Living in a city and being environmentally conscious might seem almost impossible in today’s world. But some Mumbai residents are trying to show that there are ways to care for the environment and cultivate a healthy lifestyle even while living in concrete jungles.
The residents of Monisha society in Bandra have converted their building’s terrace into a lush organic farm.
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Piya Reddy and four other people from the residential complex started growing vegetables and fruits on the terrace in December last year. They recycle wet waste produced in the society and use it as compost for their farm. Started by a small group of residents, the endeavour is now supported by all 24 households in the society.
“Recycling and caring about environment is almost a habit now. I have been personally segregating waste for more than eight years,” Reddy told Hindustan Times.
A variety of vegetables and herbs ranging from chillies, tomatoes, brinjals, and curry leaves to parsley, celery, spinach, mint, lime, and basil are grown in the garden. There are around 55 baskets of 15 different vegetables.
The society also composts waste in a unique way. “We call it ‘Amrit Mitti’. It is a mix of cow urine, cow dung and neem leaves, which adds to the fertility of the soil and helps get a better produce. It also acts as a pesticide, albeit a natural one,” said another resident.
The residents took advice for the garden from a waste management company called Start Upcycling Now (SUN).