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Urban farming finds followers in Garden City Banglore, India

Dr B.N.Viswanath conducting a workshop on Terrace Gardening at AME, Bangalore.

The Garden City Farmers

Nirmala Govindarajan,
The Times of India
Jun 4, 2011

Software professional S Laxminarayan, too, joined hand with the Garden City Farmers as treasurer to help increase the green cover of the city. “I am a mechanical engineer, and when I first met Dr Viswanath three years ago, I started out by fabricating boxes to grow greens. Now, our intention is to reach out to a wide spectrum of people in Bangalore who can help increase the green cover — the middle class population, children in government schools and in time, slum dwellers too, so they can grow veggies in the limited space in and around their homes,” says Laxminarayan adding, “We’re also exploring the possibility of growing organic veggies like tomatoes, brinjals and creepers instead of ornamental plants in public parks.

The government has appointed one mali per park. He lives with his family there and can actually cultivate these veggies and consume them too. Children playing at these parks will get to see some real farming, and over time organic vegetables grown in parks can be sold by the government to consumers! ”

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