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Apart from the urban poor, people like government officials, teachers and small businessmen are quite active in urban agriculture.
By Rakesh Kumar
19 November, 2015
This is not a story of one Yadav, there are many such people in Delhi, who want to dedicate some time in farming, growing seasonal vegetables and crops. These green fingers may be growing vegetables as a hobby and limited to personal usage, but their efforts are collectively adding to what is called urban agriculture. One can find these hobby-driven farmers cultivating vegetables like onion, tomato, potato or mint on land around their houses, roof-tops, empty plots or in a park. They also use free public space along roads and railway lines.
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2,000 square-foot of organic vegetables. These include Beans, Tomato, Lady Finger, a great variety of Greens, Chillies, Broad Beans, Chayote (locally known as chow chow), Double Beans and Yard Long Beans. Bottle gourd, Bitter Gourd, Snake Gourd, Cucumber and Green Hyacinth Beans are grown on a rotation basis. Sweet Lime, Custard Apple, Mango, and Apple saplings are bearing fruits.
By Divya Dwaraknath
Oct 15, 2015
Harish Mysore, an electronics engineer by profession and avid (terrace) gardener by passion, traces his interest in gardening to his childhood spent in Nanjangud, Mysore. As a child, he spent all his vacations in the paddy fields, farms and coconut garden owned by his grandmother. Saplings of fruits like Guava, Mango, Pomegranate and Sapota (chickoo) would find their way from Lalbagh Botanical garden to be planted at Nanjangud.
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Kitchen Gardener Harish Mysore talks about his four decade long tryst with gardening.
By Rashmi Ramesh
Oct 6, 2015
In June 2014, the passion resurfaced and Harish decided to build a full-fledged terrace garden on the second floor and ensured that every inch of space was covered in fresh greenery within three months. And this time, the garden, which has now come to be known as Temple on Terrace, had a difference—he only grew completely organic vegetables without using any chemical fertilizers or pesticides. Even his mother, who cannot even walk very well, wants to climb up to the second floor to catch a glimpse of the living result of her son’s hard work.
October 15, 2015 Comments Off on The Kitchen Gardener, Bangalore, India: How Harish Mysore grew his ‘Temple on a Terrace’
Many of the women who helped build the garden have also begun growing vegetables in their own home, with some gardening for the first time since leaving their villages for the city.
By Christine Mclaren
Guggenheim Mumbai Lab
November 19, 2013
There’s nothing quite like watching the seeds of a good idea grow and flourish before your eyes. These days you can do so quite literally in a leafy corner of Santa Cruz, Mumbai, where a green movement of a whole new kind is taking root, providing women in Mumbai desperately needed safe and quiet places of respite.
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A roof can have five-six such towers, meaning 50-60 plants
By Prithvijit Mitra
The Times of India
Sep 17, 2015
More than 50 varieties of organic vegetables can be produced under the project. A 20 sq-m garden on a terrace could accommodate around 50 different plants, said Kunal Deb, secretary of Owl Spirit, the firm behind the project. “We use only natural ingredients and have created a unique bed, which is 10 times lighter than soil. It is a plant nutrient mixture comprising bacteria, compost and organic plants. We also provide a maintenance kit that consists of fungicide and organic pesticides. A 20 sq-m terrace garden can help meet the vegetable demand of an average-sized multi-storey building for a year. The price will not be more than 50 paise a kg.”
September 24, 2015 Comments Off on Kolkata, India: Owl Spirit offers terrace gardeners help
We are trying to develop this new concept of farming not only in the urban areas of New Town, but also in the rural areas of Rajarhat,” the minister said.
By Suman Chakraborti
Time of India
Sep 14, 2015
KOLKATA: The state government is inching closer towards development of bio-villages and introduction of rooftop organic farming in Rajarhat New Town.
Union urban development minister Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday discussed about the issue as one of the major components of developing smart cities while conducting a workshop which was attended by senior state government officials.
September 23, 2015 Comments Off on Rooftop farming in Rajarhat, India gets nod
“Summer is not an exciting time for vegetables but winter is just amazing and we are all gearing up for that.”
By Shailaja Tripathi
Sept. 11, 2015
Scarcity of food grains in the ’60s which led the then Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri to raise the slogan “Jai Jawan Jai Kisan” influenced people like Sarla Bhargava. An environmentalist, activist involved with women’s social education centres and Central Welfare board, she went on to form All India Kitchen Garden Association in the Capital to use every inch of land available in and around the house. “The association continues to encourage people to do. With the shortage of space, we are advising people to use their staircase, verandah and there are so many people who are doing vertical gardens,” says Sunita Gupta, head of the Meerut chapter of the association.
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“Most urban farmers diversify their crops and grow more than four organic vegetables in a limited space, the simpler ones being tomatoes, brinjals, chillies and spinach.”
By Anushka Sivakumar
Aug 31, 2015
He says that more than 15,000 families are into growing organic vegetables like tomatoes and brinjals, and multiple terrace gardening organisations install gardens for various families and organisations. One such organisation is ‘Squarefoot Farmers’ spearheaded by Arun. With their base in Banashankari, they have customers across Malleswaram, Jayanagar and JP Nagar. “There is nothing like a minimum amount of space required to grow a crop.
September 7, 2015 Comments Off on India: Active citizens’ movement involved in urban farming
We went to visit some Nagpurians growing vegetables in their gardens/ rooftop poly-houses. Looking at their luxuriant, healthy egg plants, cabbage, beans etc in pics I had just assumed these must be affluent people
Aug 30, 2015
So Laxmi and her husband took one drastic decision. Even if it meant curtailing on the variety of foods they ate, they would consume only home -grown. Paddy ( rice) they could get from their parents who were farmers in M.P., also some dal…. vegetables they would grow in the space behind their quarters in Butbori. They did not quite know how, but were determinded to learn.
So they began with the easy to grow stuff. Spinach, methi, coriander etc. Then they turned to onions, potatoes, ginger etc. Bhendi, karela followed and soon they were having vines of Dhoodhi, kakadi and pumpkins also.
September 6, 2015 Comments Off on Illness, desperation and loneliness made them urban farmers in Nagpur, India
India: Karnataka State Horticulture Department is successfully promoting kitchen gardening in urban areas
50,000 households have benefitted from the project in the last two years. This year it aims to reach about 20,000 households spread over 30 districts of the State.
By Radha Prathi
Aug 25, 2015
If one is under the impression that only civil society organisations and enterprising individuals are working towards the green goal, then one must stand corrected. The State Horticulture Department is also successfully promoting kitchen gardening in urban areas. Kavitha A S, senior assistant director at the Horticulture Department, Dharwad (ZP), has been actively initiating the urban population in her jurisdiction towards having a green space of their own. She explains that the government conducts demonstration on the subject in public places like parks, hostels and open grounds.
August 31, 2015 Comments Off on India: Karnataka State Horticulture Department is successfully promoting kitchen gardening in urban areas
“There is immense potential in roof-top urban gardens. We are aware of a growing public interest in organic farming and this programme is designed to help aspirants set up their own gardens,” said an Agriculture Department official.
M. Dinesh Varma
Aug 22, 2015
Plenty of enterprising city residents are turning horticulturists by setting up their own roof-top gardens in whatever little space is available.
From brinjal and tomatoes to ladies finger and snake-gourd, residents have been experimenting with terrace gardens in modest measures.
August 30, 2015 Comments Off on Professional help is at hand for urban gardeners in Puducherry, India
“What we have in mind right now is a dream to have a green city, a complete set of organic urban terrace farms in Chennai and the world,”
By Swetha Ramesh
August 8, 2015
The five men, Kern Agrawal, Kenneth Lowe, Karan Maheshwary, Ashwin Kurisinkal and Mathews Cherickal, collectively known as The Urban Farmers, came up with the idea of farming within the city as a business plan for their course. While researching, they felt that two things were terribly wrong in existing farms and agricultural areas. First, the amount of chemicals used was alarming. Second, of the total land they owned, farmers used only half for cultivation, and sold the rest of it to real estate dealers.
August 19, 2015 Comments Off on Urban Farmers from Chennai, India
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By Lily Gordon
The Daily Meal
July 21, 2015
City Farming is an organization that inspires students, families, and corporations to grow their own food in Mumbai—on terraces, balconies, and even the sides of buildings. Hosting weekly workshops, City Farming teaches Mumbaikars the growing methods of Dr. R. T. Doshi: with a little sugarcane waste, used polyethylene bags, soil, and seeds, the environmental impacts of pesticides, synthetic fertilizer, and the unnecessary disposal of organic waste are avoidable.
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Two local farmer families take care of the farm during weekdays
By Anitha Pailoor,
July 21, 2015
The team cultivates millets, pulses, vegetables and some horticulture plants. Most of the crops are rainfed and drip irrigation is used to water vegetable patch and horticulture plants. They also raise cattle for the purpose of manure. At least four to five families gather at the farm every week. “Even if we are not able to make it to the farm for two weeks, we are confident that the work doesn’t suffer,” says another member Anil Nadig.
July 27, 2015 Comments Off on City professionals farm as a community just outside of Bengalaru, India
Farmer’s son in Pune sells his land to fund his film making dream
By Anvi Mehta
DNA of Pune
19 July 2015
A farmer’s son living in a village named Gavhanewadi, 80 kilometres from Pune, Bhaurao Karhade, 30, is one of those artists whose passion has no limits. A mass communication graduate, he sold off his farm land in Shirur taluka to make a film on the migration of villagers to cities in search of livelihood.
Bhaurao initially started out by helping his father in farming as he was asked to dropout from colleges after class 12. “I used to work on my field and take vegetables to the Pune wholesale market. I always wanted to be a filmmaker and hence joined a mass communication course and completed my graduation.
July 24, 2015 Comments Off on Indian film highlights migration of farmers and animal breeders to cities in search of jobs