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Prakruthi: Coders Who Make Time to Nurture a Vegetable Garden

Thiruvananthapuram: On a bed of green one can spot brinjal, cucumber, herbs, beans and many more such edible organic delights. But this is no terrace garden or vegetable nursery in the city. It is near the Nila building in Technopark, on 25 cents, the result of a few green-thumb techies nurturing a love for health and

Thiruvananthapuram: On a bed of green one can spot brinjal, cucumber, herbs, beans and many more such edible organic delights. But this is no terrace garden or vegetable nursery in the city. It is near the Nila building in Technopark, on 25 cents, the result of a few green-thumb techies nurturing a love for health and farming. An initiative of Prakruthi, a voluntary organisation of Technopark working towards ‘Green thoughts and green living’, the group has had to face their own challenges to get this far.

Technopark-based voluntary organisation Prakruthi grows organic vegetables in a garden of 25 cents near Nila to promote the goodness of eating healthy

“We had initially planted some trees on a strip of land near the Tejaswani building, a year ago. But, we had to stop due to shortage of water. The new farm we have adjacent to Nila is near the sewage water treatment plant. We also have a well near the farm, so we hopefully won’t face a water shortage this time,” said Shagin TV, President, Prakruthi.

He, along with a group of people, including Biju Sundaram, Secretary of Prakruthi, started this initiative with the active support of the Technopark authorities over a month back. The Prakruthi team has sought the expertise of a coconut nursery in Kazhakootam. They procure samplings and grow bags from the nursery. Officials from there come to visit, dispensing suggestions on farming to the techies at the Park.

Prakruthi is also planning to organise classes on farming for those on campus very soon. The passionate ‘farmers’ water the plants in the morning and evening as per their shifts, and also supplement this with a lot of TLC (tender loving care) over the weekends.

“The Prakruthi members take home the harvest. We are not growing the plants for commercial purpose. More than sales, we want to create awareness and a model for organic farming,” added Shagin, who is quick to award full credit to Biju for his dedication to the farm. Treated sewage water and water from the well nearby meet the needs of the plants especially crops like spinach. Plans are on to add elements like a bamboo entrance to make it a little paradise.

The Prakruthi team takes great satisfaction in being approached by others on campus who are eager to know more about organic farming – a testimony to their efforts and vision to spread the message. Prakruthi was formed in 2015 by Natana, the cultural club of Technopark and Tejus, the blood donors’ group in the Park. Now, the organisation runs independently with 20 people as its members. They have been involved in various environmental activities in the city, especially in the promotion of non-plastic products, with the support of Dr. Vasuki IAS.

“We have the consistent support of VK Prasanth, Thiruvananthapuram Mayor and Shaiju, Kazhakootam Corporation Health Inspector for proper disposal of waste from the Park,” says Shagin. Prakruthi has also been promoting the sale of organic products on World Environment Day since two years.

 

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