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Terrace gardening, the organic way in Bangalore, India

Banashankari resident Jagadish Shri set up his own terrace garden where he grows organic vegetables like beans and carrots. Photoby Chetan Boray.

Does growing vegetables on your rooftop seem a bit far-stretched? Meet Banashankari resident Jagadish Shri who does exactly this with his own organic terrace garden.

By Vinita
Citizen Matters
August 13, 2010


Meet 44-year-old Jagadish Shri, whose entry into organic terrace gardening more than a year ago was, well…organic! Having set up a rainwater harvesting (RWH) system at his independent house in Banashankari 2nd stage, he was wondering what he could experiment with next. He was also concerned about the high pricing of organic food, when a visitor to his blog pointed him to organic terrace gardening and a company that helps set up such gardens.

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In Nepal, A Home Garden Is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts

Sita Rokka, a mother of two and a member of the Kalika home garden women’s group in Rupandehi district, is making great use of such synergies. Photo credit: Sajal Sthapit, Roji Suwal, and Roshan Pudasaini

The Nepalese Department of Agriculture has recognized home gardens as a viable approach for the sustainable livelihood enhancement of resource-poor and disadvantaged communities.

By Sajal Sthapit, Roji Suwal, and Roshan Pudasaini
Nourishing the Planet – A Worldwatch Institute Blog
July 27, 2010


A home garden, commonly known as ghar bagaincha in Nepali, refers to a traditional land-use system around a homestead that is maintained by household members for the primary function of family food consumption. Home gardens provide 60 percent of total fruit and vegetable consumption in a 5–6 member household in rural Nepal. They are also an important source of essential nutrients. In one study, 69 percent of the 1,100 surveyed households that had adopted home gardens added six different types of nutrients to their diet.

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