With every passing day the number of people interested in knowing where their food comes from is rising in the city. Though kitchen gardening has been a traditional concept in our country, the contemporary trend of using terraces and balconies for growing vegetables is something rather new. It is in fact quietly becoming a popular hobby for many Delhites. A lot of health conscious folks who cannot push the thought of those excessive chemicals being used to grow food these days are gradually forming a community for sharing their experiences and information. Of course high rates of inflation are a big incentive too! There are also a lot of people who are increasingly practicing urban farming as a means of staying close to nature in the dense concrete layers of Delhi.
One such community is being cultivated by an organic farming company based in Delhi called ‘Edible Routes’. Steered by a group of ten highly motivated individuals with a strong commitment to farming this company was established in 2014. They are led by Kapil Mandawewala, who is an information systems man by profession. He brings his eight years of farming experience from his family farm in Jamnagar to organise training workshops for schools, colleges and corporate groups. For those of you who are strongly interested in this area, but cannot afford to attend their paid workshops, worry not! You can join them on their weekly urban terrace hangouts at the Moustache Hostel for free. If you want to experience farming in the more traditional sense you can try out their soon to be opened land based farm in Aya nagar.
Another interesting community farming experience that we hear of is the urban village of Khirki. This project was actually initiated by a couple of shopkeepers of Khirki, who were joined by a couple of individuals from Khoj who were interested in strengthening the urban gardening scene in Delhi. After running the exploration of community spaces for urban farming in the village of Khirki, some of them like Kush Sethi have taken to terrace farming more actively now.
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Where: Moustache Hostel, S 25, Greater Kailash I.
Nearest Metro Station: Kailash Colony station + a 10-min rickshaw ride for Edible Routes.
Malviya Nagar + 5 min auto ride for Khirki.