Towards a Greener Generation: Lessons from Urban Gardening in Pune’s Ahilyadevi High School for Girls

Maitreyi Koduganti, Swarnika Sharma | 2023


“Very few people in our generation know what maati [soil] is. I feel proud that I can do all this in school. Learning how to grow, compost and connect with nature at such a young age are things that will create a greater impact on our mind in the long run,” notes a 15-year-old student of Ahilyadevi High School for Girls in Pune. The school is among the few educational institutes in India that gardens in a dense urban locality. However, the school’s journey into urban agriculture started with a rather different objective — waste management.