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A panel discussion chaired by Jayant Kumar Banthia, former State Chief Secretary and chancellor, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), presented several ideas to incorporate urban farming into the city’s plans
By Diipti Jhangiani
Oct 9, 2016
During the launch, Dr. Parasnis presented the carbon baseline survey of Navi Mumbai. She also shared vital statistics on the high pesticide and heavy metal content in commercially-grown fruits and vegetables. She shared the results of a survey by the University of Baroda, showing how commercially-grown fruits and vegetables contain pesticides like Aldrin, Chlordane, Dichlorvos much beyond the when permissible levels were 0.1 mg/kg.
October 14, 2016 No Comments
Priyanka Amar Shah, founder of iKheti, believes that urban farming has the potential to make cities greener. iKheti, a social enterprise started in 2012
India’s Financial Portal
iKheti, which presently offers services in Mumbai and its outskirts and Pune, plans to spread to other cities of India. “We have already begun diversifying into developing edible landscaping. This involves using food plants as design features, to make it is visually appealing and also useful,” she explains.
September 30, 2016 Comments Off on Mumbai’s iKheti: Grow your own edible garden, at home
Thiruvananthapuram, India: City residents can now grow and reap vegetables from their terrace through a monthly paid service system.
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
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.
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.
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
August 30, 2016
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.
September 6, 2016 Comments Off on This Indian couple left their city life in Delhi to start an organic farm
Last year they were able to get around 900 grams of Green Chilly in a single day from their terrace.
Apr 27, 2016
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.
September 5, 2016 Comments Off on A Terrace Kitchen garden in Kuwait
“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
“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.
September 4, 2016 Comments Off on India: Number Of Kitchen Gardeners Has Increased By Leaps And Bounds
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.
Aug 28, 2016
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.
August 29, 2016 Comments Off on Gurgaon, India: Lease land for ‘kitchen gardens’
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
“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.
June 12, 2016 Comments Off on Bengaluru, India: Garden City Farmers Trust
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
April 14, 2016
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.
April 19, 2016 Comments Off on Hyderabad, India: City residents volunteer on farms
“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
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.
April 15, 2016 Comments Off on India: Urban farm in Navi Mumbai grows food for patients
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.
Mar 20, 2016
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,”
March 25, 2016 Comments Off on Kochi, India Corporation, to promote organic farming in 5,000 city household
Design: Vincent Callebaut in collaboration with agroecologist Amlankusum
By Lucy Wang
Feb 22, 2016
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.
February 22, 2016 Comments Off on Proposed for India’s new Jaypee city, an urban farming eco-neighborhood, called Hyperions
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
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.
February 18, 2016 Comments Off on India: Weekend farming activities for Bangalore urbanites
“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
Feb 11, 2016
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.
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
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
“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.
February 7, 2016 Comments Off on India: Jaipur Municipal Corporation is framing bylaws for making terrace vegetable farming mandatory