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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   No Comments

From India: ‘My Pumpkin Roof’


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.


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   No Comments

Video: Organic Terrace Gardening in India

Full length video documentary ‘Organic Terrace Garden’ – English

By Shramajeevi, Video Productions
Bengaluru – 560 104

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   No Comments

Mental Hospital Inmates Find Succour in Farming in Kozhikode, India

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


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


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


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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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

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,


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


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

By Francesca Ferrario
Social Story
March 25, 2015


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


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


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.

March 10, 2015


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


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


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

Image courtesy: facebook/vani.murthy

“Today, gardening has become my yoga.”

Sindhu M V
Feb 21, 2015


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


“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


“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


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.

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


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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