Inspiration is all around us

Inspiration is all around us

After break-down of Soviet Union, Cuba, its alley, went through energy crisis. Cheap fossil fuel supply it received from Soviet Union in exchange of sugarcane, suddenly stopped. Acute energy crisis led to food crisis. Scarcity of fuel made it difficult for farm produce to be sent to the cities. Per person calories intake compared to 1980, dropped to half by 1993. Nation was ravaged with hunger, angry demonstrations. What is the situation today? Per person calories intake is back. Overall health of the population has improved. Obesity is down. How? High literacy rate, necessity to find solution due to crisis, led Cuba to explore some uncharted territory. Since it was not possible to transport food from farms to urban areas, it became imperative that urban areas grow their own food. Thus, began the concept of urban farming. Supply of cheap chemical fertilizers from Soviet Union dried up. Thus, organic farming was the obvious option. Do read this very encouraging and thought-provoking case-study on Cuba Organoponics. https://www.rapidtransition.org/stories/the-post-cold-war-cuban-food-experiment/ “Grow your own food” movement is on the rise in various cities in India. Being a tropical country, we have following advantages,

  1. Abundant sunlight, a necessary factor for gardening. And it is FREE 😊
  2. Leaf-fall of 4-6 months produces large organic matter to be utilized in garden. Again FREE.
  3. Rise in awareness about A2 milk is encouraging many establishments on city periphery, enabling supply of cow dung, cow urine, and products like Jeevamrut to build soil health

It will not be long, when a satellite view of our cities, will show green rooftops all along.

 

Do go through blogs about these wonderful, determined individuals who have converted their terraces, empty plots, school terrace, area around their house, in the society, into beautiful urban gardens. How to create Garden series,

My Gardening experience – Guest Blog by Ankit Dhadwal

“I saw brown leaf story on YouTube echo India and I was very happy to see what you people are doing. Today I planted one bamboo plant on the occasion of dushera. It’s been 5 years I haven’t burnt any crackers. I don’t want to burn crackers and spread air ...
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Let’s create a garbage-free world

I know, it is quite a tall order. Here is how, “When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world. I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation. When I found I couldn't change the nation, I began to ...
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How to create garden, Part 11

Dr. Sarika Tiwari, Pune Here is why and how Sarika started garden Meet Dr. Sarika Tiwari, a homeopathic consultant by profession. A doctor and mother of two, Sarika feels that “Grow your own food” is the need of time. She was concerned about toxic chemical pesticides used on fruits and ...
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How to create a garden, Part 9

Rina Patwardhan, Pune Here is why and how Rina tai started garden Rina has done BSc. and MSc. in Horticulture and PHD in Special genetics and plant breeding. Wow!! Amazing, isn’t it? Asking Rina why she created garden is pointless; she had to 😊. Originally from Assam, Rina is settled ...
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How to create a garden, part 8

How to create a garden, part 8 Anjali Lele, Pune Here is why and how Anjali tai started garden Being a post-graduate in Botany, love for plants, backed up by solid knowledge defines Anjali tai. She has a garden on ground as well as on the terrace in Pune city ...
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School in Pune has terrace garden blossoming on dry leaves and nirmalya from 2000 households

Garden set up in the school premises, uses nirmalya from 2000 households. Organic matter goes back to the soil, nourishing it. It reduces stress on the river. 2000 students get connected, 2000 households become aware of environmental issues. Students bring nirmalya bags to school. No separate transportation is required. Nirmalya ...
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How to Create Terrace Garden Without Soil, Garden Visit 2

Kirti Bhave, Prabhat Road, Pune Meet Kirti Bhave, a passionate gardener, mother of two energetic kids. It is not possible to make terrace garden on her apartment building. Hence, Kirti has set up her garden on the terrace in her mother’s building, who stays 4-5 buildings away. This is the ...
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How to create terrace garden without soil, Part 6

Shamika Kulkarni, Pune Meet Shamika Kulkarni, an architect by profession, a passionate gardener with green at heart. She has very creatively woven her knowledge of landscape architecture into her garden. Garden is planned, but not manicured. She has managed to preserve the “wild” aspect while introducing order in elements. Here ...
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How to create terrace garden without soil, part 4

Bharati Barhate, Pune Take a turn into the lane from noisy Karve Road, with its heavy Pune traffic, impatient honking and entirely different world awaits you. It is the garden around the building or it is the building amidst the garden; difficult to tell the difference. Meet Bharati Jawale-Barhate. She ...
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How to create terrace garden without soil, Part 5

Amod Rahalkar, Pune It is Sadashiv peth, part of old city of Pune. Peth means sector. It was created in mid-18th century during the reign of Madhavrao Peshwa. Since then, it has only seen growth. One of the highly populated areas of Pune, narrow roads, cramped houses define Sadashiv peth ...
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