

GrowGreen has a wide range of heirloom exotic seeds, imported gardening supplies and other accessories.


What advice would you share to those who want to take on their hobby/ passion into a career?

The best work is work that is fun!

You should explore the concept, do your market research and other planning. Dont forget to consider what your day-to- day work life would look like. If your idea keeps looking better the more light you shine on it, you should have a promising path ahead. You should do proper planning and research, since this relates to an activity you know well and enjoy.

If creating a business plan based on your hobby gets you to see that you can plan a business that you will enjoy and that will add to your quality of life, then starting with a hobby is a great idea.

You have participated in an earlier edition of By Hand From The Heart; what was the BHFTH experience?

BHFTH has always been an encouraging platform for creative people. It is an amazing conglomeration of skilled people who are making a difference to the society. It also gives an opportunity to share ideas and learn at the same time.

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned since starting your business?

I always take feedback as a learning opportunity to improve myself. Learning is a never ending process and I take it as it comes.

Chennai. Your connect with this city.

Even though I am from Kolkata, Chennai has been my second home ever since I moved here. This city has amazing people, culture and food.


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