Urban Leaves India: April 2013

Friday 26 April 2013


“What is this life if, full of care,

We have no time to stand and stare.

No time to stand beneath the boughs

And stare as long as sheep or cows.

No time to see, when woods we pass,

Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to see, in broad daylight,

Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

No time to turn at Beauty's glance,

And watch her feet, how they can dance.

No time to wait till her mouth can

Enrich that smile her eyes began.

A poor life this if, full of care,

We have no time to stand and stare “

---- William Henry Davies

Doesn't this poem which we all learnt in our school days ring true to our ears today? In the fast paced lives we live today we have lost our bond with Mother Nature.  We long for long lost gardens and green spaces in the concrete jungles of Mumbai, we long for pure and safe food for us and our loved ones, we long for the pure and unadulterated joy of playing with  soil……

Do you want to be a part of a dream which envisions green food forests and farms on terraces and spaces spread all across Mumbai? Do you want learn the magic of transforming this Grey

INTO this Green?


Then join us to give wings to our dreams and be a part of this transformation which will not only transform spaces but will also transform you……

Urban Leaves is laying the foundations of  community farms spread across Mumbai.  The details of the project  initiatives  are as follows:

Gopal's Garden High School
Borivali (East), Mumbai
 27th April 2013
 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Bhavan's Nature & Adventure Center   
Andheri(West), Mumbai
 1st May 2013
 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
ISKCON Temple,
Babulnath, Mumbai 
 4th May 2013
 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Don Bosco High School,
Matunga(East), Mumbai 
 5th May 2013
 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM

For more details check the calendar .

(There’s another proposed project by Mumbai Port Trust at Sagar Upwan (MbPT Garden, Colaba), please keep track of the calendar for details.)

There will be regular weekly volunteer opportunities where u can volunteer with like minded urban farmers and learn the art. For logistics purposes those coming, please use this form where you can opt for the events that you are planning to attend. Please fill in your name and email and select the events that you plan to attend

You can drop us an email with your choices at:  urbanleaves@gmail.com

To Many more happy gardening times together

Amit Malgaonkar

Team Urban Leaves

Thursday 4 April 2013

Amrut Mitti Workshops in April 2013

Dear Friends,

Winter and fall are behind us and spring is here. Trees have shed their old leaves and are welcoming spring with vibrant colors and new life. The ground is covered with a bounty (leaves) whose complete value is still unknown to us !

Come join us in making use of this bounty for preparing Amrut Mitti: a microbially and nutritionally rich soil. This will be your first step towards the natueco organic way of kitchen gardening.

Topics Covered:
  • Understanding the importance of Amrut Mitti
  • Amrut Jal Demonstration
  • Hands on activity of making Amrut Mitti
  • How can Amrut Mitti be used
  • What can be grown
  • Sowing calendar
  • Q&A
Urban leaves is also taking up a few community projects at various locations in Mumbai. You can participate in these projects as Urban leaves volunteers. This will not only provide you with valuable experience for your own kitchen garden but will also give you an opportunity to network with like minded souls and  help you to contribute meaningfully to the community.

Maharashtra Nature Park, Gate No. 2, Mahim, Opp Dharavi Bus Depot
Workshop I:   Sunday - 21st April 2013 - Making of Amrut Mitti
Workshop II:  Sunday - 28th April 2013 - Making of Amrut Mitti

You can register for any one of the workshops.
MAX. Intake: 30 persons  per session
 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Rs.500/- per person per session
Drawn in favour of "VIDYA VAARIDHI TRUST"  and courier to :
Mr. Uday Acharya
Vidya Vaaridhi Trust,
A-101 Mani Bhavan, 11th Road, Chembur
Mumbai 400071.

ECS Transfer
Account Name:                 VIDYA VAARIDHI TRUST
Saving Account No:           52009032981
PAN Number of Trust:       AAATV2294B
Bank:                               State Bank of Hyderabad
Type of Bank A/c:            Savings
Address of the Branch:     1st Road, Near M-Ward Office, Chembur Mumbai 400071
IFSC Code of Bank:           SBHY0020408
Please send us the details of the transfer by email

Please register to avail confirmed seat. Click for registration form.
Concession is available to those who need it. Kindly contact us.

Lots of smiles
Happy Gardening

Urban Leaves