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India: Woman sets example for locals by introducing terrace farming in Raipur


Video in native language.

The Times of India
Published on Nov 22, 2017

Raipur (Chhattisgarh), Nov 23 (ANI): A woman named Pushpa Sahu is setting an example with her unconventional way of farming on her home’s rooftop in Raipur. Pushpa has set up a unique method of farming by using waste from her house to grow fruits, vegetables and even medicinal plants. She has converted the rooftop into a mini farm and has also uses a technique to water the plants by recycled water. She started terrace farming five years ago and is also influencing people in the city to take up this unique initiative.

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India: Chennai mini urban-rural joint venture

Their first crop — the red diamonds, a native rice grain called poongar.

Till the 1960s Indian farmers had close to a 100,000 varieties of rice

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The Valam collective is one of several mini urban-rural joint ventures cropping up across TN, which not only encourage organic farming and give city-dwellers a chance to explore their entrepreneurial side, but also help rural farmers who are in dire straits financially.

Since January, Gopinath Jayaraja and his coterie of city farmers have harvested three tonnes of this precious commodity. Incidentally, it has also made his idli-dosa batter taste spectacular.

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India: Pune Woman Converts 3,500sqft Plot Into A Garden Which Feeds 10-12 People Daily

Sujata cuts a 2-feet-long white gourd in her urban farm as her sister-in-law and nephew watch.

I spend about one hour daily on the plot and about 20 minutes on the terrace garden. There are three families – mine, my brother’s and my brother-in-law’s.

The Logical Indian Crew
November 8th, 2017

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Sujata: It is not exactly a farm, it’s a residential plot which we have converted into a garden. We did not want to construct on the plot, which belonged to my brother-in-Law, so with his permission we converted it into the garden as it was lying idle. We always wanted to grow plants using only organic and natural method. We are also maintaining a terrace garden for last 6-7 years, but it has its own limitation of space. This problem was solved by the garden.

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November 13, 2017   Comments Off on India: Pune Woman Converts 3,500sqft Plot Into A Garden Which Feeds 10-12 People Daily

India: More residents learning to grow their own food

“Every apartment has a different microclimate; within each apartment, each room may have a different microclimate.

By Anjana Vaswani and Vijayeta Basu
Mumbai Mirror
Sep 24, 2017

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The Ghias, the Mahimkars and the Kadams represent a new tribe: urban farmers who are using whatever space they have available to create pretty, leafy corners, that produce at least some of what their families consume. Preeti Patil who conducts ‘compost your kitchen waste’ workshops through her eight-year old company Urban Leaves, a collaboration of urban farming enthusi asts, confirms the rise of this new breed. “From only wanting to grow decorative flowering plants, people are now eager to learn how to grow their own produce to ensure they’re eating healthy, and there’s also a visible shift towards adopting sustainable living practices,” says Patil whose first project, a terrace farm at the Mumbai Port Trust has grown into a sprawling food forest in 17 years.

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India: Students create organic vegetable garden in school

Students and teachers of Marudhamalai Devasthanam Higher Secondary School, Vadavalli, at their organic vegetable garden on school premises. Click image to see larger file.

Sharing their experience, the students said that the farming taught them the hardships of farmers and motivated them to contribute their part to society.

By S. Pavith Valsel
The Hindu
Sept 7, 2017

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Started in June, the students cultivate spinach, tomato, ladies finger, pumpkin, bottle guard, coriander and lettuce among others in the organic vegetable garden. They do mixed cropping and crop rotation to retain the fertility of the soil.

Produces of the vegetable garden are used to provide lunch for the students. There has been days when students were able to take home their produces too.

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India: Techie gives up career to promote apartment farming, toxin-free food

Patel admits a lack of space in cities is often a hurdle that stops many residents from growing their own food.

By Aishwarya Upadhye
Times of India
Aug 24, 2017

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“I tell participants why it’s important to grow their own food. They are also given information on different types of soil and the various types of saplings. The training then, makes up the basic rules of organic farming. At the end of the workshop, each participant is handed compost full of essential microbes which are responsible for preparing manure from kitchen waste. The kit encourages them to take the first step,” he says.

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India: Hyderabad Government campaign intends to encourage the citizens in twin cities to adopt Urban Farming

“The potential capacity to produce more than 50 lakh kg vegetables and fruits by the households in twin cities and in the suburban areas should be garnered by adopting urban farming,” he averred

By VRC Phaniharan
The Hans India
Aug 19,2017

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The Telangana Horticulture Department is all set to launch a unique campaign to increase the green cover as well as provide organic vegetables daily to the city residents.

Dubbed as ‘Own and Produce Your Oxygen’, the mass awareness campaign intends to encourage the citizens in twin cities to adopt Urban Farming.

Explaining the twin benefits from the programme, Horticulture Department Commissioner L Venkatrami Reddy said the city has been witnessing increase in pollution affecting the health of people.

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What stops Indian cities from growing their own food?

India’s 377-million urban population is expected to grow by another 300 million by 2050 and yet, agricultural land is rapidly shrinking in urban areas, leaving city dwellers increasingly reliant on rural farmers for meeting their sustenance requirements.

Navya P K
Citizen Matters
Aug 1, 2017

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Despite adverse conditions, some farmer groups have thrived. The Yamuna bank farmers, who are not legally acknowledged at all, have been farming and selling their produce in Delhi markets for generations. In Cuttack, slum residents do farming to produce food for themselves, and sell the surplus in local markets. In 2009 in Mumbai, a charitable Trust helped the residents of Ambedkar Nagar slum clean up a garbage dump near their homes and convert it into a community farm.

These, however, largely constitute individual and sporadic successes rather than a systematic, sustained development of urban agriculture. India’s governments have been largely ignoring the issues faced by urban farmers, while continuing to promote household-level gardening.

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India: Gardening for nutrition in bastis (slums)

Lady of a basti family holding her baby and showing the pumpkin she grew with pride.

“The mission of Urban Health Resource Centre is to bring about sustainable improvements in the health conditions of the urban poor by influencing policies and programmes and empowering the community.”

From their Facebook Page
Urban Health Resource Centre

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Slum families usually have very small houses. Therefore, they find it nearly impossible to grow enough vegetables to yield ample fresh produce to use for nutritious meals. Along with nutrition, growing plants provides confidence and a sense for making their immediate world more beautiful and natural.

Caring for plants gives a sense of well being in a place where it is most desperately needed With soft, attentive motivation and gentle perseverance, UHRC’s social facilitators encouraged slum families to grow vegetables that would thrive in their respective houses.

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June 28, 2017   Comments Off on India: Gardening for nutrition in bastis (slums)

India: Septuagenarian farmer raises paddy on 4 acres in city of Trichy.

Srinivasan says he gets 50 to 60 bags of rice per acre a year of which 25 bags were enough for his family for a year.

By D Vincent Arockiaraj
Times of India
Jun 7, 2017

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All the three sides of his land are engulfed by tall structures while on the northern side passes a black tarred road proceeding to Vayalur Murugan temple. Till 1975, his father G Ramachandran was looking after the lands. Srinivasan started to engage in agriculture at the age of 35. According to Srinivasan, his father had taken over the farming from his grandfather.

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India: An Urban Farming Group In Bengaluru Is Teaching People Home Agriculture To Fight Pollution

“I was born and brought up in Bangalore,” says Dr Vishwanath. “When I was growing up, most people used to have a front and back garden.”

The group believes that the process of growing food at home can encourage green cover

By Shreya Kalra
India Times
June 4, 2017

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Harish Mysore took a Garden City Farmers workshop five years ago, and now he grows everything from coriander to eggplant to pomegranate. His hobby of growing simple flowers such as roses has been magnified to home agriculture. He says organic farming opened up a “whole new gate” for him. Not only does growing food at home have health benefits, but the food also tastes much different.

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India: The urban farmers battling Bangalore’s concrete jungle

A farm flanked by new apartment buildings in Varthur. Photo by Prabhu Mallikarjunan.

Students from the University of British Columbia Graduate School of Journalism report from Bangalore in southern India.

BBC News
May 27, 2017
(Must see. Mike)

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The once-rural farming community is now part of eastern Bangalore, near the city’s mighty IT campuses. This rapid urbanisation has thrust urban farmers like Hanumanthappa, who is 45, into a fraught relationship with the city. They are confronted with a choice: continue farming under adverse conditions, or sell their land.

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India: Urban farming gaining popularity

Senthil Kumar Natchimuthu, a resident of Coimbatore, grows herbs and vegetables organically in his garden.S. Siva Saravanan

There are organisations in cities such as Chennai that guide and support rooftop kitchen gardens, urban gardening in institution buildings, etc.

By Amrita Ragavendiran
The Hindu
May 14, 2017

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As we get into the farm, the very red red-chillies and red okra catch our eyes. “The red okra seeds came from a friend who’s family has been growing it over generations. Red okra is not easily available in the markets in Coimbatore.”

Brinjals, broad beans, tomatoes, and pumpkins are among the vegetables that 44-year-old Senthil Kumar has been cultivating for a little over a year now. And, all on five acres in the city.

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May 22, 2017   Comments Off on India: Urban farming gaining popularity

Young Dairy Farmers from Rajasthan’s Kota City sell Cow Dung Cakes online on Amazon

“People basically want it for religious purposes in these cities,” Singh added.

NewsGram Desk
May 8, 2017

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The product is packaged in such a way that the cakes don’t break.

For starters, the dung, which is a semi-liquid mixture, is first dried. It is then put into a circular die which goes through a heat-shrinking process. The finished product is then packed in cardboard boxes and dispatched.

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India: This Mumbai Ecopreneur Has Been Turning City Dwellers Into Urban Farmers

iKheti aims to create a sustainable environment.

iKheti’s success has prompted Priyanka to take up new challenges: community farming, vertical gardening & hydroponics.

by Sohini Dey
The Better India
May 5, 2017

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Having reached out to over 4,000 people via personal services and workshops, Priyanka is now emphasizing on encouraging bigger groups. iKheti’s experience with a few corporate and religious institutions has also shown that farming is best effectively practised on rooftops or bigger spaces. She also works with schools, encouraging children to eat healthy and understand the value of food.

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