Yogita Mehra started Green Essentials in Goa, out of an interest in the environment, a desire for better food quality and her passion for kitchen gardening. Involved in environmental causes since college, she went on to get her Masters in Environmental Economics from the University of Massachusetts and was a researcher with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).
Her interest in growing began in 2006 when she wanted to grow fresh mint for her morning cup of tea. Very soon she was hooked, and soon her two pot balcony garden transformed into a larger kitchen garden and the growing of food hasn't slowed since.
Yogita (along with Karan) guides people on improving the quality of their food, by growing it organically at home. She has been doing this via kitchen gardening workshops (in Goa, Mumbai and Bangalore), which have had over 5,000 participants in about 70 sessions over the last ten years. These workshops help beginners get a quick start on growing vegetables and fruits in gardens, balconies or terraces.