Earlier, a break from work meant heading straight towards the coffee machine or for a quick stroll, but now, employees at Embassy Manyata Business Park in Bengaluru head to their own vegetable patch to have a look at their greens in their mini gardens!
As part of the initiative ‘Urban Green,’ the employees can now indulge in some gardening or farming within the compound of their office, an exercise aimed at helping them de-stress.
Nearly 70 employees own their own vegetable gardens, with over 400 more waiting for their turn. The initiative, spread over three large plots in the park, makes everything available – including manure.
While some employees have been enjoying their stint with farming and are even sharing their produce with family and friends, for some, the initiative has had a deeper impact.
“My perspective towards food has changed since I started this, as I respect the process of growing food. The struggle of farmers in places such as Mandya has started making sense to me now. I have even managed to get a group of children in my apartment to start planting saplings,” senior platform engineer Shreshta Kumar Sahu told The Hindu.
There are plans to allot one plot for every building in the coming months.