Bhoomi Network is organising an organic and terrace gardening workshop on July 20. The workshop will help participants understand the basic principles of gardening and then apply it to their own context – homes, apartments, or terraces. The focus will be on practical aspects, so that one gets a first-hand experience with earth, soil, compost, nutrients, on the field. It will also deal with pest and disease management. Rajesh Thakkar, committed to organic gardening and farming, will be the faculty for this workshop.

The idea is to learn to grow safe, flavourful, native, nutritious produce for our kitchens and in the process learn a meaningful way of spending some of our leisure time. The kitchen-garden has been an integral part of a complete home, where freshness and nutrition from a variety of vegetables were given significance. Due to migration of people to urban areas, fertile agricultural land has been converted into houses and other infrastructure, reducing land for cultivation. But there is a movement around the world today to transform this barren city-scape into a green and valuable contributor to health and ecological balance. Estimates show that as many as 20 million people are engaged in urban agriculture all over the world. Half of Latin American cities, 72 per cent of urban households in Russia and 14 largest cities in China produce 85 per cent of the vegetables not only from terraces but also on empty sites, unbuilt areas, parks, etc.

The workshop is on Saturday July 20 from 8.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. at the Bhoomi Network, Prakriya School campus, Chikkanayakanahalli, off Doddakannalli, Sarjapur Road, Carmalaram Post. The fee is Rs. 1,200 per person (lunch, snack included). There are a limited number of seats. Registration closes on July 17. Contact Santhi on 9449853834/ 28441173.