Urban Leaves India

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.
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 presentation below to learn all about it, share with your friends and stay tuned for more!



The presentation can also be directly viewed through the following link:
http://bit.ly/SaveALeaf-Soln1-Mulching

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

Thursday, October 1, 2015

ABC OF KITCHEN GARDENING WORKSHOP: SUNDAY, 11-OCT-2015

Winter season brings along its own special offerings and we at Urban Leaves feel it's a great time to kick-start a kitchen garden.  Hence, an ABC of Kitchen Gardening - Winter Edition Workshop. 

Just as the name indicates, the workshop is meant for beginners wishing to embark on this journey of growing their own food in limited urban spaces.



You will learn the most basic, simple, easy-to-use techniques (no excuses left) to start your own kitchen garden.

The workshop,  will cover the basics of:
  • sowing
  • transplanting
  • plant care
You will also take home a kit to help you make a beginning.  Do join us as we help more and more Mumbaikars  "Reap What They Sow and Eat What They Grow."

DATE & TIME:
Sunday, 11th October, 2015.
9:00 AM TO 12:00 PM.

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

CONTRIBUTION: 
EARLY BIRD: Registration and Payment done on/before 7-Oct-2015:
Regular participants: Rs. 900/-
Donor participants: Rs 800/-

Registration and/or Payment done on/after 8-Oct-2015 and on/before 10-Oct-2015:
For all participants: Rs. 1100/- 

Walk-in Registration on 11-Oct-2015:
For all participants: Rs. 1300/-
(PLEASE NOTE THAT REGISTRATION CANNOT BE GUARANTEED FOR WALK-IN PARTICIPANTS AND REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED ONLY IF LOGISTICS PERMIT IT.) 
PLEASE NOTE THAT 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.
ABC of KITCHEN GARDENING WORKSHOP REGISTRATION.

Payment can be made via Bank Transfer/NEFT, Cheque deposit in Bank, 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.)

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

CHEQUE DEPOSIT IN STATE BANK OF INDIA
Please visit a STATE BANK of INDIA branch to deposit your contribution by CHEQUE into the "VIDYA VAARIDHI TRUST" account with details as given above.

CASH DEPOSIT IN STATE BANK OF INDIA
Please visit a STATE BANK of INDIA branch to deposit your contribution by CASH into the "VIDYA VAARIDHI TRUST" account with details as given above. 
Please note that if you opt for this method you will have to deposit Rs. 50/- extra along with the contribution for the workshop as SBI levies a Rs. 50/- transaction charge for cash transactions happening at non-home branches.
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.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

CELEBRATING WORLD KITCHEN GARDEN DAY WITH FARM TALK, FRIENDS AND FOOD : 30TH AUGUST 2015


WORLD KITCHEN GARDEN DAY 2015
World Kitchen Garden Day is a day when kitchen gardeners of the world come together. The year round, we are busy ... sowing, planting, harvesting and nurturing our individual community-farms or home gardens. Since the last few years, we have seen our tribe growing in Mumbai and the time is right to evolve further. 

All of us who practise Urban Farming struggle with the initial step ... that of designing our farms ... whether we are on terraces/rooftops, open spaces and balconies or mobile gardens.

How do we make the best use of available space for optimum use and productivity? Can it be aesthetic and sustainable at the same time? As an urban farmer, how do I maintain harmony with nature, while I live mechanically in this mega city?
BEFORE: CLEA AT MBPT TERRACE


AFTER: NATURE TAKING ITS OWN COURSE AIDED BY US

AFTER: MEANDERING PATH ON THE URBAN FARM
Join us as we learn from our farmer friend, Clea Chandmal,
'How to do a Permaculture Design'.
Says Clea, “Sustainability is strongly linked to efficiency. In Permaculture, using laws of nature and strategies, we DESIGN systems to be efficient. The design process is what I will be describing. A good design and its implementation results in a sustainable and resilient, largely self-managing system.”

The talk will be followed by a delicious plant-based lunch by SHARAN.

DATE & TIME:
Sunday, 30th August, 2015.
10.00 AM TO 12.30 PM.

VENUE:
Bianchi Hall,
2nd Floor, Don Bosco International School,
Don Bosco School Campus,
Matunga (East),
Mumbai – 400017.

CONTRIBUTION: 
Registration and Payment done on or before 27th August 2015:
Rs. 500/-
Registration and/or Payment done after 27th August 2015:
Rs. 600/- (Registration will be wait-listed and accommodated only if logistics permit it)
PLEASE NOTE THAT CONFIRMATION OF REGISTRATION IS SUBJECT TO REALISATION OF PAYMENT.

EXPECTED AGE GROUP: 
Above 18 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.
WORLD KITCHEN GARDEN DAY, AUGUST 30TH, 2015 REGISTRATION.

Payment can be made via Bank Transfer/NEFT, 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.
For any questions please email: events [DOT] urbanleaves [ AT ] gmail [ DOT ] com.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

NUTRITION PACKED IN SMALL SPACES: SUNDAY 9TH AUGUST 2015 [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.....



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 could also get to visit our urban farm before or after the workshop.

DATE & TIME:
Sunday, 9th August, 2015.
10 AM TO 12 PM.

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

CONTRIBUTION: 
Registration and Payment done on or before 7th August 2015:
Rs. 600/- for normal registered participants.
Rs. 500/- for registered patrons(donors).

Registration and Payment done after 7th August 2015:
Rs. 700/- (Registration will be wait-listed and accommodated only if logistics permit it)

EXPECTED AGE GROUP: 
Above 14 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, 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 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.