Urban Leaves India

Monday, 18 March 2019

SOIL, SEED AND PLANT : SUNDAY MARCH 24, 2019

We kicked-off in February, this year's Mini-Workshops Series for beginners wishing to embark on the journey of growing their own food in limited urban spaces. The workshops are all inter-connected and participants would benefit from attending all of them. 


We are happy to announce the next one on Soil, Seed and PlantThe workshop would cover
  • Soil : Soil-Mix, Care, Maintenance
  • Sowing : Potting-Mix, Sapling-making
  • Plant : Transplanting, Basic Care
Please note that this workshop would be followed by a sequel in April devoted to Plant Care (date to be decided).

Date:
Sunday the 24th of March, 2019

Timings: 
8.15 a.m. to 10.15 am
8.00 a.m. is the reporting time 

Venue:
UL-DBPH Roof-top Community Farm,
Don Bosco Provincial House Terrace, 
Don Bosco School Campus, 
Matunga (East), 
Mumbai – 400017
One has to walk up a flight of stairs from the 4th floor  to reach  the terrace. Session would be conducted in Gurukul style. 

Things you will need: 
Notebook and pencil, a carry bag for take-home souvenirs, cap for the sun, a bottle of water and a snack in case you get hungry.

Age Eligibility:
Above 10 years

Contribution towards session:
Rs 500/- per session can be given on the workshop day. 
Do drop in a mail to urbanleaves@gmail.com so that we expect you and make necessary arrangements. 

Saturday, 2 March 2019

VEGETABLE DIVERSITY & SEED-SAVING TECHNIQUES WORKSHOP : 10TH MARCH, 2019


Losing a plant can threaten a culture in much the same way as losing a language.                                                                                                             ~ Robin Wall Kimmerer

As Indians, many of us would not know what to do if we were to lose our rice or mango varieties? How would children visit their parents' and grandparents' favourite mango trees, sit and listen to stories of summers gone by? How would those khichadi, pulao and biryani recipes get passed down the generations? What would we do for our festivals and celebrations?

As farmers, many of us are stuck when it comes to sourcing seed, saving seed and sharing seed. What varieties to use, what not to? When? Where? How? Why? We have so many questions.


We at Urban Leaves have asked Deepika to share with us, her learnings around seed-saving and vegetable diversity from over two-and-a-half decades on Pebble Garden, Auroville. She has preserved more than 90 traditionally-bred varieties in her small garden of 2000 square meters and together with Bernard Declercq has regenerated 7 acres of land into a vibrant forest. If you have some experience, farming in or around Mumbai, we invite you to learn with us.

Date:
Sunday the 10th of March, 2019

Timings:
9.30 a.m. to 1.30 pm
(9 to 9.20 a.m. is the reporting and registration.)

Venue:
Conference Hall, 
St Andrew's College, 
Dominic Road, Bandra West, 
Mumbai 400050
(The Hall is close to the entrance gate and there is parking inside the compound.)

Things you will need: 
Notebook and pencil, a bottle of water

Eligibility:
The workshop is for people with experience in growing food. (This workshop will not address the basics of farming, so if you are a new farmer, please get in touch for future workshops.) 

Contribution towards session:
Rs 1200/- per participant.
Early Bird : Rs 1000/- if payment made by March 7th, 2019.
No refunds in case of cancellation.

Registration:
Please register at https://bit.ly/201903ULSeedSaving.
(Payment option details would be emailed upon registration.)

We are grateful for the support of St Andrew's College in hosting this event.

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

Sunday, 17 February 2019

COMPOST-YOUR KITCHEN-WASTE MINI WORKSHOP : 24TH FEBRUARY 2019

We kicked off our yearly Mini-Workshop Series this month, for beginners wishing to embark on the journey of growing their own food in limited urban spaces. The workshops are all inter-connected and participants would benefit from attending all of them. 

We now present a Compost-Your-Kitchen-Waste Mini-Workshop where you will learn the practicals of composting with a low-cost kit that can be put together at home. 

Change the way you look at veggie scraps generated in your kitchen ... a great resource and not a discard ... and start composting your kitchen waste.  Many of us have begun composting with all green intentions at heart and then given up halfway, due to not being able to deal with few problems associated with the process - offensive smell, fruit flies, worms, compost becoming yucky with leaked leachate staining floors, to name a few. 

We at Urban Leaves, have worked on simplifying the process for homes.The method endeavours at imitating nature; uses naturally available material and does not use bio-enzymes or worms. If followed to the detail, it promises to fill your senses and your soul with the divine fragrance of rich, earthy compost that pampers your plants and keeps you control of the inputs that go into growing your own food. 


Date:
Sunday the 24th of February, 2019

Timings:
8.30 a.m. to 10.30 am
8.15 a.m. is the reporting time 

Venue:
UL_DBPH Roof-top Community Farm
Don Bosco Provincial House Terrace, 
Don Bosco School Campus, Matunga (East), 
Mumbai – 400017
One has to walk up a flight of stairs from the 4th floor  to reach  the terrace. Session will be conducted in Gurukul style. 

Things you will need: 
Notebook and pencil, a carry bag for take-home souvenirs, cap for the sun, a bottle of water and a snack in case you get hungry.

Age Eligibility:
Above 10 years

Contribution towards session:
Rs 500/- per session can be given on the workshop day. Do drop in a mail to urbanleaves@gmail.com so that we expect you and make necessary arrangements. 

Monday, 4 February 2019

NUTRITION PACKED IN SMALL SPACES: SUNDAY 10TH FEBRUARY 2019

We are back with a classic in a mini-workshop format.


Nutrition in Small Spaces - Window-sill to Plate

 A Micro-Greens Workshop where you will learn how to grow and use microgreens. You will also get a mini-Amrut-Mitti pack to kick start your micro-green experience.

Date:
Sunday the 10th of February, 2019

Timings:
8.30 a.m. to 10.30 am
8.15 a.m. is the reporting time 

Venue:
UL_DBPH Roof-top Community Farm
Don Bosco Provincial House Terrace, 
Don Bosco School Campus, 
Matunga (East), 
Mumbai – 400017
One has to walk up a flight of stairs from the 4th floor  to reach  the terrace. Session will be conducted in Gurukul style. 

Things you will need: 
Notebook and pencil, a carry bag for take-home souvenirs, cap for the sun, a bottle of water and a snack in case you get hungry.


Age Eligibility:
Above 10 years

Contribution towards session:
Rs 500/- per session can be given on the workshop day. Do drop in a mail to urbanleaves@gmail.com so that we expect you and make necessary arrangements. 

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Hope Beneath Our Feet : October 14, 2018

"Hope beneath our feet- Urban farming as a way to embody ecological sensibilities " - a presentation by Deborah Dutta.
Deborah is a doctoral student at the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE), Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, India. Her research focuses on developing educational interventions that can motivate students to take up environment-oriented actions at the community level. She joined the Urban Leaves Community in June 2015 as she embarked on her research.

As she draws to the final stages of her thesis, the UL community was keen to hear her conclusions and have a discussion on the same. And as we set about planning for it, we realised that the world needs to hear her and hence opened up the event to public.



The talk is about connections. Connections that urban spaces often obscure or take for granted. Connections, the experience of which is essential for understanding our relationship with nature and the path ahead. The talk will be grounded in Deborah's experience and reflections of engaging with urban farming communities. Through different examples and supporting literature, she will try to describe how sustained engagement with farming can lead to participation in wider pro-environmental actions. This narrative will also argue that healing the environment is an integral process of community well-being rather than just an altruistic set of actions. In other words, environmental restoration is also an act of “re-story-ation” where we can write, and tell each other different stories of our relationship with nature.

Date: 
October 14, 2018 (Sunday)

Timings: 
9.00 a.m. to 11.00 am


Venue:

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

Age Eligibility:

Above 15 years


Contribution towards session:

The event is being hosted by Urban Leaves and is free. Please send a mail to urbanleaves@gmail.com with your name and phone number to register your participation.


Things you will need: 

Do carry your own water and a snack in case you get hungry. A notebook and pencil if you want to take notes. Most importantly, come with your smile!!

Thursday, 3 May 2018

MAY 2018 : CHILDREN'S WORKSHOP ON SUNDAY THE 13TH

We are happy to announce that our next workshop is for children where they experience a Farm Sunday under the guidance of experienced volunteers with a bit of focus on soil and creatures on the farm. They will also make a sapling to take home.




Date: 

May 13, 2018 (Sunday)

Timings: 

8.00 a.m. to 10.00 am
7.45 a.m. is the reporting time 
Please note the change in timings due to summer.

Venue:

UL-DBPH Roof-top Community Farm,
Don Bosco Provincial House Terrace, 
Don Bosco School Campus, 
Matunga (East), 
Mumbai – 400017
One has to walk up a flight of stairs from the 4th floor  to reach  the terrace. Session will be conducted in Gurukul style. 

Things you will need: 

A carry bag for take-home souvenirs, a cotton scarf to wear as a mask, a cap for the sun, a bottle of water, a snack in case you get hungry and most importantly, shoes and socks.


Age Eligibility:

7-12 years

Contribution towards session:

Rs 500/- (Rs 450/- for donor's children) can be given on the workshop day.  Accompanying adults would need to contribute Rs 250/- per head. Please drop in a mail with name and age of child to urbanleaves@gmail.com so that we expect you and make necessary arrangements. 

Saturday, 31 March 2018

MINI-WORKSHOP SERIES ON KITCHEN GARDENING : APRIL 2018 SCHEDULE

We introduced in February, our Mini-Workshops for beginners wishing to embark on the journey of growing their own food in limited urban spaces. The workshops are all inter-connected and participants would benefit from attending all of them. 




Sessions in April 2018 are as follows: 

Session 1 : Soil and Compost : Sunday April 15, 2018 - 2 hrs
  • Soil - Characteristics of healthy soil
  • Kitchen composting - A method that endeavours imitating nature with a low-cost kit that can be put together at home

Session 2 : Soil, Seed and Plant : Sunday April 22, 2018 - 2 hrs 
  • Soil : Soil-Mix, Building soil, Care, Maintenance
  • Sowing : Potting-Mix, Sapling-making, Seasons
  • Plant : Transplanting, Location, Care, Crop-cycle

Timings: 
8.15 a.m. to 10.15 am
8.00 a.m. is the reporting time 
Please note the change in timings due to summer

Venue:

UL-DBPH Roof-top Community Farm,
Don Bosco Provincial House Terrace, 
Don Bosco School Campus, 
Matunga (East), 
Mumbai – 400017
One has to walk up a flight of stairs from the 4th floor  to reach  the terrace. Session will be conducted in Gurukul style. 

Things you will need: 

Notebook and pencil, a carry bag for take-home souvenirs, cap for the sun, a bottle of water and a snack in case you get hungry.


Age Eligibility:

Above 12 years

Contribution towards session:

Rs 500/- per session (Rs 450/- for donors) can be given on the workshop day. Do drop in a mail to urbanleaves@gmail.com so that we expect you and make necessary arrangements.