Kitchen gardens

Photo2854 resizedKitchen gardens supply a steady source of vegetables for farming families; they strengthen food security, making them less vulnerable to fluctuating vegetable prices that would otherwise limit nutrient intake. Over the past few months, we have trained more than 4900 women farmers across 102 villages in innovative methods such as the permaculture method and the raised-bed technique, which maximize space and productivity, enabling them to set up and manage their own kitchen gardens in a sustainable manner. The training covered a variety of topics on the subject, including area selection, appropriate seed treatment methods, sowing and maintenance. Providing women with a strong support system throughout the process is the network of community resource persons and mahila sathis that we have worked to build.

With time, as farmers continue to cultivate in them from year to year, DSC03343 resizedkitchen gardens bring about in-situ conservation of seeds and enrich the biodiversity of an area. In the initial stages, however, the extensive biodiversity loss that has taken place over the past few decades in both Chitradurga and Ramanagara means that access to good quality indigenous vegetables seeds is a challenge for farmers. At GREEN we aim to address these concerns by distributing seed kits to community members. Close to 1000 women farmers from 18 panchayaths were given seed kits containing a variety of indigenous varieties.

Ramanagara District: kitchen garden details
Total number of taluks covered
1
Total number of hoblis covered
1
Total number of Gram Panchayaths covered
9
Total number of villages covered
61
Total number of SHGs covered
128
Total number of trainings carried out
90
Total number of participants
1903
Period
1.07.2012 to 16.08.2012
Faculties/Resource persons
5

Chitradurga District: kitchen garden details
Total number of taluks covered
3
Total number of hoblis covered
5
Total number of Gram Panchayaths covered
18
Total number of villages covered
41
Total number of SHGs covered
211
Total number of trainings carried out
92
Total number of participants
3006
Period
11.06.2012 to 16.08.2012
Faculties/Resource persons
5