Early Life

Milan Kordestani was born in Stanford, California and grew up there attending Phillips Brooks Elementary school. Kordestani and his family moved to London, England in 2009 after the divorce of his parents, then attending Eaton Square School. In 2010, Kordestani moved back to the Bay Area where he attended Sacred Heart Preparatory in Atherton where he later graduated High school in 2017.

Kordestani began riding horses at age 10, after he was thrown off of a runaway horse while trail riding. In an interview with The National Horseman, Omid Kordestani wrote “the most significant moment of that memory was that Milan got back up on the horse to ride back to camp, which was surprising considering most children would have been terrified to get back on an animal that treated them so badly". Betts Coup of The National Horseman wrote that he “immediately has natural form, a dedication to working hard and a need to ride challenging, world-class horses, as well as a drive to win blue ribbons… and in a short time, he has achieved major goals in the sport". Kordestani began by riding lesson horses in Atherton for a few years but quickly progressed to competing at high levels on world champion horses. In 2015 he won the first leg of the triple crown aboard his horse CH His Supreme Reflection, and followed that win with a fourth place ranking at the Worlds Championship Horse Show. He then gained a 3rd place title nationally at the American Royal, the third leg of the triple crown. In 2016, Milan then became 2nd at the Worlds Championship Horse Show in the Five Gaited Show Pleasure division for his age split, gaining his highest ranking to date.

In addition to Milan’s achievements as an equestrian, he created Milan Farms his sophomore year of high school, a company that focuses on the production of poultry, eggs, and saffron through the connection of various farms across the nation. Under the Milan Farms name, Kordestani became the first ever farmer of saffron to grow the spice hydroponically on microfiber sponges.

Career

Milan Kordestani is the CEO and Founder of Milan Farms, writer for the Huffington Post, and a student in the San Francisco Bay Area. Kordestani established Milan Farms in early 2015 to begin his journey on creating a humane and organic system to raise poultry and organically growing 100% pure saffron. Milan Farms is currently offering saffron, free range/organic eggs, and mint. Milan Farms aims to provide an honest option to the consumer. They use transparency in raising their animals and only using organic options for their plants. Kordestani believes that when it comes to choosing a product, if the consumer knows exactly what they want, a pure, and honest option should be readily available without any secrets as to how it was raised. This is the model Milan Farms operates on.

The Milan Farms brand and logo became a trademarked company in 2016 and has since expanded to three separate farms which distribute eggs all across the west coast, including Colorado, and saffron across the world. While Milan Farms recognizes the tradition in the production and cultivation of saffron, they also believe in innovation. That is why, in addition to the use of drip irrigation, Milan Kordestani is conducting research in hydroponic, and aquaponic systems with growing saffron. They have seen success in both but are still experimenting with varying salinity levels in water as well as varying minerals in the water to ensure we perfect our crop.