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India: Mumbaikars Learn Growing Organic Vegetables at Home from Recyclable Materials

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People learned how a crushed plastic bottle, those soiled pair of boots could be used for planting the organic vegetables

By Priyanka Das
Carmine Communications
Mumbai, 22nd April, 2015

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On the eve of World Earth Day, Growel’s 101 Mall in association with Earthoholics conducted a 2 hour workshop to provide hands on experience on optimum utilization of natural resources and urban farming to the participants. A live display of the innovative recycling process which turns scrap to useful objects was also being shown to encourage people to conserve environment.

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April 22, 2015   No Comments

TEDx: ‘Organic Terrace Farming’ by Dr.B. Narayan Viswanath

Your terrace is worth a lot more than you would ever have thought.

Mar 16, 2015

Dr. B. Narayan Viswanath, (fondly called as BNV by friends) Born on 12-July-1943 in Bangalore, took his B.Sc., in Agriculture from the university of Mysore in 1965, M.Sc.(Agr.) in 1967 from University of Kerala and Ph.D. degree in 1977 in Agricultural Entomology from the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore.

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April 18, 2015   No Comments

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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Jaipur, India’s ‘The Living Greens’ sell light portable greenhouses for rooftops

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The Living Greens is now planning to open franchises in 10 other cities

By Francesca Ferrario
Social Story
March 25, 2015

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The Living Greens has now opened franchises in Delhi, Indore and Jodhpur where they provide greenhouses of different dimensions made of high-density polyethylene, and installing vertical gardens. For the greenhouses, the company has created a soil-less medium – much lighter than wet soil — which increases its fertility throughout the time when small quantities of an enriching powder is added to it regularly. Their vertical gardens, on the other hand, do not need soil and are ensured a healthy growth, because the team has created special containers combined with a system that recycles water in a loop.

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April 4, 2015   Comments Off on Jaipur, India’s ‘The Living Greens’ sell light portable greenhouses for rooftops

Surat, India: Urban ag centre to train people in wholesome harvesting

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We need pure vegetables and fruits. If we can grow them in our small premises, it would go a long way in improving the health of the people.”

India Times
Mar 17, 2015

SURAT: Urban Health and Climate Resilience Centre (UHCRC) will set up an urban agriculture cell and a food craft centre in the city in the next few months to check environmental degradation and bring about improvement in the quality of life of the people. It will also work to motivate sakhi mandals and other women organizations to meet its objectives.

UHCRC technical director Vikas Desai told TOI, “Impure air, polluted water and lack of nutritious food are the reasons for health problems among a majority of people, particularly those belonging to lower strata of society. The urban agriculture cell and food craft centre would help people get nutritious vegetables and fruits.”

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March 28, 2015   Comments Off on Surat, India: Urban ag centre to train people in wholesome harvesting

Majority of India’s farmers want to ‘shift to cities': Survey reports

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61 per cent of India’s farmers would like to shift to cities, and 50 per cent of farmers said they are “ready to quit farming” if such a possibility arises.

Counterview
March 10, 2015

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The report says, “When farmers were asked whether they want their children to settle in the city, as many as 60 per cent said they want their children to settle in the city. Another 14 per cent do not want their children to settle in the city, whereas 19 per cent said they will prefer their children’s choice on this matter.”

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Weekend farming in Bengaluru, India

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According to Section 79A of Karnataka Land Reforms Act, 1961, you can purchase land for agricultural purposes only if (a) you are an agricultural worker by profession.

By Divya Shekhar
Economic Times of India
Feb 27, 2015

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Bengaluru: S Laxminarayan, 39, is a software engineer whose penchant for nature and urban farming goes beyond the terrace, kitchen or backyard gardening. Along with 10 friends, he has purchased around 10 acres of land near Malavalli, some 90 km from the city, where he farms every weekend, along with family. Laxminarayan and his gang represent a new breed of professionals in Bengaluru who turn farmers on weekends, working their way out of numerous legal tangles to practise community farming.

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Enthusiastic terrace farmers in IT community – Bangalore, India

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Image courtesy: facebook/vani.murthy

“Today, gardening has become my yoga.”

Sindhu M V
FoloMojo
Feb 21, 2015

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The IT citizens of Bangalore, have been some of the most enthusiastic group of people who have taken to OTG in a big way. Vijay Satish is one among them. Even though his interest in gardening can be traced to his childhood, but terrace gardening was something his family had never explored. He says, “During my childhood, our garden had only ornamental plants. But when we had to construct a new house, our garden could no longer be accommodated. That’s when I began to use the terrace for growing plants, mostly vegetables and fruits.” The 2000 sq ft of terrace is crowned with ordinary as well as exotic plants.

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Father of India’s Terrace Gardening

drDr. Viswanath in his terrace garden.

Bangalore has over 5,000 terrace gardens now, with an increasing interest among youngsters.

By Shreya Pareek
The Better India
January 23, 2015

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“For some reason we were not able to land on time and were flying over the city. That’s when I saw the rooftops of houses and thought about the rising temperature of Bangalore city. The idea came to me that if these open rooftops could be covered, it could help to reduce the temperature, and that is why I thought about bringing terrace gardening into the picture,” he says.

One of his favourite gardens is located in Hyderabad and is probably the oldest terrace garden in India. This 35 year old garden hosts trees like banana, guava and sapota, and the entire terrace is covered with plants, trees and grass. Dr. Kadur believes that with the government’s support, the country should be able to meet its vegetable needs through urban gardeners.

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Terrace farming in India – Chennai’s new rage

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“Being on the terrace, the plants require frequent watering, at least twice a day during summer. Getting the right containers for each plant is also very important.”

By Nitya Menon
The Hindu
Jan 15, 2015

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G. Ramakrishnan, a horticulturist, says his phone does not stop ringing these days, with people calling him up with doubts on mastering the art of terrace gardening.

With the space allotted to gardens in apartments rapidly shrinking, the terrace is being transformed to make up for the lack of green spaces.

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5,000 sq. ft. roof of multi-storied apartments in Kolkata, India turned into a vegetable nursery.

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Nearly half a dozen varieties of leafy vegetables like notey shak, methi shak, palang shak (spinach), piring shak, several kinds of chilies, multiple varieties of brinjals, tomatoes, cauliflowers, cabbages, carrots, onions, beetroots, capsicum, garlic, mustard, flat beans (shim), bitter gourd (karola) are grown.

The rooftop farm can produce 8,000kg of vegetables a year.

Prithvijit Mitra
Times of India
Dec 29, 2014

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Deb is assisted by Luis Gomez, a Mexican national who now works with him in Birbhum. While Gomez is an expert in urban hydroponic farming, the technique which is being used in the garden, Arun Ram — another member of the group — is apt in developing multiple varieties of indigenous vegetables. They are helped by Bablu Molla and Rakesh Ghosh. The team members said they found it easier to grow the vegetables on the roof than doing it in the rugged terrain of Birbhum.

So, you have cherry tomatoes, white brinjals, white and red flat beans and okras with eight ridges. Last week, the farm grew kulfa (purslane) — a leafy vegetable that is no longer grown in Bengal. The garden, say its keepers, promotes biodiversity by attracting birds, butterflies and insects. “In the long run, it will keep the building cool and protect it from rain and heat,” said Deb.

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Rooftop Paddy Field in Kozhikode, India

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Roof-top farming may not be something new to people, but 56-year-old Keerthi Chandran’s farming methods may amuse even innovative farm enthusiasts.

Atop his house and at a building constructed adjacent to it at Karikandan Para, Kozhikode, he grows all kinds of vegetables, along with paddy.

By Aswathi Krishna Published
New Indian Express
27th December 2014

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Since his parents focused on rubber and arecanut trees, it was a difficult task for Chandran to try out vegetable farming there. Hence he tactically shifted to roof-top farming, which he gradually found to be the best as the plants got adequate sunlight. “If you creatively arrange your vegetable garden on the terrace you will not need some other place to relax,” says Chandran, adding that almost all the vegetables that can grow in this climate can be grown on the terrace. He even tried his hand at paddy out of curiosity and proved that grow bags are enough for paddy cultivation.

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Hyderabad government fails to publicize its urban terrace farming program

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Officials said only 1,000 people have made use of the program

By Ch Sushil Rao
India Times
Dec 20, 2014,

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HYDERABAD: You can grow vegetables – pesticide free- on your own and on the terrace of your house but a scheme that sure would have hit off well with the urban populace has fallen flat.

The state government simply did not take the interest to publicize the scheme which now technically closes on December 20.

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Kid Farmers prove they can do it in Thiruvananthapuram, India

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The students of Kallai Government Upper Primary School with the crops on their school campus. Photo by K Shijith.

Ladies finger, curry leaf, ash gourd and tomato are a few crops to name in their vegetable garden.

By Aswathi Krishna
India Express
15th December 2014

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The students embarked on farming when their school became a venue to receive the ‘Vithuvandi,’ an ambitious project of the Departments of Agriculture and Education. Awareness classes and exhibitions conducted by the organisers of the programme instilled confidence in the students to try their hands at farming. The first crop they cultivated was red spinach. “Since we shunned the use of chemicals, the spinach we cultivated were good in quality and quantity,” says C K Vinodan, headmaster of the school.

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For his mobile-farming, engineer receives Indira Gandhi Award

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With the automated farming system, one can do farming right from the city

By Naveeta Singh
DNAIndia
Dec 6, 2014

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Under the automated farming system, one can do farming right from the city with the help of a mobile device or a tablet. It also needs less labour on field. “A mobile network at the farm is necessary. There is a data processing unit at the form which has a SIM card. The card will acquire data like, weather conditions, humidity, water required, among others, from the processor and transmit it to your mobile phone,” says Kesarkar.

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December 13, 2014   Comments Off on For his mobile-farming, engineer receives Indira Gandhi Award