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10 Urban Agriculture Projects in Mumbai

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By Lily Gordon
From foodtank.com
The Daily Meal
July 21, 2015

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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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July 28, 2015   No Comments

City professionals farm as a community just outside of Bengalaru, India

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Bettada Budada Thota”, an 18-acre farm in Malavalli taluk, 75 km away from Bengaluru is the culmination of dreams and desires of 11 families with diverse interests.

Two local farmer families take care of the farm during weekdays

By Anitha Pailoor,
Deccan Herald
July 21, 2015

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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.

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July 27, 2015   No Comments

Indian film highlights migration of farmers and animal breeders to cities in search of jobs

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Bhaurao Karhade, 30, sold his farm land in Shirur taluka to fund his film titled Khwada which is based on the migration of villagers to cities.

Farmer’s son in Pune sells his land to fund his film making dream

By Anvi Mehta
DNA of Pune
19 July 2015

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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.

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July 24, 2015   No Comments

Bengaluru, India can reduce the waste it produces by composting at home

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S Laxminarayan, 36, a software engineer by profession, is also a part-time urban farmer.

Smitha Prasad, who started a terrace garden a month back, grows flowers, vegetables, herbs, fruits and succulents. Her collection includes Lantana, Begonia, Anthurium, long beans, ginger, pumpkin, ladies finger, lemon grass, chives, rosemary, aloe vera, grapes, banana, guava and more.

By Ananya Revanna
Deccan Herld
July 11, 2015

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According to Dr Yellappa Reddy, former secretary, Department of Ecology and Environment, we can easily contain the amount of organic waste that is sent to landfills if everyone takes to organic terrace gardening and composting. “Even in urbanised areas, it is possible. The space in individual apartment houses is limited but if five to 10 per cent of the entire land is earmarked for gardening, it will destinely make a difference. One just needs a space that is well aerated and has sufficient light,” he says.

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July 21, 2015   No Comments

India Ag Ministry says: Urban agriculture order of the day

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Sanjeev Chopra, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperation.

Agriculture is no more just a rural affair

By M. Somasekhar
Hindu Business Line
Hyderabad,
July 7, 2015

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“It’s time that agriculture in urban areas is promoted. Governments and institutions should focus on this,” argues Sanjeev Chopra, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperation.

Agriculture is no more just a rural affair, he believes. Therefore, the priority should be to make use of the available infrastructure in urban areas. He made this point while delivering a lecture on ‘Leveraging Agriculture as the Key Growth Driver in India’ at the Administrative Staff College of India, here.

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Teen city farmer in India catches UN’s attention

Fifteen-year-old organic farmer from the city, Arya Pudota’s work has caught the attention of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

By Bosky Khanna
Deccan Herald
Bengaluru: May 26, 2015

On the occasion of World Environment Day, on June 6, with the help of UNEP, Pudota will distribute 1,000 organically grown hybrid Arka Rakshak tomato plants free of cost to morning walkers in Cubbon Park. A student of National Public School, Indiranagar, Pudota grows over 25 varieties of fruits and vegetables in a family plot measuring 4,000 square feet in Kasturinagar, OMBR Layout.

“My interest in organic farming started three years ago. I would assist my mother in her kitchen garden. This has now became my passion. The organic produce in my farm includes tomato, onion, beetroot, radish, leafy vegetables, brinjal, papaya, banana, mango, pomegranate, guava and avacado. I learnt about UNEP and its work in creating awareness about environment. I contacted them and they were drawn to my work. They readily agreed to help me. They have also shown interest to visit my farm,” he told Deccan Herald.

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The modern history of organic terrace gardening in Bengaluru, India

The Extraordinary Aam Aadmi #5: A Vegetable Grower

By m/s TRATSER Technologies Pvt Ltd on behalf of “BOMBAT BENGALURU”, an initiative by Aam Aadmi Party, Karnataka

We found yet another gem of the Bengaluru city, a life savior, Professor Vishwanarth Kadur who explains how chemicalised vegetables & fruits, poison the body causing deadly illnesses. This man found a way around it. He started composting household waste and used the manure to grow his own food on the terrace!

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May 25, 2015   Comments Off on The modern history of organic terrace gardening in Bengaluru, India

From India: ‘My Pumpkin Roof’

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How To Grow Your Own Urban Food Garden

By Malvika Pathak, Martin Scherfler, Nafeesa Begum, Nalini Mangwani, Navleen Kohli, Urvashi Devidayal and Vimal Bhojraj.
Published by Auroville Consulting and Earthcare Books
Auroville is a centre for alternative technology in India and the world.
2015

Preface:

Dr. Vandana Shiva, Founder, Navdanya Foundation

The promotion of food growing among urbanites is an important issue. We in India face food security issues, and consumers don’t often have a choice when it comes to whether their food is pesticide- treated or not. Moreover, our indigenous knowledge of organic farming methods and indigenous species are being lost as genetically modified seeds and synthetic growth enhancers are increasingly used.

Encouraging people in our urban centres to take up home gardening, means that we empower consumers. By growing our own organic food in our backyards, balconies and gardens, we don’t only make a healthy choice, we can address climate change ourselves. Conventional, chemical farming is a major contributor to climate change. Also, large-scale monocultures deplete soil and water resources. The transport from field to table is also polluting and carbon dioxide-producing. By growing our own food, we provide fresh, organic food, that doesn’t take its toll on the environment.

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May 19, 2015   Comments Off on From India: ‘My Pumpkin Roof’

Video: Organic Terrace Gardening in India

Full length video documentary ‘Organic Terrace Garden’ – English

By Shramajeevi, Video Productions
Bengaluru – 560 104
Karnataka
India.

Who We Are

We are the one and only successful agricultural documentary film makers for open market sale, in Karnataka,India. We produce documentaries independently on various aspects of Agriculture and allied subjects. We even take up the production of Agricultural Corporate Films on contract. We have all technical facilities and huge visual database for the same.

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May 14, 2015   Comments Off on Video: Organic Terrace Gardening in India

Mental Hospital Inmates Find Succour in Farming in Kozhikode, India

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Students harvesting spinach from the farm garden set up by Kanivu at the Government Mental Health Centre at Kuthiravattam.

“We are happy that we are able to provide the patients toxic-free vegetables.”

By Shafeeq Alingal
New India Express
25th April 2015

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At the Government Mental Health Centre at Kuthiravattam in Kozhikode a group of patients, cured of their mental illness, is seen watering the plants and harvesting the vegetables at the plot which once used to be left abandoned inside the compound of the centre. The credit goes to the group of farmers, activists and environmentalists for joining hands under the aegis of a small collective called ‘Kanivu’.

The mission is aimed at bringing about a change both in the ambience of the centre and the mindset of the patients and the staff.

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May 2, 2015   Comments Off on Mental Hospital Inmates Find Succour in Farming in Kozhikode, India

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

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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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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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