Origin Story

Origin Story

Meet Aamar Khwaja, a foodie with a fiduciary mind. Founder of modgarden.

Follow along with Aamar, he's been uncovering tiny facts that forced him to start a tiny farming movement. 

Meet Aamar Khwaja, a foodie with a fiduciary mind.

Aamar is the founder of Modgarden. He is an entrepreneur, single dad, and a passionate believer in the power of home-grown organic food to change your health and the world around you. Aamar isn't your average tiny farmer. In fact, he's not your average anything. Here are a few things you should know about him and the particular path that led him to create Modgarden:

  • Aamar once suffered from eczema so bad that his skin ripped each time he lifted his briefcase.
  • Ouch. Fifteen years on Wall Street left Aamar with a healthy bank account, but an increasingly sick body. Plagued by eczema, chronic fatigue, and debilitating migraines, Aamar finally realized that his workaholic lifestyle was leaving him depressed and ill. He decided he needed to make a change, quit his high profile soulless job to reduce the stress and do something that he felt was of more value to society.

  • He believes that having an annual life review is necessary and healthy.
  • After relocating to Toronto, Aamar realized that a career change alone couldn't solve his health problems. Lowering his stress level was important, but it was also essential to overhaul the fuel he was putting into his body. Aamar credits this realization as a major turning point in his life. Health and personal agency was vital.  And harnessing this connection and gratitude to what’s important in life is paramount.

  • Confessions of an ex plant killer
  • Having a bright idea is one thing; putting it into action (in a way that anyone can use) is another entirely. If Aamar wanted to know exactly where his food was coming from, he would have to produce it himself, from seed-to-fork. This was easier said than done; he lived in a tiny, urban apartment, and his track record for keeping house plants alive was spotty at best. Enter Modgarden and tiny farming. Aamar's perseverance led to the design of the modular tiny farming system with a fully automated companion app, allowing anyone to grow their own organic food, no matter how small the space, or how challenged the green-thumb.

  • A constant trail of travel has refined his love of real food
  • Aamar took a few years off from corporate life and decided to travel as a way to understand how culture has changed beyond the borders of North America. Having already spent most of his life in Europe, Asia and Africa during his childhood he remembered how food was food. Picked fresh off trees, pulled from fields and eaten right away. There’s nothing quite like it. Aamar is now fueled by these formative food moments to reinterpret how urban dwellers can grow fresh, organic food right where they live—condos, homes, apartments.

  • Aamar continues to learn, experiment, and grow along with the tiny farming community.
  • The story doesn't end here—Aamar and his growing team are constantly improving and innovating tiny farming using Modgarden.

    Come on….dive into the world of Tiny Farming!

     With your help, we can can make tiny farming... not so tiny.


    January 23, 2017

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