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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
By Sahana Prasad
Jan 29, 2016
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.”
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
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
August 25, 2015
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.
February 1, 2016 Comments Off on Karnataka, India: The State Horticulture Department is also successfully promoting kitchen gardening in urban areas
Vyas Sivanand gets four urban gardeners and organic farmers to share tips with beginners
By Vyas Sivanand
23rd January 2016
Padma Kesari, a 49-year-old homemakre, lives in JP Nagar. After her two children went abroad for higher studies in 2013, she started her journey with gardening.
She has a piece of 5,600-sq ft residential plot in Sahakar Nagar, where she grows vegetables, fruits and flowers without pesticides or other chemicals. Her main objective is to keep the plot litter-free and address the concern of the food we eat and where it comes from. This is also her effort to retain the city’s green cover.
January 30, 2016 Comments Off on In Bengaluru, India, They Sow, Nurture and Colour the Yard Green
Peri-Urban Agriculture and Ecosystems: The Multi- Faceted Contribution to Urban Resilience (Peri-Urban 2016).
22-23 February 2016 at India International Centre, New Delhi.
Dr. Shiraz Wajih
Gorakhpur Environment Action Group (GEAG)
We are pleased to inform you about the National Conference on ‘Peri-Urban Agriculture and Ecosystems: The Multi- Faceted Contribution to Urban Resilience (Peri-Urban 2016).
GEAG is organising this Conference in collaboration with National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), Government of India and RUAF Foundation, The Netherlands, and with support of The Rockefeller Foundation. The other strategic partners in the conference are ISET-International, CANSA and India Water Portal. The National Conference will be held on 22-23 February 2016 at India International Centre, New Delhi.
January 29, 2016 Comments Off on Peri-Urban Agriculture and Ecosystems: The Multi- Faceted Contribution to Urban Resilience (Peri-Urban 2016).
Keeping the scope of urban agriculture in view Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Jammu (SKUAST-Jammu) is creating awareness on urban agriculture among the urban and peri-urban people of the province.
Jan 22, 2016
Agriculture is the mainstay of Jammu and Kashmir’s economy. About 80 per cent of J&K population depends on agriculture. The total geographical area of this state is 2, 22, 236 sq. km and the population is 1, 25, 48,926 (Census 2011). Over the years, the farmers of the state have adopted new agricultural technologies but still the state is having low productivity of almost all the crops. Like other states of the country, people from rural areas of Jammu and Kashmir are migrating towards the urban areas.
January 26, 2016 Comments Off on Jammu and Kashmir in Northern India Promote Urban Agriculture
Pooja Patel meets three people who have created their little, terrace farms in this vertically expanding city despite the many highs and lows of creating them
By Pooja Patel
10 Jan 2016
For Meher Salam, mother of two boys, Mahmood and Bilal, the love for farming started two decades ago. She began in her balcony by growing vegetables in small pots, enjoyed taking care of the plants and loved watching them grow. As the plants grew bigger, her passion to add more plants grew. But with restricted space of the balcony, Meher found it difficult to pursue it.
January 15, 2016 Comments Off on Mumbai Urban Farms
A small function was held at the plot to herald the harvest and the main reason for that is to encourage people to use idle land for farming.
By Ignatius Pereira
Jan 12, 2016
The two-acre plot at Uliyakovil in Kollam city, which was lying idle for years with overgrown shrubbery and infested with rodents, is now a rich plantation with 1,000 banana plants ready for harvest.
The harvest was formally inaugurated by Mayor V. Rajendrababu in the evening on Monday.
January 14, 2016 Comments Off on Idle land in Kollam City, India now a banana farm
Terrace farming is growing at a fast pace, especially in metros, with people realising the importance of organic products.
Dec 14, 2015
Surendranath Majety, the guiding force behind the workshop, said the workshop would deal with fundamental aspects of farming on terraces and roofs of buildings without using chemicals and growing vegetables sufficient for a medium size family. “One should have safe and chemical-free vegetables at affordable cost on one’s plate. Terrace farming is growing at a fast pace, especially in metros, with people realising the importance of organic products and also putting to use vacant space in their houses for productive and healthy purposes,” he said.
December 21, 2015 Comments Off on Terrace gardeners spread green message in Vijayawada, India