Urban Leaves India

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. 

Saturday, 3 March 2018

MINI-WORKSHOP SERIES ON KITCHEN GARDENING : MARCH 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. 





The session in March 2018 is as follows: 

Session 3 : Soil and Plant : Sunday March 11th, 2018 - 2 hrs 
  • Soil : Soil-Mix, Building soil, Care, Maintenance
  • Plant : Transplanting, Location, Care, Crop-cycle


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 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. 

Friday, 9 February 2018

MINI-WORKSHOP SERIES ON KITCHEN GARDENING : FEBRUARY 2018 SCHEDULE


After a long hiatus, we are introducing 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 February 2018 are as follows: 

Session 1 : Soil and Seed : Sunday February 18th, 2018 - 2 hrs 
  • Sowing - Potting-Mix, Sapling-making, Seasons
  • Microgreens - Nutrition in Small Spaces - Window-sill to Plate
Session 2 : Soil and Compost : Sunday February 25th, 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

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 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. 

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

COMPOST-YOUR-KITCHEN-WASTE : 13TH NOVEMBER 2016 [Registrations Open]

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.  

Approximately, 60% of the waste that we send to the landfill is biodegradable; can be dealt with at source and recycled back to earth. Each kitchen generates some kitchen waste. An opportunity exists in every home to contribute to a green environment and protect it for our future generations.

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 will pamper your plants. 


Urban Leaves presents a Compost-Your-Kitchen-Waste Workshop where you will learn the theory and practicals of composting with a low-cost kit that can be put together at home. 

DATE & TIME:
Sunday, 13th November, 2016 - 9:00 AM TO 12:30 PM.

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


CLICK ME TO VIEW THE PAYMENT AND REGISTRATION DETAILS

CONTRIBUTION: 

DONORS:
Payment made on or before 11th November 2016:  Rs. 700/-
Payment made on or after 12th November 2016: 1100/-



NORMAL PARTICIPANTS:

Payment made on or before 7th November, 2016: Rs. 700/-
Payment made between 8th and 11th November 2016 (both dates inclusive) : Rs. 900/-
Payment made on or after 12th November 2016: Rs 1100/-

Please note that seats are limited and confirmation of registration is subject to realisation of payment. Please note that payments are non-refundable. 
EXPECTED AGE GROUP: 
Above 12 years.

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT DETAILS
Please fill the form at the link given above 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 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.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Agro-biodiversity talk on World Kitchen Garden Day, 28th August 2016

Preeti shares ... 'Although I come from a catering background, I was unaware of the many local, seasonal and traditionally grown crops that I was introduced to, through our rooftop organic farms'.

While on one hand we are proud of the “Unity in diversity” in India and bask  in its various forms, whether in the physical features in its geography or the cultures, festivals, religion, costumes, flora fauna or food, our diets are becoming more similar – what we call a globalised diet. Diets today are composed of big major crops such as wheat, rice, potatoes and sugar. Crops like soybean have also suddenly become very important . We see a variety of imported fruits flooding our markets but fruits like Guava, Jamun (Black Plum), Jackfruit, Starfruit, Rose Apple, are rarely found. The young generation are quick to recognise a Broccoli or Zucchini but hardly recognize a Purslane, or a Kantol.
With technological advances promising to improve food security for an ever increasing population, we find that poor still don’t have access to nutritional food and urban population struggles with rising obesity in children.

Those of us who grow our own food organically are aware of the dangers of modern agronomy, plant breeding, pesticides and chemical fertilisers and other technological developments that have caused widespread ecological damage and negative human health effects. 

Whatever be the cause of problems which has brought us to this situation, there is no question that the worst hit has been the loss of biological diversity. Paradoxically it is this diversity which ensures the sustainability of our healthy food productive systems.We can no longer afford to ignore this loss.

  • What role does agricultural biodiversity really play?  Why do we need to know about this?
  • What are the short and long term impacts of this loss and how does this loss affect the farming systems and farmers?
  • Does it affect our day-to-day lives in the city ? What can we do to conserve this natural asset?
Come and join us on 28th August for a talk and interactive discussion on Agro Bio-diversity. We are fortunate to have Neeraja Havalagi, from Portland, USA share with us, her knowledge and experiences on World Kitchen Garden Day. 

Neeraja has formal educational degrees from University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore; Clemson University, USA; Akamai University, USA, and was raised in a predominantly agriculture and education-based family in India, with a social and environmental conscience. Her current work is on Agro Bio-diversity. Details of her education, work experience, conference papers/publications are at www.neeraja.net

The talk will be followed by screening of the Film : DIRT!.
Watch the trailer at http://www.dirtthemovie.org

The day also gets us urban gardeners to take a break from our daily/weekly work schedules in our urban farms/gardens, to meet each other, exchange and share green gyan...and enjoy each other’s company in the midst of fun, games and food.

This talk will benefit all our friends who grow their own food, on rooftops or land, in urban or rural areas; and all those who support sustainable agriculture.

DATE & TIME:

Sunday, 28th August, 2016 - 9:30 AM TO 2:00 PM.

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

CLICK ME TO VIEW THE PAYMENT AND REGISTRATION DETAILS

CONTRIBUTION: 
DONORS:
Payment made on or before 26th August 2016:  Rs. 900/-
Payment made on or after 27th August 2016: 1300/-

NORMAL PARTICIPANTS:

Payment made on or before 21st August 2016: Rs. 900/-
Payment made between 22nd-26th August 2016(both dates inclusive): Rs. 1100/-
Payment made on or after 27th August 2016: 1300/-

Please note that seats are limited and confirmation of registration is subject to realisation of payment. Please note that payments are non-refundable. 
EXPECTED AGE GROUP: 
Above 14 years.

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT DETAILS
Please fill the form at the link given above 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 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.