Urban Leaves India

Saturday, July 9, 2016

NUTRITION PACKED IN SMALL SPACES: SUNDAY 24TH JULY 2016 [Registrations open]

Do you love salads?
Would you like to add to your basket of fresh ingredients?
Have you wished for a regular supply of natural-nutrients?
Or wanted to grow your food but have limited space? 

If the answer to any two of the questions is a YES, then Urban Leaves has the answer for you.....

We are back with "Nutrition Packed In Small Spaces - A Micro-Greens Workshop" where you will learn the why, do the how-to-grow  and savour the taste of micro-greens. You will get a starter kit so that you can put into practice all that you learn. You could also visit our urban rooftop community-farm after the workshop.

DATE & TIME:
Sunday, 24th July, 2016
9:30 AM TO 12:30 PM.

VENUE:
AV Hall, Ground Floor,
Don Bosco Provincial House,
Don Bosco School Campus,
Matunga (East),
Mumbai – 400017.

CONTRIBUTION: 
DONORS: Rs 700/-

EARLY BIRD: Registration and Payment done on or before 17/07/2016 : Rs. 700/- 

NORMAL: Registration and Payment done after 17/07/2016 and on/before 22/07/2016: Rs. 900/- 

WALK-IN: Registration and Payment on the day of Workshop: Rs 1100/- (Registration cannot be guaranteed and will be confirmed only if logistics permit it.)

PLEASE NOTE THAT SEATS ARE LIMITED AND CONFIRMATION OF REGISTRATION IS SUBJECT TO REALISATION OF PAYMENT. ALSO WE WILL BE UNABLE TO GIVE A REFUND IN CASE A PARTICIPANT DOES NOT ATTEND THE WORKSHOP HENCE PLEASE REMIT THE PAYMENT ONLY IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND THE WORKSHOP.

EXPECTED AGE GROUP: 
Above 12 years.

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.
MICRO-GREENS WORKSHOP REGISTRATION FORM.

Payment can be made via Bank Transfer/NEFT or 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.)

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS OUR NEW STATE BANK OF INDIA ACCOUNT and not the old STATE BANK OF HYDERABAD account. If you have the old account of SBH added as a payee, please use the details below for adding the SBI account as new PAYEE.
Bank:
STATE BANK OF INDIA
IFSC Code of Bank:
SBIN0000533
Address of the Branch:
Sunbeam, 18th Road, 
Chembur Mumbai 400071
Account Name:  
VIDYA VAARIDHI TRUST
Type of Bank A/c:
Current
Account No:
34994910641
PAN Number of Trust:
AAATV2294B

Please DO NOT deposit physical cash in our account through a CDM(Cash Deposit Machine) or at the counter by visiting a SBI branch as this method attracts a transaction charge levied by SBI for physical cash transactions. If you do end up using this method please note that the debited transaction charge will be recovered from the participant.


CASH PAYMENT TO VOLUNTEER
Cash can be deposited with Urban Leaves volunteers located in specific parts of Mumbai. Please select a location convenient for you from the available locations 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.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

#SaveALeaf : Solution 2 - Composting

Urban Leaves launched the ‪#‎SaveALeaf‬ campaign in December 2015.

The fires at the Deonar landfill since then, have affected all of us in the city and have created an awareness of its hazards. A valuable resource like leaves is being burnt in our localities or trashed and burnt at the landfill along with other biodegradable and toxic waste. Our campaign hopes to build awareness about the value of these leaves and offers solutions on how to use them. 

Solution 1 launched in January 2016 was about Mulching - a top priority for healthy plants. 

It's now time for Solution 2!

Approximately, 60% of the waste that we send to the landfill is biodegradable and can be dealt with at source. We are glad to present #SaveALeaf Campaign - Solution 2 which is about Composting Kitchen Waste and deals with a significant part of this 60%. 



Join the #SaveALeaf Campaign by sharing and implementing our solutions. Together, let's
  • Clean Our Air.
  • Build Our Soil.
  • Green Our City.
  • Grow Your Food
The video of the presentation can also be directly viewed through the following link: http://bit.ly/SaveALeaf-2-Composting-ppt

CLICK HERE to view the Solution 1 in the #SaveALeaf Campaign.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

AMRUT MITTI WORKSHOP: 21-FEB-2016

In solidarity with the #SaveALeaf campaign, our Amrut Mitti workshop this year, requires you to bring 1 bucketful or 1 sackful of DRIED leaves that you would have saved from being dumped or burnt - a symbolic gesture to show you care.



Come join us to learn the art of making this miracle soil, Amrut Mitti in a workshop at UL-DBPH Community Farm, Provincial House Roof-Top, Don Bosco Campus, Matunga East, Mumbai. You will get hands-on experience in addition to an interactive session.

DATE & TIME:
Sunday, 21st February, 2016.
8:30 AM TO 11:30 AM
(For maximum benefit, participants are advised to attend the soaking of leaves session on Saturday, February 20th, 2016 from 8.15 AM - 9.15 AM)

VENUE:
Don Bosco Provincial House Roof-Top,
Don Bosco School Campus,
Matunga (East),
Mumbai – 400017.

CONTRIBUTION: 
EARLY BIRD: Registration and Payment done on/before 16-Feb-2016:
Regular participants: Rs. 600/-
Donor participants: Rs. 500/-

Registration and/or Payment done on/after 17-Feb-2016 and on/before 20-Feb-2016:
For all participants: Rs. 800/- 

PLEASE NOTE THAT SEATS ARE LIMITED AND CONFIRMATION OF REGISTRATION IS SUBJECT TO REALISATION OF PAYMENT.

EXPECTED AGE GROUP: 
Above 14 years.

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT DETAILS
Please fill the form at the link given below to register for the workshop. Individual registration is needed for each participant. Please ensure that you fill in your proper email address as further communication from us will be sent to this address.
AMRUT MITTI WORKSHOP REGISTRATION.

Payment can be made via Bank Transfer/NEFT and 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.)

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS OUR NEW STATE BANK OF INDIA ACCOUNT and not the old STATE BANK OF HYDERABAD account. If you have the old account of SBH added as a payee, please use the details below for adding the SBI account as new PAYEE.

Bank:
STATE BANK OF INDIA
IFSC Code of Bank:
SBIN0000533
Address of the Branch:
Sunbeam, 18th Road, 
Chembur Mumbai 400071
Account Name:  
VIDYA VAARIDHI TRUST
Type of Bank A/c:
Current
Account No:
34994910641
PAN Number of Trust:
AAATV2294B

CASH PAYMENT TO 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.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Soil Solution to Climate Problems

IT'S ALL ABOUT THE SOIL ... Soil is a living miracle.
We are only beginning to understand this complex system. However, we are accelerating the loss of this essential system through not only ploughing, deforestation and erosion, but also through callous handling of natural resources in our environment, which have left our air, soils, and food in dire shape.

Our air, our soil and our food are so deeply interconnected. Our learning through our productive organic rooftop food farms, our experience with the nutrient and microbial-rich Amrut Mitti, made by using dry leaves and biomass in our surroundings, has opened our eyes to this wonderful resource of dry leaves, which today, we see being trashed in the city. The recent burning of garbage at the Deonar dump, resulting in toxic polluted air, has brought into focus the pressing need to take sustainable measures to Clean our Air; Build our Soil; and Green our City.

The short-film : Soil Solution to Climate Problems (a must-watch film) narrated by Michael Pollan is one with which we deeply connect and identify with. We are grateful to Ajay Mahajan of Vividhara for sharing it with us.



Our UL community rooftop farms are lush green and great carbon sinks in this mega city today. Over the years, our volunteers have been collecting heaps and tons of dry leaves to make Amrut Mitti. The miracle of increased carbon in our soil, feeding the microbes and in turn our trees, blessing us with rich harvests is a dream realised on our farms.

Dry leaves which are dumped, burnt and perceived as a huge problem in the city are truly part of the solution to our ever increasing environmental problems. Join our ‪#‎SaveALeaf‬ Campaign to save 1 bucket/1 sack/ 1 drum/or more leaves. 

Save the Date- February 21st, 2016, to learn the art of making this miracle soil, Amrut Mitti in a workshop at UL-DBPH, Provincial House Roof-Top, Don Bosco Campus, Matunga East, Mumbai.

More details will be posted shortly.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Meet Urban Leaves at Prakruti 6 - Bhavan's Nature Festival 2016

​​Urban Leaves is happy to announce its participation in Prakruti 6 - Bhavan's Nature Festival 2016. We have 30-minute mini-workshops running through the day on 30th and 31st of January, 2016.


SCHEDULE​

​​11.00 am​​​: ​ Visit to an Urban Farm​​

​​12.30 pm​:​ #SaveALeaf-Build Our Soil : Your Plants Need Mulch

​​02.00 pm​:​ Microgreens Made Easy Workshop

​​03.30 pm​:​ #SaveALeaf-Clean Our Air : Plate to Farm - Kitchen Composting

​​05.30 pm​:​ Visit to an Urban Farm  

Registration is required as seats are limited. Please register at: 
​​BNAC TEL Nos: 022-65611987​ ​/ 022​-​65294633 
​or​
​​Email:​ ​prakruti.festival@gmail.com

For detailed workshop descriptions, do check out: 
www.prakrutinaturefest.com/workshops​

Hope to see you there. 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

#SaveALeaf : Solution 1 - Mulching

Urban Leaves is a group of passionate urban farmers. We have, down the years, experienced abundance on our community farms. Abundant produce, abundant joy and abundant friendships. We owe this to Amrut Mitti, a nutrient-rich soil, which is made with different varieties of leaves.

As we collect leaves from around the city for our farm, we are saddened to see how they are being treated in our city. We see sweepers cleaning the streets, completely disregarding this important natural resource. Instead of being utilised, the leaves are being burned; a sight that we are pained to see. Not only are the leaves not rejuvenating our soil and crops, but the burning further pollutes our choked city.

But this is a pattern we can stop. The world’s leaders just acknowledged in Paris that climate change is a grave threat and that they are serious about tackling it. But solving climate change will take the participation of each and every world citizen.

Come join The Urban Leaves ‪#‎SaveALeaf‬ Campaign to:
  • Clean Our Air.
  • Build Our Soil.
  • Green Our City.
  • Grow Your Food
Throughout our campaign, we will bring you simple, doable solutions, one by one, that will help transform leaves from a cause of pollution to a valuable resource.
And today, we are excited to present our first solution : MULCHING! 

Have a look at the video of the presentation below to learn all about it, share with your friends and stay tuned for more!



The video of the presentation can also be directly viewed through the following link:
http://bit.ly/SaveALeaf-1-Mulching-ppt

CLICK HERE to view the Solution 2 in the #SaveALeaf Campaign.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Save A Leaf, Clean Our Air

Each day in Mumbai, we wake up to smog in the air and the newspaper's latest report of declining air quality. When we set out for work, we pass by piles of burning leaves, billowing smoke into our lungs. The smell tells us that plastic and garbage is mixed in with the leaves, further decreasing the quality of our air. We long for the clean air of the green countryside. But we live in the city and the fresh oxygen of the hills remains a distant dream.


What can we do to make a difference?

Leaf burning is also a contributor to pollution in Mumbai. And it is understandable why the problem persists: the folks burning leaves in our city either don't know its harmful effects or don’t have any alternative options. But this desperately needs to change - Our health and that of our environment depends on it. The solution is in our hands. 

Urban Leaves is launching the #SaveALeaf campaign. In the coming weeks, we will be posting information about how each one of us can get involved in resolving this issue in Mumbai. Like our page, share with your friends, and together we can start to clean up Mumbai’s air!



In an effort to continue to raise awareness about this issue, we are collecting pictures of burning leaves from neighbourhoods in Mumbai. If you have pictures that you can share, please send them in a message to our Facebook page www.facebook.com/urbanleavesindia or email urbanleaves [AT] gmail [DOT] com. It will help build this 'Save A Leaf, Clean Our Air' campaign. Also if you want to be kept updated about our #SaveALeaf campaign and other activities consider joining our low-volume mailing list UrbanLeaves-News by filling up the form here: UrbanLeaves Mailing list