The Jakkur Community Gardens project aimed to contribute to liveli-hoods as well as biodiversity around Jakkur lake through growing vegetables and a forest garden.

Kiri and her team from Ananas are trained permaculturists and aim to contribute to livelihoods as well as biodiversity around Jakkur lake through growing vegetables and a forest garden. A vegetable garden was layed out and local stakeholders like fishermen, residents and local users of the lake are trained to maintain it. In return they get to keep the produce. Yummy! The forest garden will eventually take care of itself and increase the living space for all the birds and critters around.

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By Kiri Meili, Ananas and Dr. Annapurna Kamath, Jala Poshan Trust

Project Start Date: April 2019

Contact: Ananas: info@ananas.design, JaLaPoshan Trust: jalaposhan@gmail.com

Status report & updates:

A vegetable garden was laid out and local stakeholders like fishermen, residents and local users of the lake trained to maintain it in return for the produce.The forest garden will eventually take care of itself and in-crease the living space for all the birds and critters around.The trees, shrubs and vegetables have all done well in the forest garden, earth garden and water garden including the guild near the fisherman’s house. There is now a gathering area and two benches for talks and re-laxation. Most of the monthly volunteer days always attract between15 and 30 volunteers. The water garden will next be planted with dense fruit trees and other saplings; the earth garden will also be more densely planted with edibles and the forest garden soil will be improved; thus the “design for neglect” will have been completed.