Rooting to be a farmer

This weekend, attend workshops on howto grow fruits and vegetables organically

May 06, 2016 12:00 am | Updated 06:18 am IST

The workshops are aimedat both adults and children.

The workshops are aimedat both adults and children.

If you’ve ever wanted to know all about urban farming the organic way, then you can make a start this weekend. Mumbai Farmer, a blog devoted to propagating the cause of urban farming, will be conducting workshops aimed at both kids and adults.

Mandy Kumar, founder of Mandy’s Farms (a line of earth products) and Mumbai Farmer, has a wholesome approach to what is consumable in the market. A practitioner of urban gardening, she has, for the past four years, grown most of the fruits and vegetables her family consumes in her terrace garden. A mother of growing children, Kumar says, “Healthy food is that which sustains us and the planet. We cannot grow while destroying the planet and polluting it with chemicals and toxins.”

Kumar’s evangelising approach has now led to the launch of farming workshops for both children and adults. Launched late last month, these organic farming workshops have been planned till the end of the summer. The workshops will focus on teaching (children between the ages 7-15 and adults) how to pot and grow plants in an urban setup, bearing in mind the rain and sunlight that a city like Mumbai gets.

Each workshop will be around four hours long and aimed at deconstructing the process of growing. It will also include a practical class where techniques for cutting shoots, roots, altering pH levels, and recycling waste will be taught.

Call 8691023536 for details on the workshops to be held at Bandra and Andheri East on Saturday, May 7, and Sunday, May 8

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