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Farmers in India’s city fringe villages have switched to growing lawn grass

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Around 400 acres of land in Chande village are being used for lawn grass farming. Photo Manoj Bidkar.

Move over sugarcane, tomato, onion and sundry other traditional farmland crops. Farmers minting money like never before.

By: Sandip Kolhatkar
Pune Mirror
Apr 5, 2015,

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For the past six to seven years, almost 90 per cent of farmers in Chande village, close to the Rajiv Gandhi IT Park in Hinjewadi with a population of 800, have turned to carpet grass manufacturing, minting money like never before. Neighbouring Nande village has also followed suit with this far more lucrative farming option.

Jotiba Mandekar, a young famer in his 40s, had first mooted the idea of lawn grass farming in early 2000, after tips from a Karnataka-based gardener.

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Urban farmers at ‘Grow Calgary’ tap into a different kind of cornucopia

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In preparation for this year’s farming season, volunteers help to clean Grow Calgary, Canada’s largest urban agriculture farm. The produce grown on the land is given to Calgary interfaith Food Bank to provide food to vulnerable Calgarians. Photo by Melissa Renwick.

“Our vision is to create a sustainable and resilient food system for the Calgary region,”

By Justin Giovannetti
The Globe and Mail
Apr. 03 2015

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Canada’s largest urban farm doesn’t even have enough money to erect a sign explaining to passing motorists what they’re seeing off Calgary’s ring road.

Three years ago, the 11-acre plot was a rock-strewn field in the shadow of facilities left over from the 1988 Winter Olympics. Since then, volunteers have tilled the ground and sent all that they’ve pulled from the dirt to food banks.

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