India: Hyderabad, Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai have active groups of urban farmers
To combat increasing levels of pesticides in foods, terrace gardens across India are blooming
By Gargi Gupta
Dec 29, 2013
Aparna George, a Bangalore-based freelance writer, grows strawberries in pots in a corner of her terrace, along with other vegetables like zucchini, lavender, carrots, beans, brinjals, cauliflower, cabbage, and palak, methi, coriander, rosemary, thyme and parsley.
George’s tryst with growing vegetables started, she reveals, around four years ago with the realisation that there are very high levels of pesticide residue in food. She began with a few pots of brinjals and tomatoes, using the organic manure she got by composting kitchen waste at home.
It’s expanded steadily to around 60-70 pots since. Last year, George invested in a 10X10 metre plot at Green Thumbs Mini Farms, a “micro-eco farm” set up by former software engineer Anand Maddur early last year. The farm, comprising of small plots (a minimum of 10X10), at Sarjapur Road on the outskirts of Bangalore caters to those living in the city who want to grow their own food.