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Bangalore ukm october 2013 chennai

  1. 1. URBAN COMMUNITY GARDENS An Experiment in Community and Urban Permaculture Chennai
  2. 2. Chennai and Urban Gardening • Individual OTG and OTGG • Prison Farms • Community gardens – private spaces • Community gardens – public spaces • Pavement gardens
  3. 3. • Working with nature • Open source and open access knowledge • Healthy Food for All • Building Community • Gardening as a Political Act
  4. 4. reStore Gardens Initiatives • Events/Workshops • World Kitchen Garden Day August 2012 (Launch) • National Urban Gardening Conference Jan 2013 • Permaculture Intro workshops • Joy of Giving 2012 and 2013 • Locations • Pavement Gardens (Dharmesh, Anita, Shakuntala, Radhika) • Kottivakam • Urur Kuppam/Pudiyadhor • Cancer Institute
  5. 5. Two initiatives • Urban • Public Spaces • Many stakeholders • Difficult spaces to work with Urban Permaculture Build Community Open Source Open Access
  6. 6. Pudiyador’s Urur Kuppam CenterA GARDEN IN THE SAND
  7. 7. December 2012 SAND – LOTS OF IT! Replete with concrete chunks and litter.
  8. 8. December 2012: We cleaned up the backyard. Then created beds from leaf litter from SPACES. Beds lined with green coconut shells – waste collected from the beachside vendors. Urban waste being put to good use.
  9. 9. We started with planting Karpuravalli and moong/ green gram. Karpooravalli because its indestructible and grows quickly. Moong because it grows quickly and fixes nitrogen. When growing with children, we need to see quick results.
  10. 10. We started a nursery in re-cycled containers – juice boxes, plastic containers, milk sachets.
  11. 11. Sack Garden, Jan 2012
  12. 12. Jan 2012: The spinach (palak) started as a small stem in a sack. The cutting we got from a visit to Solitude farm in Auroville.
  13. 13. The Palak, still rooted in the sack. But growing lush.
  14. 14. Climbing on a lattice we created out of waste bamboo
  15. 15. October 2013: Forming a dense canopy. Jaya (in the pic) takes care of the garden with the children.
  16. 16. The rocky hillock – Now growing papaya, cucumber, greens, drumstick. You can see the chunks of rock coming through as the leaf litter and bagasse decompose
  17. 17. Brinjal – after several being cooked, we left this one for seeds.
  18. 18. Before…. . …After
  19. 19. Jan 2013 October 2013
  20. 20. There is still a LOT of sand
  21. 21. But we also have a garden in the sand. One that nourishes the children in many ways.
  22. 22. As we learn and reflect…. • Importance of constant visual results • “Eek” to “Wow!” • Reconnecting children with growing and nature • Introducing traditional herbs • Creating access to fresh and nutritious food • Provides positive opportunities for children to contribute and see capability from physical activities • Spreading the message – other centers want to grow their own • Therapeutic effect on children • Continuity and Management of garden
  23. 23. Adyar Cancer Institute, ChennaiTHE “URBAN” IN PERMACULTURE
  24. 24. Vision A natural, sustainable and edible community garden that is created by volunteers and the CI Community in the spirit of voluntary engagement and the joy of giving. An environment which is happy, peaceful, safe for the children and sustainable for the environment An edible community space, where people contribute and share in the garden’s “fruits”.
  25. 25. N Scope of work Kitchen Mahesh Memorial Pediatric Ward Ward Gate Site identified for permaculture based natural gardens Gate
  26. 26. What we started with
  27. 27. June 2013 April 2013
  28. 28. October 2013
  29. 29. Banana Patch April Oct Aug
  30. 30. Front beds Oct 2013 May 2013
  31. 31. Outcomes
  32. 32. “Waste” Biomass from Local Resources
  33. 33. Other “Waste”
  34. 34. Rain water harvesting using debris
  35. 35. Sheet Mulching
  36. 36. Composting May 2013 July 2013
  37. 37. Building Community
  38. 38. Ecosystem
  39. 39. Harvest
  40. 40. Lessons • From principles to practice to results • Herb Spiral • Raised beds • Amrit Mitti • Match of expectations between stakeholders • Generate soil at scale • Scale needs committed volunteers • Consistency – seeing the same people doing a-typical things. • Waste is a HUGE resource • Spreading and sharing the commitment – made easier by the fact that it is a pediatric ward.
  41. 41. You can do a lot with very little. The journey is as important as the destination For more information: info@restoregardens.org

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