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Bhubaneswar is India’s temple city. Bhubaneswar literary means the land of Shiva. Gauda King Sashanka, who was a staunch follower of Lord Shiva, had built the first temple at Bhubaneswar (Ekamra Kshetra) in the 7th century AD.
India has a massive population of 1.3 billion, second only to China, and one-fifth of people in the country live in poverty. They need to be fed one way or the other. Urban farming is the answer to this need.
By Piyush Ranjan Rout
Feb 7, 2017
In the past few years Bhubaneswar has witnessed a heightened interest in urban agriculture. It is being bolstered by new approaches to urban planning and development that emphasise diffused, informal, community-based initiatives, open space, green space and soft-edge interventions in place of a centralised master plan that ignores urban farming.
February 11, 2017 Comments Off on India: Urban Planner Based in Bhubaneswar Encourages Agriculture In Cities
Bowdoin Senior Receives Award for India Research
By Jeb Polstein
Program: South India Term Abroad
Excerpt from Bowdoin News about Jeb’s project:
While he was studying away in India last year, Jacob “Jeb” Polstein ’17 researched the rise of urban agriculture in the city of Madurai.
Using ethnographic data he collected from three sites around the city, Polstein looked at how the capitalistic promotion of urban agricultural movements has complicated traditional agrarian ideas and practices. At Bowdoin, Polstein is majoring in philosophy and environmental studies.
January 24, 2017 Comments Off on India: Agrarian Freedom in Madurai’s Urban Agriculture
“The fresh chemical-free vegetables grown at home reduces my family’s carbon foot print, a core issue in global warming,” Anusuya says.
By Theja Ram
The News Minute
Jan 14, 2017
“When I got married, I moved to Bombay. There were no plants in peoples’ homes and barely any space to live. I still nurtured a few plants on the balcony of our rented home. After 13 years, we moved to Hyderabad and the situation there was the opposite of Bombay. Almost every home there had a kitchen garden. I brought a few pots and began cultivating plants,” said Anusuya.
Anusuya and her family moved to Bengaluru in 1987 and it was at the city’s famous Lalbagh that the veteran farmer learned the intricacies of urban agriculture.
January 20, 2017 Comments Off on Bengaluru’s oldest urban farmer leads the way in sustainable living
Kiran grows custard apple, rose apple, water apple, jamun, passion fruit, fig, yellow and red dragon fruits, grapes, papaya, carambola (star fruit), avocado, banana, orange, lemon, sapota (sapodilla), pomegranate, apple ber, guava and five varieties of cherry.
By Seema S Hegde
Nov 18, 2016
Meet Kiran C Pattar. A believer in unconventional education, he has been practising terrace gardening for the past seven years. Kiran has a garden of about 400 square feet on his terrace, where he grows 25 varieties of fruits. He uses empty paint buckets and large containers to grow fruits and vegetables. He has also constructed beds for the plants using bricks, all by himself. Since he believes in the “do it yourself” attitude, he started to build the brick structures on his own and completed them successfully. He says, “It was really a fulfilling experience, although it took me quite a lot of time to complete.”
December 6, 2016 Comments Off on Terrace gardener in Bengaluru, India
In a gated community in Whitefield, efforts are underway to establish a full-fledged community farm within the premises. With less than 40 people working on it on weekends, the farm is already a hit among its residents, especially children.
By Nirupama V
The Economic Times
Nov 10, 2016
When he was a little boy, Harshvardhan Shitole’s grandmother taught him to how to grow a plant. When he moved to the city, he continued growing plants in his balcony but was never satisfied. A year ago, Shitole, along with five other families, decided to ‘give life’ to an empty plot in their neighbourhood, near the Jayadeva hospital flyover.
They made a compost pit, brought cow dung from a goshala nearby and set out to grow tomatoes and greens. “Our intention is not to take the produce back,” he said. “It is an unfenced plot.
November 15, 2016 Comments Off on India: Bengaluru city slickers cultivate farming habits in vacant plots
1. Short title and commencement.— (i) The scheme shall be called “Development of Kitchen Gardens”.
The Times of India
Oct 31, 2016
Panaji: Students in Goa will be soon taught to grow food in the comforts of their homes. Schools in Goa do not incorporate food education into their curricula, but, as a welcome change, the department of agriculture will be introducing this subject at select institutions in the state, after the Diwali vacations.
“We are going to have students grow vegetables within the school campus. This is to inculcate the interest of cultivation among them,” said director, agriculture, Ulhas Pai Kakode.
He added that schools with inadequate space can attempt teaching children on the terrace area as well. As part of this programme, agriculture officers will distribute free farming kits among students and teachers, and train them in the art of urban gardening. The kit will contain 16 items useful in the process of cultivation, including vegetable seeds, bio-fertilizers, bio-pesticides, vermi-compost, spray pump, etc.
November 8, 2016 Comments Off on Goa, India: School kids to be trained in urban gardening
A panel discussion chaired by Jayant Kumar Banthia, former State Chief Secretary and chancellor, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), presented several ideas to incorporate urban farming into the city’s plans
By Diipti Jhangiani
Oct 9, 2016
During the launch, Dr. Parasnis presented the carbon baseline survey of Navi Mumbai. She also shared vital statistics on the high pesticide and heavy metal content in commercially-grown fruits and vegetables. She shared the results of a survey by the University of Baroda, showing how commercially-grown fruits and vegetables contain pesticides like Aldrin, Chlordane, Dichlorvos much beyond the when permissible levels were 0.1 mg/kg.
October 14, 2016 Comments Off on Urban Farming Forum Held in Mumbai
Priyanka Amar Shah, founder of iKheti, believes that urban farming has the potential to make cities greener. iKheti, a social enterprise started in 2012
India’s Financial Portal
iKheti, which presently offers services in Mumbai and its outskirts and Pune, plans to spread to other cities of India. “We have already begun diversifying into developing edible landscaping. This involves using food plants as design features, to make it is visually appealing and also useful,” she explains.
September 30, 2016 Comments Off on Mumbai’s iKheti: Grow your own edible garden, at home
Thiruvananthapuram, India: City residents can now grow and reap vegetables from their terrace through a monthly paid service system.
The civic body plans to cover 10,000 households under the scheme. 2.5 lakh agri-grow bags will be distributed across households in the city. The project has set aside Rs 6,000 per house for the first year.
By Aswin J Kumar
Time of India
Sep 1, 2016
The project will be first launched in ten city wards. As per the scheme, the service can be availed at a rate of Rs 500 per month. “The residents can choose from 30 varieties of vegetables and we would plant 12 items on terrace. The civic body had earlier launched terrace farming programme but the initiative did not see success. Our aim is to convert this into a sustainable model,” said Sugathan S, one of the members associated with the initiative.
September 8, 2016 Comments Off on Thiruvananthapuram, India: City residents can now grow and reap vegetables from their terrace through a monthly paid service system.
But the year was 1986, and their decision to move from Delhi to Heggadadevana Kote, a remote area in the middle of a forest, located 60 kilometres from Mysore, wasn’t cheered on by enthusiastic friends.
By Megha Mahindru
August 30, 2016
Their farm, Krac-a-Dawna, a name derived from a young Azad’s linguistic faux pas, besides being their home and workplace also serves as a bio shelter, open for experiential tours for farming enthusiasts. With no television or internet, it offers agri-tourists all that they can hope for.
Popular among gap-year students who wish to travel and do good, agri-tourism is now blooming in India as organic evangelists skip luxury hotel stays for a rustic farm holiday that teaches them everything from cattle grazing to soil tilling and cheesemaking.
September 6, 2016 Comments Off on This Indian couple left their city life in Delhi to start an organic farm
Last year they were able to get around 900 grams of Green Chilly in a single day from their terrace.
Apr 27, 2016
The climates in Kuwait are so extreme that forget about growing plants in balconies and maintaining them, we often don’t even come to our balconies for spending few minutes together. But that doesn’t stop this couple from spending their leisure time together with a good cause. Their tryst with growing vegetables started around seven years at their balcony. The unimaginable pleasure from this later made them to convert the building terrace into an organic vegetable garden, thanks to the support of his building caretaker. Today in his building terrace, you can see variety of fully ripe vegetables, such as Brinjal, Chillies, Snake Gourd, Bitter Gourd, Beans, Capsicum, Lady’s finger, Yellow Cucumber (Vellarikkai) etc. Cabbage, Cauliflower, Onions are on the early stages.
September 5, 2016 Comments Off on A Terrace Kitchen garden in Kuwait
“It is not that people are only interested for growing vegetables. They have been growing oilseeds, cacti and medicinal herbs.
Times of India
Aug 29, 2016
“I have literally stopped depending on market for vegetables for the last three years except buying a few exotic ones. I have been growing almost all varieties of seasonal vegetables and spinaches on my 1,000 square feet rooftop kitchen garden, said Sugata Nayak, a homemaker in Gajapati Nagar of the city.
Nayak has also been giving consultation on kitchen garden and various aspects of urban farming to people.
September 4, 2016 Comments Off on India: Number Of Kitchen Gardeners Has Increased By Leaps And Bounds
The department will make available farming land in Bhondsi nearby, where residents can go on weekends or in their spare time, and grow vegetables non-commercially for their household needs.
Aug 28, 2016
Anyone interested in leasing land can approach the district horticulture officer, who will help the resident decide the amount of land they would require, and the crop(s) they can grow on it. The land will be leased out at least for a year at a nominal rate, which has not been decided yet. However, regular maintenance, watering, security, etc, of the garden will be the leasee’s responsibility, which might be a drag for corporate employees looking for a part-time hobby.
August 29, 2016 Comments Off on Gurgaon, India: Lease land for ‘kitchen gardens’
Nearly 10,000 people have already turned farmers in the city, growing everything from spinach to curry leaves to tomatoes.
By Meera Bhardwaj
New India Experess
June 12, 2016
“We have been doing free demos in government schools as this concept has to take root early. We are also planning to adopt a government school and college in a, with space to grow vegetables. MLA Ravi Subramanya has evinced keen interest and we hope to start soon,” he told.
The trust has two more entomologists, Dr K R Jayaram and Dr Rajendra Hegde. The rest of the group comprises IT and other professionals.
June 12, 2016 Comments Off on Bengaluru, India: Garden City Farmers Trust
The mango plucking event turns out to be a learning experience. It isn’t as simple as plucking mangoes that look ripe. Guests are taught how to the select the fruit.
By Sangeetha Devi Dundoo
April 14, 2016
Volunteer programmes in farming are still in a nascent stage in the city, unlike farms in Spiti Ecosphere, Auroville and other farms in Himachal Pradesh and Sikkim that have structured programmes. Volunteering schedules are drawn according to crop cycles. “Normally, people think of visiting a farm when they have holidays. But that may not coincide with the crop cycle and what’s necessary for the farm at that time,” Praveen points out. He adds that the intention should be to provide a learning experience to guests than to cut back on the workforce that earns its regular wages through farming.
April 19, 2016 Comments Off on Hyderabad, India: City residents volunteer on farms