Urban Agriculture is slowly becoming the ‘in’ thing among people of the metropolises. The realm of kitchen gardening, growing one’s own food including medicinal herbs around homes and in the new acres’ near homes, is leading to a revolution of sorts.
Taking this step forward is University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore who are organising Urban Krishi Mela on October 27 and 28 at the Gandhi Krishi Vignana Kendra campus. “For the first time, on a mega scale, the University is organising this event mainly to address the issues of urban horticulture especially to help people grow their own food such as vegetables, fruits and medicinal plants by following organic culture practices,” said Dr B N Sathyanarayana Head of Horticulture at the University.
He added that the main purpose of the mela is to sow the seeds of transformation in the mindset of urbanites to use their spaces for the betterment of their health and their surroundings.
“The mela has been organised to make people aware about roof top gardening, vertical garden, community garden, kitchen garden etc. It has been divided into three parts, awareness- which includes workshops, exhibition- stalls on plants, pots and seeds and seminar on Urban Horticulture and Organic Roof Top Gardening for which you have to register. The other events are free of cost,” said Dr M Vasundhara, professor, Department of Horticulture, Medical and Aromatic Section.
She added that there is a growing need for more and more community and rooftop gardens in Bangalore as the number of apartments are increasing and people don’t have access to good vegetables.
“If all the waste lands, which are now filled with garbage were converted into community gardens, we can bring back the lost glory of our city.