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Thiruvananthapuram, India: City residents can now grow and reap vegetables from their terrace through a monthly paid service system.

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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

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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.

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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.

This Indian couple left their city life in Delhi to start an organic farm

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The Cariappas supply over 35 vegetables to luxury wildlife resort Orange County. Juli seen here with son Azad.

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
Vogue India
August 30, 2016

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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.

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September 6, 2016   Comments Off on This Indian couple left their city life in Delhi to start an organic farm

A Terrace Kitchen garden in Kuwait

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Last year they were able to get around 900 grams of Green Chilly in a single day from their terrace.

Indiansinkuwait
Apr 27, 2016

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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.

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September 5, 2016   Comments Off on A Terrace Kitchen garden in Kuwait

India: Number Of Kitchen Gardeners Has Increased By Leaps And Bounds

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“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

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“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.

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September 4, 2016   Comments Off on India: Number Of Kitchen Gardeners Has Increased By Leaps And Bounds

Gurgaon, India: Lease land for ‘kitchen gardens’

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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.

India Times
Aug 28, 2016

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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.

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August 29, 2016   Comments Off on Gurgaon, India: Lease land for ‘kitchen gardens’

Bengaluru, India: Garden City Farmers Trust

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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

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“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.

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June 12, 2016   Comments Off on Bengaluru, India: Garden City Farmers Trust

Hyderabad, India: City residents volunteer on farms

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Arifa Rafee (in orange) with Swiss delegates at her farm.

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
The Hindu
April 14, 2016

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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.

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April 19, 2016   Comments Off on Hyderabad, India: City residents volunteer on farms

India: Urban farm in Navi Mumbai grows food for patients

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An aerial view of the urban farm at the medical facility in Navi Mumbai.

“The not-for-profit, through its project, has provided the medical facility fresh organic vegetables that are grown without using chemical fertilisers.”

By Badri Chatterjee
Hindustan Times Mumbai
Apr 11, 2016 0

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Three years ago, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) set out on a green mission to convert a one-acre barren land on the campus of a medical research facility in Navi Mumbai into an organic farm.

The once-barren plot is now grows herbs, vegetables plants and fruit trees, which are fed to patients undergoing treatment at the facility. This urban farm is also home to more than 80 species of birds and 25 species of butterflies and moths.

The NGO, Green Souls, has ever since been promoting urban farming to city dwellers, who are encouraged to grow food on building terraces, balconies and small plots of land.

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April 15, 2016   Comments Off on India: Urban farm in Navi Mumbai grows food for patients

Kochi, India Corporation, to promote organic farming in 5,000 city household

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John Sherry, agriculture officer at Krishi Bhavan Choornikkara, tending his vegetable garden on the terrace of his house at Mundamveli near Fort Kochi on Monday | Express

Our workers will dig ditches to plant banana and yam alternately, with ginger, tomato, green chilly, spinach, okra and the like in between, all that the consumers should do is to ensure that the daily domestic waste is used as manure.

The Hindu
Mar 20, 2016

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He said the farming as envisaged by the project was possible even in a household with very little land. “It’s far less expensive at Rs.535 per household, of which Rs.505 will be borne by the corporation, from its plan fund. Each family is required to spend only Rs.30. While our workers will dig ditches to plant banana and yam alternately, with ginger, tomato, green chilly, spinach, okra and the like in between, all that the consumers should do is to ensure that the daily domestic waste is used as manure,”

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March 25, 2016   Comments Off on Kochi, India Corporation, to promote organic farming in 5,000 city household

Proposed for India’s new Jaypee city, an urban farming eco-neighborhood, called Hyperions

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Design: Vincent Callebaut in collaboration with agroecologist Amlankusum

By Lucy Wang
Inhabit
Feb 22, 2016

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Topped with a glass bioclimatic domed greenhouse and clad in solar panels, each tower houses a mix of programming, from business incubators and coworking spaces to student housing and larger apartments. The living areas are integrated with the farming spaces, which the architects say can produce 20 kilos of organic fruit and vegetables per square meter (4 pounds per square foot) that would be sold through local fair trade shops.

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February 22, 2016   Comments Off on Proposed for India’s new Jaypee city, an urban farming eco-neighborhood, called Hyperions

India: Weekend farming activities for Bangalore urbanites

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He demystifies green growing at home, getting individuals to learn and embrace the extraordinary desi seed variety which combines health, sustainable living for city folks. – Dr. Prabhakar Rao of Hariyalee (Aditi Farms).

By Kavya Chandra
A Green Venture
Jan 27, 2016

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On January 17, Hariyalee (Aditi Farms) and A Green Venture carried out a farm to folk experience where super fresh and spicy greens. veggies were tossed in a healthy salad giving the natural outdoor experience a special twist which gave way to discussions, conversations and appreciating the work of the farmer and heirloom seeds. Dr. Prabhakar Rao a unique natural farmer expert specialises in bringing back heirloom seed varieties, having successfully grown over a 100 native varieties at his farm sourced from around the world including the country.

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February 18, 2016   Comments Off on India: Weekend farming activities for Bangalore urbanites

India’s city chefs are growing herbs and vegetables they use at their eateries

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Chef Atul Kochhar.

“I asked the lady to serve us whatever she could manage to rustle up. She went out into the fields behind the dhaba, plucked out some radish and made us some mouthwatering mooli ka parathas.”

By Moeena Halim
India Today
Feb 11, 2016

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In Mumbai, Director of Bellona Hospitality, Romil Ratra and Chef Paul Kinny have started experimenting with urban farming at Phoenix Market city in Kurla, the mall that houses the restaurant they run, Craft Deli and Bistro. While green hotel properties like the ITC group have been taking advantage of the space available to them and growing their own vegetables, Ratra’s idea of fashioning a kind of “living wall” of herbs and greens as well as growing carrots and tomatoes on the premises of their standalone is incredible if not a bit outlandish.

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February 16, 2016   Comments Off on India’s city chefs are growing herbs and vegetables they use at their eateries

India: Jaipur Municipal Corporation is framing bylaws for making terrace vegetable farming mandatory

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The official further said a variety of vegetables, including leafy ones, tomatoes, brinjal and chillies can be grown on the terrace with the help of the kit, which is available in the market.

By Ajay Singh
Times of India
Feb 3, 2016

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“Under the smart city mission, we are working on framing bylaws to make city terraces green. We picked this cue from some foreign countries where partially covering the rooftops of new buildings with plants or solar panels is a must. We are planning to replicate the same in Jaipur,” says Ashutosh Pednekar, chief executive officer (CEO), JMC.

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February 7, 2016   Comments Off on India: Jaipur Municipal Corporation is framing bylaws for making terrace vegetable farming mandatory

India: Bengaluru Nuclear Medicine Doctor Cultivates Her Urban Garden

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She hopes that a day might come when she would be able to reach a level of sustainability where there is no need to buy vegetables and greens from the market.

By Sahana Prasad
Deccan Herald
Jan 29, 2016

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A green patch houses leafy vegetables and medicinal plants like spinach, amaranthus, insulin plant, basale, doddapatre, bramhi, amrutaballi and others.

“Ours is a zero-waste home. We recycle almost everything. Vegetable scraps are composted and I have introduced earthworms in that area, which produce rich vermicompost. Bokashi (a fancy Japanese way of making a compost activator) may be a little tedious for beginners, but it helps in quicker composting. Jeevamruta is a microorganism-rich concoction made in our backyard regularly using cow dung.”

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February 3, 2016   Comments Off on India: Bengaluru Nuclear Medicine Doctor Cultivates Her Urban Garden

Karnataka, India: The State Horticulture Department is also successfully promoting kitchen gardening in urban areas

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When Mhon Chumi Humtsoe shifted to Bengaluru 15 years ago, she dearly missed the greenery back home in Nagaland. She hoped to create some space for herself and toiled to put up a terrace garden on her rented premises.

According to the Department statistics, over 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. Despite all these efforts, less than 10 per cent of our terraces have gardens on them.

By Radha Prathi
Deccan Herald
August 25, 2015

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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. Sometimes, they also arrange guest lectures by local people who have been successful in this venture.

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February 1, 2016   Comments Off on Karnataka, India: The State Horticulture Department is also successfully promoting kitchen gardening in urban areas