Garden for India, sustainable land-use and collaboration for Mother Earth

Garden for India: A Sustainable Urban Land-Use Model

by Deeksha Chopra

Having achieved promising results in Africa and a huge support in Silicon Valley, USA, the Sustainable Urban Land-Use Model  is being introduced in India as the “Garden for India” project that shares the same vision. This is made possible through an alliance with Edible Routes – an ecologically conscious business that aims to create regenerative and diverse ecosystems that also provide food for your body and soul.

Sustainable Urban Land-Use Models envision sustaining human populations using an integrated approach that restores the local ecology of the soils, conserves water, supports growing global needs for food and presents strategies to support viable livelihoods–all through collaboration among multi-stakeholder groups in collective decision-making toward common goals.

In addition, the model aims to develop methodologies to record and monitor data to facilitate replication in various local ecosystems worldwide.

The major objectives of this model are to:

  • reduce CO2 emissions,
  • restore and enhance biodiversity,
  • restore local ecosystem services by water conservation and improved soil functions, while reintroducing locally native edible and medicinal plants as candidates for inclusion in the models,
  • share the models with schools and universities, featuring lesson plans and garden projects that teach children about their local ecology and sustainable food production skills,
  • connect food to water conservation, reuse, and cleansing,
  • connect food to waste and create waste management programs that are safe and cost effective, modeled after life cycles,
  • help develop other revenue generating cottage industries based on the regenerative farm model, and
  • introduce healthy nutritious food with many diverse choices.
Okra Plant at Farm8 Edible Routes

Partner Edible Routes is an earth and people first business.  Guidance on how to design, build and manage home gardens and edible landscapes is provided. The business shows that, with some garden space and dedication, people can easily grow locally and eat seasonally.

The project will be implemented at Edible Routes’ farm site located in New Delhi, India. The key features of this project include a regenerative farm and a teaching garden- based on the components of CNGF’s Flagship ELSEE model at San Jose, California.
Deeksha Chopra, Project Manager for this project and a part of CNGF’s International team, believes that this model would work well in India. Due to rapid urbanization that led to depleted ground water levels and increased air and water pollution, there is an urgent need to adopt practices to restore the ecology of the land. At the same time, we need to demonstrate that such models are also commercially and economically viable. Therefore, one of her objectives behind this project is to record its environmental and social impact, and understand how these can be replicated in other parts of the country

The proposed site

Farm 8, Aya Nagar, New Delhi, India

Drip irrigation system; photo by Deeksha Chopra

 

Plant Nursery onsite; Photo by Deeksha Chopra

 

Eggplant Plantation; Photo by Edible Routes

 

Project Team at Edible Routes

From Left: Kapil Mandawewala (Founder, CEO); Anna Zimmer (Farm Manager and Workshop Coordinator); Nabanita “Julie” Bajaj (Operations- Farms & Urban Gardens); Shipra (Accounts); Fazal Rashid (Operations – Farms & Urban Gardens).

 

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