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Women working in a cauliflower field in Kolkata, West Bengal. Photo by Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters
Comment by Debasish Chatterjee
With vanishing greenery around the congested city of Calcutta the cultivation of Cauliflower around Eastern Bye Pass and New Town makes a wonderful difference.Amidst the concrete skyscrapers in the background the picture of the ladies working in the Cauliflower field presents a heartening picture.
December 6, 2013 No Comments
“It’s a great tool for communities to come together and be connected. It is almost spiritual.”
By Reza Noorani
Time of India
Oct 19, 2013
Julius Rego, who runs a community farming program called Green Souls, says that in the past year that they have been active, he seen almost a thousand people come and volunteer at the St Jude’s Children home in Kharghar, where they have been allotted a farm by the Cancer Treatment Centre. “From college kids to housewives and working professionals, we have all kinds of people who come and learn,” says Julius, who has been working and learning as well as teaching organic farming techniques like compost farming and permaculture. “There is no need to spend on fertilisers and expensive composts. You can use your daily garbage in a way that it won’t stink and avail of the cheapest best compost you can ever find,” he adds.
October 31, 2013 Comments Off
University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, celebrates its Golden Jubilee year with Urban Horticulture and Organic Roof Top Gardening Seminar – Oct 27, 28, 2013
Excerpt from brochure:
Urban Agriculture (Krishi) necessarily connoting the
pursuit of horticulture is now the new buzz in the life of people
of the metropolises. Gardening has always served as a balm for
these sore souls. The realm of kitchen garden – growing one’s
own food including medicine around homes and in the new
acres’ bought nearer their city homes is leading to revolutions
September 25, 2013 Comments Off
Plans afoot to promote urban horticulture in Gulbarga division
By B. S. SATISH KUMAR
Sept 8, 2013
The State government is now banking on urban horticulture to fight malnutrition in the six districts coming under the backward Gulbarga division.
The Horticulture Department is all set to launch a project aimed at promoting kitchen gardens at the household level, urban horticulture on the premises of schools and anganwadis, and community gardens with a focus on vegetable cultivation.
September 23, 2013 Comments Off
Sculptress is Kiran Jangir.
Immerse it in a tub of water where it disintegrates in less than 5min – the soil is then transferred to the garden
Vedanti Singh Chauhan,
Times of India
Aug 23, 2012
Indore: This Ganesh Chaturthi is going to be eco-friendly as there has been a significant increase in the demand of eco-friendly idols.
The ten-day long Ganesh festival will start from September 19. Idol makers are already busy preparing the statues. Eco-friendly idols are mainly made of biodegradable materials that do not pollute the water, soil, or air.
“We have been making eco-friendly Ganesh idols for past 80 years now. My father was a sculptor and we have taken up this art after him” said Arvind Keskar, owner Shri Kala Kendra in Rajwada. Keskar makes Ganesh idols out of yellow soil, jute and modelling clay. Keskar can be seen working in his workshop with his family.
September 22, 2013 Comments Off
As land prices went up in the city, people built up on every inch available, leaving no space for a garden; apartments took over.
By Bhumika K.
Aug. 24, 2013
Manikandan, a 33-year-old software engineer has just quit his job to become a full-time urban agriculturist. He doesn’t have a garden; he grows veggies in pots and drums on his terrace! Many home gardening enthusiasts in Bangalore religiously follow his blog where he’s known only as ‘Geekgardener’. He never buys tomatoes for his rasam. His terrace garden provides it. And once, when he had a bumper crop of 48 kg of cucumber, he gave them to friends, family, and then sold what was left to a nearby supermarket!
August 29, 2013 Comments Off
With a blossoming kitchen gardeners’ club, many in the original garden city are growing what they eat
By Pavitra Jayaraman
Aug. 24 2013
Vijay Satish’s day begins on his rooftop terrace at 6am. “I think of it as my meditation time. That’s the kind of peace tending to my kitchen garden gives me,” he says. His 1,000 sq. ft terrace is lined with pots. Satish points out 13 types of tomatoes (only a third of the varieties one can grow, we are told), zucchini, bhut jolokia chillies and yellow-coloured brinjal. “You can grow almost anything from across the world in Bangalore. It’s the best place to be a gardener,” says Satish.
August 28, 2013 Comments Off
“We care for a cleaner and greener Bangalore.”
Aug 21, 2013
Her airy terrace is a clear giveaway of Vani Murthy’s interests. The space is filled with planting beds and pots. A stout snake gourd hangs over some basil plants. Every conceivable local vegetable, herb and fruit seems to be flourishing here – beans, chillies, cauliflowers, gourds, tomatoes. Four composting solutions are in operation, with another one on trial. Many people come to visit her terrace, hoping to start their own gardens or composting efforts. Her visitors are usually treated to a hot cup of coffee, and plenty of encouraging words about the feasibility of composting and cultivating a vegetable garden.
August 26, 2013 Comments Off
With more than 40 terrace farms registered with Urban Leaves, the vision, says Patil, is to have a community farm in every suburb of Mumbai.
By Vidya Heble
August 22, 2013
The concept of kitchen gardening has taken firm root in the space-starved Mumbaikar’s mind, and a number of urban farming groups have sprouted to formalize the activity. Besides Urban Leaves (www.urban leaves.org), participants include Fresh and Local (www.freshandlocal.org) and Earthoholics (www.earthoholics.com), as well as several groups which have pages on Facebook.
While a lot of people may be growing their own curry leaves and green chillies, Patil says that ideally a kitchen garden should be created by composting kitchen waste and using it to grow food.
August 22, 2013 Comments Off
‘It just felt weird to buy fruits like guava, seethaphal or pomegranate’
By Lavanya Keshavamurthy
Aug 12, 2013
Ananya Mehta had a flourishing career in Software Product Engineering for 13 years before her environmental consciousness caught up with her. Believing strongly that today’s education seems to be missing the point that economics cannot exist without ecology, Mehta conducts training and awareness workshops to get more city people to grow their food, when she is not gardening at home with her 8-year-old.
A walk inside Ananya Mehta’s garden that has every conceivable native ‘soppu’ (greens) variety, besides many vegetables and fruits.
August 15, 2013 Comments Off
Living in a metro he understands the space crunch in high-rise apartments and so experiments with urban farming, landscaping, rooftop gardening
By Kavita Kanan Chandra
The Weekend Leader
Aug 5, 2013
Shaan says one could grow herbs even in the smallest of apartments and they would meet your kitchen needs.
He has set of 9 herbs (Rs 1000) and set of 12 herbs (Rs 1500) in a tray filled with soil and coco peat that could be easily put on a window sill. An 8×12 inch herb rack can hold pots of 9 herbs.
Whether one requires basil for Thai cooking or rosemary for Italian, freshest of organically grown herbs would be available right in the kitchen!
August 8, 2013 Comments Off
Many Bangaloreans are turning to gardening to beat stress and veggie prices
By Tania Singla
July 23, 2013
Garden City (Bangalore) has always had gardening enthusiasts. But, as gracious homes with vast backyards make way for glass-and-chrome edifices, Bangaloreans are looking at more modest spaces to have a go at gardening. So today’s green thumbs have a go at it through vegetable and fruit patches they grow in their backyards, terraces and even balconies. Kitchen gardens don’t cost much and don’t require a lot of time too. Depending on the varieties you want to grow, just an initial investment of Rs. 2,000 can get to started.
Jayanagar resident Vijay Satish says his organic garden meets 90 per cent of his kitchen needs.
July 27, 2013 Comments Off
Agriculture Minister Nilamani Sen Deka said that it is the first time that the state government has taken such a scheme.
18 Jul 2013
Guwahati: In a bid to increase production of fresh vegetables, the Assam government has taken an initiative to promote roof-top vegetable gardening for urban residents. Agriculture Minister Nilamani Sen Deka said that it is the first time that the state government has taken such a scheme.
The government will offer some packages to the selected urban citizens of Guwahati and Jorhat initially and later extend it to other urban areas of the state, he said. The state Directorate of Horticulture and Food Processing has been entrusted to implement this programme.
July 24, 2013 Comments Off
Urban gardeners in the city are fighting rising vegetable prices, pollution and a depleting green cover by converting their balconies and terraces into mini farms
By Karishma Goenka
Jul 14, 2013
Everyone has green fingers”, assured Purvita Kapadia,”All they need to do is feel the soil.” Kapadia (36) should know. She has feeding her soil in her terrace garden in her sea-facing, Chowpatty apartment for the last four years. “It is a common misconception that you need land to carry out farming. A determined effort can bear beautiful fruits even if you grow them in containers, because most vegetables need depth of only up to 1 foot to grow. More than anything it is the satisfaction and peace this activity gives you that is incomparable and very hard to find in this city”, she reveals.
In midst of the congestion present in Mumbai, there are a few urban gardeners who have taken up the mission to add a bit of green in their lives, their homes and their window sills. These gardeners are also fighting rising vegetable prices by ensuring they have a steady supply from their gardens at home.
July 16, 2013 Comments Off
“We wanted to show people that one could grow poison-free food on one’s own terrace without much effort.”
By Leena Gita Reghunath
1 July 2013
On a recent trip to my hometown Thalassery, in Kerala, I set out of my parents’ house to do the rounds of my relatives’ houses, as one is expected to do on such visits. At the house of one aunt, I enquired politely after the health of the flower garden in her front yard. “This is nothing,” she said, before grabbing me by the hand and leading me up the stairs behind the house. “The best things are here now,” she declared when we had reached the back terrace. On the cramped terrace lay 25 white sacks filled with fresh amaranthus, green chillies, tomatoes, brinjal, ladies’ fingers and green beans. “Try my vegetables,” my aunt said. “After that, your Delhi vegetables won’t suit you.”
July 11, 2013 Comments Off