GUWAHATI, Nov 11 � A team of enthusiasts has formed a society under the name and style of Urban Gardening Society, Assam (UGSA) in a bid to encourage and improve the concept of gardening and to foster green and environment friendly ambience in Guwahati. The objective of the Society is to promote the practice of urban gardening with special emphasis on organic farming, roof-top and balcony gardening, outdoor gardening etc, said a press release here.�
Home gardening is a smart investment, compared to both buying produce at the market and growing it traditionally in organic way. Also it saves money on healthy food that is better-tasting and highly nutritious.
For many people, a traditional garden may not be an option because lack of land, a lack of time, or difficulty in bending over to weed, they cannot grow their own fresh fruits and vegetables. Urban gardening can cost less than investing in all the tools and products needed to cultivate a traditional garden at home. Besides fresh food, working in the home garden provides benefits such as enjoyment from physical activity, physical work-out that enhances endurance, strength, mobility, flexibility, and mental relaxation.
The UGSA will offer four key services � identifying location-specific needs of gardening at urban areas; providing seeds, plants, bulbs, flowers, trees and shrubs; extending expert advice on all aspects of gardening; and garden beautification and aesthetic design through its line-up of 50 trained and professional gardeners (mali) and artists. The association will also extend urban garden service to public and private institutions.
Other future plans of the UGSA include: identification of problems and constraints involved in urban gardening, drawing up plans for an integrated research-extension linkage approach for gardening-based agriculture development, forging systematic linkages between national, State and district level institutions, ensuring capacity building of manpower engaged in urban gardening development, forging linkage between scientists, extension functionaries, technicians and urban residents, etc.
UGSA was formed on August 16, 2014 at Surya Auditorium in Guwahati. The Society has collaborated with horticultural and botanical institutions, plant societies and scientists to achieve its objective. It seeks to extend its service to interested public, students and professionals by arranging gardening workshops, field trips, exhibitions, competitions and more.
Presently, the office of the UGSA is based in Christianbasti in the city. To avail the gardening services, interested individuals/households and organizations can contact Altaf Mazid, Dr Sarat Saikia, Abhijit Barthakur and Nayan Prasad.