Intrepid city framers driven by ecological, health and economic concerns are growing food organically in smallest of domestic spaces
USEFUL LINKS• Dr BN Vishwanath of Bangalore can be contacted for workshops on urban farming for pleasure and profit on 28485717, 9845627217.
• Contact urban farming expert Deepak Heilekar of Marathi Vidnyan Parishad who organises workshops on urban farming at VN Purav Marg, Sion Chunabhatti,Mumbai 400 022 Phones: (022) 5224714/ 5226268
• For urban farming workshops and tips on making amrut mitti, blogs on urban farming and bragging about your farming successes log on to www.urbanleavesinindia.com. The site also has information on varieties that can and should be planted together and ones that one should avoid planting in the same pot, and detailed crop cycles, and charts on what to plant in specific months of the year and how long each crop takes to ripen.
• Visit www.prayogparivar.net for extensive data base on close to 300 members of Dabholkar’s Prayog Parivar attempting various innovative experiments in farming along with addresses and telephone numbers
• Visit www.watersmartpot.com for smart new containers that save water and allow for multiple cropping by efficient design that does away with the need to water from the top. Instead, Water Smart Pot takes the water to the roots thus saving on water. The system also prevents hardening of soil due to excessive watering and preserves useful bacteria.
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