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‘Let's Grow!’: An initiative by Grow Your Own Veggies
of Rs.7,00,000
7 supporters
  • Alladi

    Created by

    Alladi Mahadevan
  • GY

    This fundraiser will benefit

    Grow Your Own Veggies Trust

    from Chennai


We're reaching out to you to support our "Let's Grow" initiative which helps lower-income communities grow their own food. This initiative gives these communities the knowledge, tools and inputs with which they can grow their own organic food. We believe this will take these communities a step closer towards our ultimate goal of a world without hunger.

The fund collected would be used to develop 10 acres of land with short term, mid term and long term crops. The fund would be deployed as follows

Seeds & Saplings  (Short, Mid & Long Term) - Rs. 40,000/acre X 10 acres = Rs. 4,00,000
Irrigation set up (Syntax tanks & pipeline for irrigation for 10 acres) = Rs.70,000
Inputs (Cow Dung & other Organic Inputs) = Rs. 30,000
Farm Help 1 Male & 1 Female for one year
Male = Rs.10,000 X 12 months = Rs.1,20,000
Female = Rs.6,500 X 12 months = Rs.78,000

Total Estimated Expense = Rs. 6,92,000

1. Who We Are & What we do:

The Grow Your Own Veggies Trust is an International nonprofit organisation headquartered in Chennai, India. Our primary aim is to help communities, corporates, educational institutions, NGOs and governments achieve a number of goals including:
  • Urban Food Security
  • Soil and Water Conservation, 
  • Organic Farming Promotion 
  • Agricultural Sustainability 
  • Alleviation of Poverty & Hunger

2. What is "Let's Grow" and Why is it Important?

Our concept is very simple - we help communities grow their own organic food. We believe this is the most effective way of putting good organic food on their tables.
We utilise the free space within campuses to help communities grow native plants. We do this by giving them the inputs and tools, and the required practical lessons. We decide on the plant varieties based on factors including soil, water and weather. We then teach the residents to take care of the plants. This constitutes the ‘Let’s Grow’ initiative.
This concept is currently being put to action in Orphanages, Temples, Schools, Colleges and other Charitable Institutions. We seek funds to be able to replicate this work in many more communities.
We believe that it is a basic human right to have access to safe food. We are living under the threat of global food and water shortages. It is imperative that we take steps like this initiative if we are to have a chance at averting a food and water crisis. This is a global, and extremely grave, responsibility that we have as today’s citizens.

3. The model

Our model is aimed at hand-holding the project for an initial period of about 6 months. Once we have established a sustainable process and have transferred knowledge to the institutions and participants, we hand the initiative over to them to carry on in perpetuity.
Farming has some inherent risks attributable to the vagaries of nature. To protect against these, we implement a multi-cropping model. Multi-cropping satisfies the twin objectives of bio-diversity and reduced risk of crop loss. To ensure regular supplies of essentials while also making sure that input costs are met, our plans include an appropriate mix of Short, Medium and Long-term crops.

We also believe in preserving native varieties by promoting native plants of local origin wherever feasible. Our model also aims at creating a local seed bank, season-based sowing calendars, and generating natural inputs from within the field.

If a community can grow its own organic food that satisfies its nutritional needs, and at the same time create a green, clean sustainable food park in its campus, we consider our plan a success.

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