India: Archana Stalin found her true calling in reviving gardening and farming among the urban population

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Born in a village in Theni district and raised in Chennai, Archana aspired to be an IAS officer but ended up in engineering.

Archana was bitten by the nature bug in the sixth grade. “I was always proactive and contributed my best for environment conservation drives at college as well.”

By Uttara Bhattacharya
Deccan Chronicle.
Nov 28, 2018

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Today the initiative has come a long way and currently the couple farms 5 acres in outer Chennai. “Initially we made compost pits at our home and created a small kitchen garden to grow spinach. It soon extended and we planted all over our kitchen garden and filled our terrace with lots of vegetables. We ate all that we grew and realised at our family was eating healthy stuff and becoming stress-free too,” says an elated Archana.

Many of her friends requested the couple to establish small gardens on their terraces. This was the eureka moment. Archana and Stalin launched “myHarvest” which enables people to eat what they grow. myHarvest helped many people set up terrace gardens and also rent farms to grow vegetables of their choice.

myHarvest wants to inculcate the spirit of farming in the younger generation. Archana and her team have several programmes for children. ‘Reconnect with Nature’ aims to make children more eco-sensitive and encourage them to grow plants. “We let the children explore nature, create a garden at school, grow vegetables, make their own food with vegetables grown by them. We teach them the basics of farming. At school, we are trying to bring in the UN 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) to transform our world by setting up a green lab – a green space to love nature,” says Archana.

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