PARTICIPANT / Kush Sethi

  • Name Kush Sethi
  • Country India
 

Kush Sethi majored in Green Chemistry from University of York (2013) and began working in Delhi on Urban ecology based projects since.

 

Sethi started as a researcher with ‘Toxics Link’ to map & study the Delhi Ridge for advocacy & outreach. He was part of KHOJ’s Negotiating Food Project where he facilitated the residents in Hauz Rani to grow in their homes & shared spaces. In addition to this, he designed social media communications for ‘Delhi, I Love You’, Khoj, India Rivers Week and the ‘Delhi Walk Festival’.

 

Currently he is practicing independently as an urban garden designer focusing on DIY, lazy and wild landscapes. He also conducts curated walk tours around urban ecology.

It started as a Community | Art | Ecology project with support from Khoj International Artists Association and ran for 6 months in Khirkee Village and its neighbouring areas.

Aastha Chauhan (curator), Shraddha Solanki (organic gardener) and Kush Sethi (myself) made interventions in khirkee to identify and work with urban community spaces for farming, composting and sharing.

The urban farming experience made me question my reasons. I was unsure about the idea of practising urban farming to even partially replace the commercial food supply system. However I was convinced that I wanted to shift towards growing a low input garden with perennial, native and hardy plants (including food).

So I began making making efforts on:

  • a Terrace type garden system;
    • I am designing roof top solutions for my home that could work on minimal resources (including time).
    • Finding and innovating with waste materials for planters, trying ways to reuse waste water / reduce irrigation and experimenting with composting techniques.
  • Studying wild plants growing across Delhi’s untouched properties and roadsides;
    • This is an attempt to question the need for manicured and unsustainable public greening by municipalities.
    • To see the beauty in wild plants through their medicinal properties, aesthetics and their role in urban ecosystems.