How green is my terrace garden

August 30 is World Kitchen Garden Day. In addition to workshops and a balcony garden tour, there will probably be a digital Oota From Your Thota in reminiscence of BN Vishwanath Kadur’s motto, eat what you develop, and develop what you eat

Agricultural Entomologist and concrete gardener BN Vishwanath Kadur, President and founding father of Garden City Farmers, and the person behind the favored Oota out of your Thota fete, died in Bengaluru on August 9 after a chronic sickness. Kadur began propagating terrace gardening in 1995 and on this silver jubilee 12 months, Kadur will probably be remembered with a number of on-line occasions on August 30, which is additionally World Kitchen Garden Day. At 10 am there will probably be a gardening workshop by Sanjeev Jaganmohan adopted by a balcony garden tour by Hariram PS ( Call 9448629528)

Rajendra Hegde who holds a doctorate in Agricultural Entomology from the University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad and was a detailed affiliate of Kadur says, “I came into contact with Kadur in 2005. We conducted umpteen live sessions of terracegardening and took part in national seminars to propagate science and sustainability involved in growing crops in containers. Karnataka has nearly a lakh homes with green terraces and balconies today, thanks to Kadur’s efforts.” Hegde spoke to MetroPlus about Kadur and his tireless efforts to propagate terrace gardening.


What did city gardens meant to Kadur

Vishwanath Kadur was a easy, down-to-earth individual. He by no means appeared for accolades. He was a multi-faceted persona — he was additionally a very good photographer and theatre actor. He promoted rising fruit and veggies in containers following easy, natural processes. He checked out terrace gardening as a manner of changing moist waste into compost, harvesting rainwater and recycling home, gray water for gardening.

What has been the impact of Kadur’s efforts?

Kadur’s efforts had been a green motion. He sensitised city people on the significance of rising meals with workshops and stay demonstrations. Both of us studied varied crops and the feasibility of rising them in containers at dwelling. People’s responses to rising meals crops in containers instead of ornamentals had hundreds of energetic terrace gardeners develop on a mean 60 % of their weekly necessities.

How many workshops did you conduct yearly?

We began paid, month-to-month workshops from 2005. We additionally had weekend periods in several organisations. We carried out practically 50 workshops yearly on city foodscapes/terrace gardening in lots of cities together with Hyderabad, Vishakapatanam, Chennai, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Lucknow, Bhubaneshwar and Gorakhpur. As we had been each Agricultural Entomologists, our thought course of progressively tailored natural strategies with the need of protected meals, seeds, containers, planting and design.

Could you speak about Oota From Your Thota (OFYT), which was a runaway success?

In 2010, we thought we must always do these occasions underneath our personal banner. So we fashioned Garden City Farmers, an NGO. We began getting queries commonly on availability of seeds, seedlings, rising medium, containers, and plant safety. When we began Garden City Farmers, we thought workshops alone wouldn’t assist selling terrace gardens. We wanted to additionally assist folks with their gardening necessities. That was the set off to start out Oota out of your Thota, a terrace gardening exhibition and sale. We inspired many kids/distributors to plan and provide gardening objects. We carried out 35 OFYT, and the subsequent one on Sunday will probably be on-line.

How did you create the syllabus for the workshops?

We didn’t know a lot about container gardening initially however working with farmers enriched us. We learnt and formatted the syllabus for workshops. Kadur promoted the thought of meals crops, on the premise of Grow what you eat and eat what you develop. Though we weren’t in opposition to the ornamentals, lawns or flower vegetation, we actively promoted rising greens, fruits, medicinal vegetation in containers.


Vishwanath Kadur’s son, Sandesh, wildlife photographer and documentary filmmaker, says on telephone that he is each completely happy and unhappy to proceed his father’s legacy. “I am lucky to be from a family that is deeply connected to environment and nature. My grandfather, Professor Narayan, was the Head of the Department in Botany in Mysore. My father studied social insects and was Associate Professor in the University of Agricultural Sciences in Bengaluru.”

Sandesh grew up in a campus filled with bugs and Kadur inspired him to make use of a magnifying glass to observe grasshoppers and different bugs. “This initially gave me the impetus to appreciate the never-ending macro world around me, and created a connection between me and the critters we often ignore.” Sandesh says his father took him to the Western Ghats, a improbable biodiversity hotspot.

Sandesh has been listening to many individuals from throughout India talk about Kadur. “I know that my father’s passion, Oota from your Thota was contagious and it ignited enthusiasm in people to follow his work. Little did my father realise that his passion would be so infectious.”

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