City-based architect converts terraces into productive landscapes – Hindustan Times

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City-based architect converts terraces into productive landscapes – Hindustan Times

Lockdown has been tough on many professionals, however, Saleel Savarkar, a city-based architect and urban designer has found a way to release stress and convert it into a sound investment.

Savarkar cofounded My Homestead, an urban farming company with likeminded friends who help people convert their terraces into productive landscapes.

“Gardening is all soulful searching. It is all about life and passion and at a time when the pace of life was in peril, the pace of growing plants seemed more encouraging and blissful. It was my single source of enjoyment and encouragement. My garden has a unique blend of fully trees popping into it and my own planted shrubbery,” said Savarkar.

He lives in a quaint family in a condominium complex in Erandwane. Calling it as level four of his house, this barren terrace has now become the reason to look forward to, being together and sharing and generating positive vibes with family members and friends.

“As an avid gardener, I had always found my love for plants often not matching the mark of my actions. The lockdown following the global pandemic last year gave us an opportunity to relook at a vacant terrace space and reimagining it as a thriving mini ecosystem. It has been a year into this process of gardening and home farming that have been a seamless integration into my daily routine,” he added.

Over the years, the terrace seemed to have gathered over 100 pots lying unused. What started off as a sowing
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