Wonderful film showing city farming in Mumbai, India
Urban Leaves: community farms in Mumbai
Urban Leaves Documentary
Reap what you sow, Eat what you grow,
Film made by Suma Josson.
(Must see! Mike)
Dedication by the filmmaker Suma Josson:
August 28th was my mother’s birthday. It is 2 months since she passed away. Daughter of a farmer she was a kitchen gardener growing her own vegetables and fruits wherever she moved. She carried the garden within her and the garden contained her energy. I know up there she is tending and watering a garden filled with the light of regeneration and hope. Let’s turn more earth organic in 2011.
Articles from the India Times celebrating Kitchen Garden Day
Mumbai goes green on the terrace
By Anahita Mukherji
Aug 28, 2011
MUMBAI: Planning to turn farmer? There’s no need to leave the city. Join the growing tribe of urban farmers, who grow their own food in every nook and cranny available to them in space-starved cities.
“If everyone took to terrace farming, Mumbai would have acres of farmland, enough to make the city partially self-sustainable,” says Preeti Patil, one of the founders of Urban Leaves, an organisation whose philosophy is “Reap what you sow, eat what you grow”.
Patil certainly knows a thing or two about terrace farming. A catering officer, in charge of the Mumbai Port Trust departmental canteen, Patil and her team helped convert the port trust terrace, once a dump yard for broken equipment, into a lush green farm. Now, everything from rice and coconuts to papaya and brinjal grow there in abundance. Patil also grows vegetables in her balcony.
Grow your own greens at home
By Nirmala Govindarajan
Times of India
Aug 27, 2011
And the joy of kitchen gardening is far reaching – software professionals too, are kicked about getting their hands dirty to eat healthy. “I grow veggies on my terrace,” confirms software professional Laxminarayan S, adding, “It is important for people in urban areas to do so – it helps increase the green cover too. In fact, we used to grow veggies in our backyard when we were young. Now, because we have the money, we want someone else to grow our food for us.”
Jyothi too, grows her own veggies. “Right now, my kitchen garden has lady finger, tomatoes, onions, mint and greens,” she says.
And writer Vinita Suryanarayan too is particular about feeding her 5-year-old daughter chemical free food. “I stock up organically grown toor dal, raagi and vegetables from NGOs that grow these foods. And I don’t believe there’s any excuse for people to say they can’t find the time to look for organically grown food,” says Vinita.