Grow food anywhereby The Daily Eye Team June 23 2014, 11:55 am Estimated Reading Time: 0 mins, 59 secs
With innovative use of space, people in cities are reclaiming their right to safe food Sky is the limit for those who want to grow their own food, both literally and metaphorically. An increasing number of households in land-crunched cities are transforming the much-neglected terraces and rooftops, which were once best used for storing junk, into havens of beauty, greenery and food. In fact, they are innovating ways to use every inch of this space for reclaiming their right to safe, organic food; creative occupation; and pleasant surroundings.
Though there is no estimate for how many people are engaged in such activities, a Facebook group, Organic Terrace Gardening, has 19,000 members from across the country. Be it metropolises like Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Chennai or small cities like Nashik and Nagpur, people are forming gardening groups to learn from each other. The movement has caught on well in Bengaluru, which has an estimated 7,000 terrace or rooftop gardens. Everyone has a different reason for taking to terrace gardening. In Bengaluru, homemaker and composting enthusiast Vani Murthy found more compost on hand than she could give away, and she filled her terrace with planting pots.