Urban Leaves India

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

[REGISTRATIONS CLOSED] CHILDREN'S WORKSHOP ON CITY-FARMING ON 9TH NOVEMBER 2014

Early morning sun with song and laughter in the air, children in the outdoor, work and play as they learn along the way...

Urban Leaves invites registrations for A Morning On The Farm.
Discover an Urban Farm at Don Bosco Provincial House. Get cosy with soil and creatures of the farm. Green a planter out of waste to help Mother Earth. Taste her bounty at Seva Café and most importantly, take home seeds and ideas to start your very own kitchen garden.

DATE:
Sunday, 9th of November 2014

TIME:

8:30 AM to 10:30 AM

VENUE:

Urban Leaves Roof-top Community Farm,
Don Bosco Provincial House,
Matunga (East),
Mumbai - 400017

REQUIRED AGE GROUP: 

7-12 years only
The workshop is designed for the age group of 7-12 years. Children below 9 years need to be accompanied by an adult. 
If your children are younger/older and do not fall in this age group, please do not be disheartened. Workshops for children in other age groups are also being planned. If you are an interested parent of a younger/older child, please fill your details in "INTERESTED IN FUTURE CHILDREN'S WORKSHOP" form given below and we will get back to you with our plans for future workshops.
"INTERESTED IN FUTURE CHILDREN'S WORKSHOP"

CONTRIBUTION: 
Rs 500/- each for children. (Rs. 400 for children of donors)
Rs 300/- each for adults (Rs. 250 for donors) in case the child is being accompanied by an adult. Due to space constraints, just one adult per child preferred.

You are welcome to contribute more if you can. Your contributions will go towards extending the city-farming experience to children who cannot afford it or supporting our community farms. Do indicate your preference when you contribute.

INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. Children to come in rough and tough clothes, a cap too is advisable for the sun.
  2. They need to carry drinking water, a snack and a hand towel.
  3. The workshop will be recorded on camera and images of participants may be used by Urban Leaves on our website and FB page to create awareness about city-farming for all ages. 

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT DETAILS
PLEASE FILL THE FORM AT THE LINK GIVEN BELOW TO REGISTER FOR THE WORKSHOP. Please ensure that you fill in your PROPER EMAIL ADDRESS as further communication from us will be sent to this address.

Payment can be made via Bank Transfer/NEFT, Cheque/Cash Deposit in Bank, Cash payment to a volunteer.

BANK TRANSFER/NEFT DETAILS
(We recommend this mode as it is the quickest and requires the least effort. It can be executed through net-banking or through your bank branch.)
Bank:
State Bank of Hyderabad
IFSC Code of Bank:
SBHY0020408
Address of the Branch:
1st Road, Near M-Ward Office, Chembur Mumbai 400071
Account Name:  
VIDYA VAARIDHI TRUST
Type of Bank A/c:
Savings
Saving Account No:
52009032981
PAN Number of Trust:
AAATV2294B

CASH/CHEQUE DEPOSIT IN STATE BANK OF HYDERABAD
Please visit a State Bank of Hyderabad branch to deposit your contribution into the "VIDYA VAARIDHI TRUST" account with details as given above.

Please use the link given below to locate a branch in Mumbai/Thane
Select the state as Maharashtra and city as "Greater Bombay" or "Thane" for listing branches in Mumbai or Thane


CASH PAYMENT TO A VOLUNTEER
Cash can be deposited with Urban Leaves volunteers located in various parts of Mumbai. Please select the desired location in the registration form. You will be emailed the details of the Urban Leaves volunteer to contact for depositing the contribution.

For any questions please email: events [DOT] urbanleaves [ AT ] gmail [ DOT ] com

Friday, July 18, 2014

Using bamboo in urban farms - Workshop on 26th-27th July 2014

Come monsoon and all farmers whether urban rooftop or large scale feel the need of trellises. Almost all our monsoon veggies i.e. Doodhi, Karela, Sponge Gourd, Little Gourd, Ridge Gourd need trellises. So do our beautiful ornamental flowers. 

Our community farm at Don Bosco Matunga also needs these for our growing farm. So join us to make trellises, entrance archways, supports, hangers etc...on Saturday and Sunday 26th & 27th July morning 8 am to 1.00 pm. 

( Pic below is for representation only...Referred from this website)


The event promises to be exciting, fun filled learning activity for teenagers, children with their parents, all practicing urban farmers/gardeners.There is some activity for all age groups.

Tushar Kelkar, who practices eco- friendly architecture, will be here with us these two days to guide us build them.
Tushar's Facebook page

DATES: Saturday, 26th July 2014
Sunday, 27th of July 2014
INTERESTED PARTICIPANTS CAN ATTEND BOTH DAYS OR ONE DAY IF IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO ATTEND BOTH DAYS.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CONTENT OF BOTH THE DAYS WILL BE DIFFERENT. TIME:
8:00 AM to 1:00 PM 

VENUE:
Urban Leaves Rooftop Community Farm
Don Bosco Provincial House,
Don Bosco School Campus,
Opposite Khalsa College,
Matunga(East),
Mumbai - 400019.


CONTRIBUTION:
Rs. 300/- per participant per day
Rs. 250/- per participant per day in case of patrons/donors. Please do fill in your Patron ID in the field provided, when filling the registration form. INSTRUCTIONS:
  • For confirmation of registration, please remit your contribution before 25TH JULY 2014.
  • Please bring a notepad and pen to take notes.
  • Please carry some snacks/tiffin if required as food will not be served at this workshop. 
  • Umbrellas will prohibit you from working in case it rains so please carry appropriate rain wear which will allow you to work.
  • Images of participants may be used by Urban Leaves on our website and Facebook page to create awareness about city-farming for all ages.
REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT DETAILS PLEASE FILL THE FORM AT THE LINK GIVEN BELOW TO REGISTER FOR THE WORKSHOP. Please ensure that you fill in your PROPER EMAIL ADDRESS as further communication from us will be sent to this address. USING BAMBOO IN URBAN FARMS WORKSHOP REGISTRATION FORM Payment can be made via Bank Transfer/NEFT, Cheque/Cash Deposit in Bank, Cash payment to a volunteer or Cheque couriered to us.

BANK TRANSFER/NEFT DETAILS
We recommend this mode as it is the quickest and requires the least effort. It can be executed through net-banking or through your bank branch.
Bank:
State Bank of Hyderabad
IFSC Code of Bank:
SBHY0020408
Address of the Branch:
1st Road, Near M-Ward Office, Chembur Mumbai 400071
Account Name:  
VIDYA VAARIDHI TRUST
Type of Bank A/c:
Savings
Saving Account No:
52009032981
PAN Number of Trust:
AAATV2294B


CASH/CHEQUE DEPOSIT IN STATE BANK OF HYDERABAD
Please visit a State Bank of Hyderabad branch to deposit your contribution into the "VIDYA VAARIDHI TRUST" account with details as given above.

Please use the link given below to locate a branch in Mumbai/Thane.
Select the state as Maharashtra and city as "Greater Bombay" or "Thane" for listing branches in Mumbai or Thane.


CASH PAYMENT TO A VOLUNTEER
Cash can be deposited with Urban Leaves volunteers located in various parts of Mumbai. Please select the desired location in the registration form. You will be emailed the details of the Urban Leaves volunteer to contact for depositing the contribution.


CHEQUE COURIERED TO US
Please draw a cheque in favor of  "VIDYA VAARIDHI TRUST" and courier to:
VIPUL SANGHAVI
Vardhaman Plastochem Pvt. Ltd.,
Kasturi Bldg, Sanghavi Corporate Park,
Behind USV Ltd. , Off Govandi Station Road,
Govandi (E),
Mumbai - 400088

Please write the Participant's name (in case the cheque is sent by someone else), registration number and contact number on the back of the cheque and  please do mention "URBAN LEAVES: WORKSHOP ON USING BAMBOO IN URBAN FARMS" on the envelope.



For any questions please email: events [DOT] urbanleaves [ AT ] gmail [ DOT ] com

Thursday, June 5, 2014

From the eyes of a volunteer of a children's workshop

There we were, wondering if the little ones, an age group of 4 to 7 years, would be up for farm work, for getting their hands down and dirty. They walked around the farm at MNP, counting the custard apples on the tree and marveling at the pineapple, before settling down to learn how to make a self-watering can and what the plants needed to survive and grow. Sure, plant food is great but can we do some experiments, they said happily mixing the soil and compost, sticking the stickers on the cans and asking when they could sow some seeds in the beds.


Seeds go down....

Salad making and squashing tomatoes? Bring it on, the kids seemed to say after they’d all planted some spinach in their containers and headed to the Seva café to make and eat some breakfast. 

Squashing tomatoes!!

There were also beds to be made but the summer sun was beating down and we thought they’d be tired. Surprisingly, most hung around, including the tiniest who after having enthusiastically pish-pashed tomatoes, dug-up dirt and helped carry buckets of it to fill up a bed. 


Bed-making ...do we sleep in it after ...

We think it’s safe to bet that they’ll be back to check on the bhindi and corn seeds they sowed. And teach us that children can farm too.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

WORKSHOP ON PRUNING OF PLANTS ON 25TH MAY 2014

In our continuing quest to expand our knowledge of taking proper care of plants, we are pleased to announce a Workshop on Pruning of plants. Proper pruning of trees/plants has a major impact on their growth and productivity. Properly pruned trees/plants are likely to have greater strength, health and productivity than trees that are not pruned, especially on urban rooftop farms.



The Prayog Parivar has through experiments and keen observation, mastered the art of pruning trees. It is our endeavour to share this knowledge with urban farmers/gardeners. 

SPEAKER: 
Shri. Deepak Suchde
The workshop will be conducted by Shri Deepak Suchde who is the CEO of the Malpani Trust, Dewas, Madhya Pradesh. Taking inspiration from Dr. Shripad Dabholkar, the father of Natueco Farming, Shri Deepak Suchde has been practicing Natueco Farming for the last 20 years. He is currently working at the Krushi Tirth farm on the banks of river Narmada at Bajwada in Dewas, Madhya Pradesh. He will be sharing the knowledge gained by him from the experiments of various prayog parivar members and his experience on the farm. Use the links below to know more about his work. http://www.beyondorganicfarming.in/
http://www.amrutkrushi.com

WHAT WILL YOU LEARN IN THE WORKSHOP:
  • Why pruning is necessary
  • When should we prune or not prune plants
  • Advantages of pruning
  • Steps in pruning
  • Equipment/tools used for pruning
  • Pruning fruit trees, veggie saplings and creepers
  • Steps and demonstration
  • And much more
LANGUAGE OF THE WORKSHOP:
HINDI - हिन्दी DATE: Sunday, 25th of May 2014 TIME:
8:00 AM to 1:00 PM 
(A delicious healthy Brunch will be served in between, by the Urban Leaves Seva Café Team) 

VENUE:
Ground Floor Audio-Video Hall,
Don Bosco Provincial House,
Don Bosco School Campus,
Opposite Khalsa College,
Matunga(East),
Mumbai - 400019.


CONTRIBUTION:
Rs. 1200/- for each participant.
Rs. 1000/- for each participant in case of patrons/donors. Please do fill in your Patron ID in the field provided, when filling the registration form. INSTRUCTIONS:
  • For confirmation of registration, please remit your contribution before 23rd May 2014.
  • Please bring a notepad and pen to take notes.
  • The workshop will be recorded on camera and images of participants may be used by Urban Leaves on our website and Facebook page to create awareness about city-farming for all ages.
REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT DETAILS PLEASE FILL THE FORM AT THE LINK GIVEN BELOW TO REGISTER FOR THE WORKSHOP. Please ensure that you fill in your PROPER EMAIL ADDRESS as further communication from us will be sent to this address. PRUNING OF PLANTS WORKSHOP REGISTRATION FORM Payment can be made via Bank Transfer/NEFT, Cheque/Cash Deposit in Bank, Cash payment to a volunteer or Cheque couriered to us.

BANK TRANSFER/NEFT DETAILS
We recommend this mode as it is the quickest and requires the least effort. It can be executed through net-banking or through your bank branch.
Bank:
State Bank of Hyderabad
IFSC Code of Bank:
SBHY0020408
Address of the Branch:
1st Road, Near M-Ward Office, Chembur Mumbai 400071
Account Name:  
VIDYA VAARIDHI TRUST
Type of Bank A/c:
Savings
Saving Account No:
52009032981
PAN Number of Trust:
AAATV2294B


CASH/CHEQUE DEPOSIT IN STATE BANK OF HYDERABAD
Please visit a State Bank of Hyderabad branch to deposit your contribution into the "VIDYA VAARIDHI TRUST" account with details as given above.

Please use the link given below to locate a branch in Mumbai/Thane.
Select the state as Maharashtra and city as "Greater Bombay" or "Thane" for listing branches in Mumbai or Thane.


CASH PAYMENT TO A VOLUNTEER
Cash can be deposited with Urban Leaves volunteers located in various parts of Mumbai. Please select the desired location in the registration form. You will be emailed the details of the Urban Leaves volunteer to contact for depositing the contribution.


CHEQUE COURIERED TO US
Please draw a cheque in favor of  "VIDYA VAARIDHI TRUST" and courier to:
VIPUL SANGHAVI
Vardhaman Plastochem Pvt. Ltd.,
Kasturi Bldg, Sanghavi Corporate Park,
Behind USV Ltd. , Off Govandi Station Road,
Govandi (E),
Mumbai - 400088

Please write the Participant's name (in case the cheque is sent by someone else), registration number and contact number on the back of the cheque and  please do mention "URBAN LEAVES: WORKSHOP ON PRUNING OF PLANTS" on the envelope.

For any questions please email: events [DOT] urbanleaves [ AT ] gmail [ DOT ] com

Monday, May 5, 2014

CHILDREN'S WORKSHOP ON CITY-FARMING ON 18TH MAY 2014

Calling the little city-farmers....
Bright happy faces, peals of laughter, scampering feet and infectious enthusiasm … Urban Leaves invites registrations for the Children’s Workshop on City-Farming.
Discover the green space at Maharashtra Nature Park. 
Potter around the farm. 
Make new friends.  
Make the bed for the bountiful Amrut Mitti.
Craft a self-watering can.
 Try out a recipe of the season’s offerings at Seva Café.

Add a little green to beloved Mumbai and most importantly, take home seeds and ideas to start your very own kitchen garden.

DATE:

Sunday, 18th of May 2014

TIME:

8:00 AM to 10:45 AM

VENUE:

Maharashtra Nature Park, Gate No. 2, Mahim, Opp Dharavi Bus Depot, 

REQUIRED AGE GROUP: 

4-7 years only
The workshop is designed for the age group of 4-7 years. Children in this age group will derive maximum benefit from the activities and content in the workshop.
If your children are younger/older and do not fall in this age group, please do not be disheartened. Workshops for children in other age groups are also being planned. If you are an interested parent of a younger/older child, please fill your details in "INTERESTED IN FUTURE CHILDREN'S WORKSHOP" form given below and we will get back to you with our plans for future workshops.
"INTERESTED IN FUTURE CHILDREN'S WORKSHOP"

CONTRIBUTION: 
Rs 600/- each for children. (Rs. 500 for children of donors)
Rs 400/- each for adults (Rs. 300 for donors) in case the child is being accompanied by an adult. Due to space constraints, just one adult per child preferred.

You are welcome to contribute more if you can. Your contributions will go towards extending the city-farming experience to children who cannot afford it or supporting our community farms. Do indicate your preference when you contribute.

INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. Children to come in rough and tough clothes, preferably covering as much skin as possible to avoid mosquito bites or with application of mosquito repellent. 
  2. A cap too is advisable for the sun.
  3. Please wear comfortable shoes/footwear.
  4. Please carry water, a snack and a hand towel.
  5. The workshop will be recorded on camera and images of participants may be used by Urban Leaves on our website and FB page to create awareness about city-farming for all ages. 

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT DETAILS
PLEASE FILL THE FORM AT THE LINK GIVEN BELOW TO REGISTER FOR THE WORKSHOP. Please ensure that you fill in your PROPER EMAIL ADDRESS as further communication from us will be sent to this address.

Payment can be made via Bank Transfer/NEFT, Cheque/Cash Deposit in Bank, Cash payment to a volunteer or Cheque couriered to us.

BANK TRANSFER/NEFT DETAILS
We recommend this mode as it is the quickest and requires the least effort. It can be executed through net-banking or through your bank branch.
Bank:
State Bank of Hyderabad
IFSC Code of Bank:
SBHY0020408
Address of the Branch:
1st Road, Near M-Ward Office, Chembur Mumbai 400071
Account Name:  
VIDYA VAARIDHI TRUST
Type of Bank A/c:
Savings
Saving Account No:
52009032981
PAN Number of Trust:
AAATV2294B

CASH/CHEQUE DEPOSIT IN STATE BANK OF HYDERABAD
Please visit a State Bank of Hyderabad branch to deposit your contribution into the "VIDYA VAARIDHI TRUST" account with details as given above.

Please use the link given below to locate a branch in Mumbai/Thane
Select the state as Maharashtra and city as "Greater Bombay" or "Thane" for listing branches in Mumbai or Thane


CASH PAYMENT TO A VOLUNTEER
Cash can be deposited with Urban Leaves volunteers located in various parts of Mumbai. Please select the desired location in the registration form. You will be emailed the details of the Urban Leaves volunteer to contact for depositing the contribution.


CHEQUE COURIERED TO US
Please draw a cheque in favor of  "VIDYA VAARIDHI TRUST" and courier to:
VIPUL SANGHAVI
Vardhaman Plastochem Pvt. Ltd.,
Kasturi Bldg, Sanghavi Corporate Park,
Behind USV Ltd. , Off Govandi Station Road,
Govandi (E),
Mumbai - 400088

Please write the Participants name (in case the cheque is sent by someone else), registration number and contact number on the back of the cheque and  please do mention "URBAN LEAVES : CHILDREN'S WORKSHOP ON CITY-FARMING" on the envelope.


For any questions please email: events [DOT] urbanleaves [ AT ] gmail [ DOT ] com

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Join us this Sunday 26th Jan at the SPIT College Rooftop Community Farm, Andheri

It is Republic Day on Sunday 26th Jan. We invite you to join us and celebrate the tri colours of our flag at the SPIT Rooftop Community Garden at Bhavans Campus Andheri. 

On every occasion when we see the tri-colour our hearts are filled with pride, love and admiration.  How about interpreting the tri-colour through the eyes of an organic farmer:



  • Saffron for the sun-the source of all life giving energy on our planet.
  • Green for the plants/vegetation that we nurture and grow.
  • Blue of the Ashok Chakra for the water which is life for our plants.
  • Ashok Chakra indicating the cycle of life, the time needed for life to thrive and grow.
  • And finally White, an amalgamation of all colours representing the unity in diversity of all life.


Just like the colors of our flag the season too brings us beautiful vibrant colours of vegetables and fruits.


While we learn to grow our food we would also like to extend our learning to un-cooking or eating our food raw and healthy. 
So this republic day join us in preparing and sharing foods having the tri colour in them!

Send recipes...or prepare a dish and share it at the community farm. Volunteer at the seva Cafe. 
Lend a hand to prepare Amrut Mitti heaps in this infant farm and carry home your own tub of Amrut Mitti heap with a small ( paid) kit.

In all, join us to celebrate the true Indian spirit in us by sharing our gifts, our joys and our generous spirit. A suggested donation/contribution of Rs 200/- towards the costs of the event and maintenance of the community farm is welcome.

Do bring along your caps, napkins, wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Those who would like to take back Amrut Jal may bring empty bottles to carry back the same.

There is no registration needed. Just join in with your family and friends. But please don't forget to send a  simple mail to urbanleaves [at] gmail [dot] com if you will be joining us  on Sunday.


Date:
Sunday 26th January 2014
 
Timings:
7:30 AM on-wards till about 10:00 AM
 
Venue:
Sardar Patel Institute of Technology's Rooftop Community Farm,
Bhavan's Campus, Munshi Nagar,
Andheri (West), Mumbai

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Seva Cafe -- Giving meaning to our motto of Reap what you Sow; Eat what you grow.

Hello friends

In 2009 began the first Urban Leaves  community farm. A community space where volunteers gifted their time, energy and love to build an organic farm on a concrete slab. The community grew form a humble 4 volunteers to more than fifty with 5 Community Farms in Mumbai today.


Volunteers at the MNP Community Farm- 2009 building Amrut Mitti Beds

Community Farm at the Bhavans nature and Adventure Center


Rooftop Community Farm at the SPIT college Bhavans Campus


Rooftop Community Farm at the Provincial House Don Bosco


Don Bosco rooftop


Gopal Garden school rooftop- Iskon at Borivali
Sagar Upwan - MBPT Colaba
Beginning of The Seva Cafe ( Read about the Seva Cafe Concept Here)

2014, we found inspiration with the work of few friends like Shammi Nanda, Abha Gupta, Sheetal Sanghavi, Mayuri Pandit, Mona Gandhi and we have a new activity included a midst our urban farming activity at the Community Farms.

Food and farms should go together logically..... These days we don't see the farms and see lots of cafes, and restaurants and food malls. We land up in various food courts, on weekends with friends and family....to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, get togethers, or just a lazy weekend. We eat a variety of food, chaat....continental , Chinese, etc....global in its flavour, very expensive.... but rarely do we feel satiated, happy, content, nourished or pampered after such meals. 

As we grow food in our community farms and share these natures beautiful gifts among volunteers, we take a step further to use this produce to cook up or rather uncook delicious raw salads and steamed healthy snacks and herbal Teas.The whole idea is for us to experience the wonderful textures, flavors and aromas of fresh food, grown and cooked with such love and large hearts, with a spirit of seva and community sharing. To inspire the young and the old to grow their own food and use it it to prepare healthy nourishing meals for their family.
growing greens at the Community Farm


As we take our baby steps in creating our city farms, we get educated in the ABC of organic farming. Local and seasonal says our first lesson. And so here we go in search of various local seasonal greens, herbs that will grow well on our balconies and windowsill and terraces. Spinach, Fenugreek, Malabar Spinach, Amarath, Dill, Coriander, Chawli greens, lettuce, radish greens, chana greens and so on. 

The first harvests sets us off seeking  new lessons in cooking up recipes with our produce. 
This sharing has also been instrumental in starting the Seva Cafe.It gives real meaning to our motto of Reap what you sow, Eat what you grow.
Mona Gandhi sharing her yummy raw salad at Don Bosco Rooftop Community Farm

Volunteers preparing a salad at the Don Bosco Community Farm

Salad making at the Bhavans SPIT rooftop Community Farm
Saroj Choudhary with her Yummy greens salad and energy Dip at Don Bosco Community Farm
Do join us on early Sunday mornings with your family and children to experience warm sunshine, gentle soft soil in your hands, lush green terrace spaces, a hearty healthy breakfast among a friendly sharing community.

Contribute to the seva cafe in the following ways:
  • Bring along raw greens, herbs/ salad ingredients
  • Contribute paper eco friendly cups and dishes
  • Contribute toward the expenses for seva cafe
  • Volunteer to cook up a snack/meal
  • Pay it forward for someone's meal
  • Or any other creative way...
Seva Cafe Recipes  (links below will be updated as recipes are uploaded)

The recipes of salads prepared at the Community Farms are detailed below. Try them out using the produce from your city farms or from the farmers markets. We hope their taste will change the way you look at healthy food.
Smiles and Happy Gardening and Harvesting
Team Urban Leaves       


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