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India: Khetify’s ‘Internet of Things’ powered rooftop farm has caught the city dwellers’ fancy

Khetify charges a one-time fee for the installation of the ‘khets’, depending on the size of the ‘khets’ and a maintenance charge for the supply of high quality seeds, saplings, organic fertilisers, pesticides, herbicides among others.

“We believe that urban India has been disconnected with farms, farmers, and their agrarian roots. Unless cities take control of their food systems, true sustainability could not be achieved”.

By Chhavi Tyagi,
Economictimes.Com
May 01, 2017

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The startup is now looking to grow its customer base by approaching schools, housing societies, universities, among others as well as expand its crop portfolio. The target is to make 50 schools and 150 households achieve food security by the end of 2017. This would mean the startup needs to employ an additional 10-15 farmers. However, hiring high quality talent from the domains of agriculture, botany and ecology has been a challenge.

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Houston named best U.S. city to observe World Naked Gardening Day, May 6

Don’t be too shocked if you spot a neighbor pruning their azaleas sans pants this weekend.

By Matt Hickman
Mother Nature Network
May 5, 2017

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Founded in 2005 in Seattle by Nude & Natural magazine editor Mark Storey and permaculturist Jacob Gabriel, World Naked Gardening Day (WNGD) is an annual event in which gardeners, both novices and seasoned greenthumbs alike, can feel free to take it all off and “tend their portion of the world’s garden unclothed as nature intended.”

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Her Korean grandmother taught her to love the soil, now she’s starting an urban farm in Columbus, Georgia

Sharayah Davis, right, travels with her maternal grandmother, Hui Beesley, who inspired her to start an urban farm in Columbus.

“My vision for my city is for nobody to be without food,” Sharayah Davis said

By Alva James-Johnson
Ledger-Enquirer
Apr 28, 2017

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“That woman, she can grow anything; she has had fruit trees, blueberries, vegetables, Nappa cabbages, squash, cucumbers, eggplant, peppers and sweet potatoes,” said Davis of her maternal grandmother, Hui Beesley, who lives near Fort Benning. “… To this day, the potatoes are my favorite vegetable to grow and to harvest because she would always have us dig them up for her. We would spend entire days as kids getting our hands dirty, and it was the coolest thing – like a treasure hunt.”

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