Monday, December 9, 2013

Great news!!!

Jai Sai Master!

Hey there...

It has been so long since we have posted something. But now I have great news to share. There were a lot of changes in the gardens about which we were talking till now. They have been made into organic food forests. There is a magazine released named 'Gardens of Abundance'. And there is also a website click here to go and facebook page click here to go. We a group of 20 people here have attended PDC (Permaculture design certificate course) under Dwarakanath Jnaneswar (known here as DJ). Basically Permaculture works on three simple ethics : 1. Earth Care    2. People Care    3. Fair share
It is a designing a system which is self-sustaining, resilient and self-sufficient. "Creatively use and respond to change" is a Permaculture principle which inspired me to think of the upcoming world crisis and find a solution for me and my family. I seriously didn't want PESTICIDES as my food and so started to work on it. We have been doing terrace (rooftop) gardening for years, and then people were asking for workshops on rooftop garden setup and maintenance. Then under the banner of 'Gardens of Abundance' there was a program started called 'gather2garden' which is a freindly participatory educational and fun experience about how to establish rooftop gardens in urban areas. The first workshop was held in Nagole, Hyderabad on 8th December 2013. It has been a big hit and we are looking forward for more events all over the country. Around 55 people attended the event and everyone were very happy and delighted. Some of the photos and comments of some of the participants were as follows :

"It was an awesome experience for all of us. You guys are doing a great job not just to yourself but great contribution to the country. Would like to participate in your activities every week hereafter. would like to thank you all by name and name once again for your host."
                                                                                                               -J. Paratpar Rao

"Wonderful experience that cannot be described in words. The patience with which you and your team answered all questions is amazing. Truly, plants teach to be patient."
                                                                                                               -Vanisree Karumuri

                                    Morning session on the rooftop expling about the potting mix

                                                       Post lunch question-answer session
                                                       Established rooftop garden tour
Food forests tour

"We don't have time" says Dwarakanath(known as DJ locally). Not enough if only one person changes, but that each of us has to take ownership and change our neighborhood, our city. It gave me goosebumps when he said : "Give me the city design and I will bring down temp by 6-7 degree and cut the pollution by 30%. Not just for us, and the generations to come". At urban rooftop edible garden workshop by Gardens of Abundance"
                                                                                                               - Bhavana Nissima
"One of the most meaningful interactions I've had in ages...each of you radiated so much positivity and, thank you" 
                                                                                                                -Rama Regula