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Recap of the book talk with author Indira Naidoo

On December 16, 2015, the Tisch Food Center hosted Australian author Indira Naidoo, who spoke about her latest book, The Edible City.

When Indira Naidoo transformed her tiny thirteenth-floor balcony into a bountiful kitchen garden, it changed her life forever.  She joined the quiet revolution rolling through our cities – the army of urban gardeners turning concrete into crops, and harvests into hope.  She also came to realize that gardening spaces in cities are limited only by the imagination . . . 

Naidoo spoke wonderfully about how she came to start growing vegetables and herbs on her 13th floor apartment balcony--something that was not always intuitive for her. She went through a series of slides, photographs from her beautiful urban garden in which she grows foods like chard, carrots, tomatoes and potatoes.

Naidoo painted some lovely moments for us, like how her worms feel in her hands and how good the rich nutritive soil they produce smells, and how her former fear of bees grew into a sweet relationship as she learned how important the bees were to pollinate the flowers of her vegetable plants. Her love for urban gardening has now extended beyond her own balcony, as she works in the community with schools and organizations, getting her hands in the soil and helping others grow their own food. 

Indira Naidoo helped us gain appreciation for the small steps we can all take to eat more sustainably, and thus, more healthfully. After the book talk, we took a walk down to our own mini vegetable garden at Teachers College, and Naidoo gave us some useful tips for the season ahead.

Published Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015

Recap of the book talk with author Indira Naidoo

When Indira Naidoo transformed her tiny thirteenth-floor balcony into a bountiful kitchen garden, it changed her life forever.  She joined the quiet revolution rolling through our cities – the army of urban gardeners turning concrete into crops, and harvests into hope.  She also came to realize that gardening spaces in cities are limited only by the imagination . . . 

Naidoo spoke wonderfully about how she came to start growing vegetables and herbs on her 13th floor apartment balcony--something that was not always intuitive for her. She went through a series of slides, photographs from her beautiful urban garden in which she grows foods like chard, carrots, tomatoes and potatoes.

Naidoo painted some lovely moments for us, like how her worms feel in her hands and how good the rich nutritive soil they produce smells, and how her former fear of bees grew into a sweet relationship as she learned how important the bees were to pollinate the flowers of her vegetable plants. Her love for urban gardening has now extended beyond her own balcony, as she works in the community with schools and organizations, getting her hands in the soil and helping others grow their own food. 

Indira Naidoo helped us gain appreciation for the small steps we can all take to eat more sustainably, and thus, more healthfully. After the book talk, we took a walk down to our own mini vegetable garden at Teachers College, and Naidoo gave us some useful tips for the season ahead.

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