How Green is My Balcony

After returning from Austin, Texas, Kapil Mandawewala began tilling his familys 22 acre land just outside Jamnagar in Gujarat. Mono-cropping of tomatoes paved the way for a farm designed on the principles of permaculture and mixed cropping that yielded seasonal and local produce along with herbs that were grown in a shade-net house.

Mandawewala established a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) system that facilitated the exchange of the produce between neighbouring districts in 2008. Six years later, he would set up Edible Routes, an organisation that provides step-by-step guidance on how to design and build urban organic landscapes in confined city-spaces such as balconies and terraces. School programmes and workshops that focus on kitchen gardening, composting, soil management, environmental conservation and regenerative eco-systems are the other intiatives by them.