My Farm, an awareness programme on rooftop vegetable gardening, was conducted on the premises of Agrini apartment complex in Andalpuram in view of World Environment Day.
Speakers at the event spoke of the merits of growing one’s own fruits and vegetables. They also addressed the need to conserve water, bearing in mind the drought-like situation in the State.
Arul Prakasam, president of Periyar Irrigation Farmers’ Association, spoke on how water, a precious commodity, was wasted in the city.
G.O. Boopathi, Deputy Director of Horticulture, spoke on easy methods to raise spinach and radish. He said that a rooftop garden needed sunlight, water, soil and air. He displayed Terrace Garden Kits that were available forRs. 200 under Urban Horticulture Development Scheme.
Many of the participants cleared their doubts on gardening, such as the right fertilizers and pesticides. A couple, Sarala Jothi and her husband Jegajothi. T.P., said the programme was useful.
Gather2Grow, an organisation led by Archana Deiva and Nambirajan, reiterated the need for community gardening. Saplings were given to participants at the end of the event. The Hindu was the media partner, G.K. Advertising, the event partner, and Pothy’s, the cause partner for the event.